MYN – Genus Celithemis exuvia (dorsal)

An odonate exuvia was photographed against a pure white background using the “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) technique.

The following photo shows a dorsal view of an exuvia from the Family Libellulidae (Skimmers), possibly a species in the Genus Celithemis (Pennants).

80mm (120mm, 35mm equivalent) | ISO 200 | f/16 | 1/180 s | 0 ev

The Backstory

This specimen was collected (near Richmond, Virginia USA) by Andy Davidson. Andy is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University working on a research project entitled “Predator-Prey Interactions in a Changing World.”

Tech Tips

I’m beginning to feel more comfortable with the MYN technique, including equipment set-up for best results, camera settings, and post-processing. When I feel like my work flow is fairly firm, I will post step-by-step directions and a few behind-the-scenes photos.

The following equipment was used to shoot the macro photographs featured in this post: Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera; Fujifilm MCEX-11 extension tube; and Fujinon XF80mm macro lens minus the lens hood. The camera was set for both manual exposure and manual focus. That’s right, a switch on the camera body is used to set the type of focus. It’s a Fujifilm thing.

Godox X2TF radio flash trigger, mounted on the hotshoe of my X-T1, was used to control two off-camera external flash units set for radio slave mode.

  1. Godox TT685C Thinklite Flash for Canon Cameras (manual mode), fitted with a “Vello Bounce Dome (Diffuser) for Canon 580EX II Flash,” was used to light the underside of the translucent white plastic background; the top of the flash unit was ~30 cm from the bottom of the white plastic.
  2. Godox TT685F Thinklite Flash for Fujifilm Cameras (manual mode), fitted with a Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 flash modifier, was used to light the subject from above.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 was used to spot heal and sharpen the image.

Copyright © 2019 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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