Archive for March, 2020

New use for Godox X1R-C

March 6, 2020

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of studio macro photography using a Godox X2TF (Wireless Flash Trigger for Fujifilm) mounted on my Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera with a Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite mounted on the pass-through hot shoe on top of the Godox X2TF.

This Rube Goldberg machine is big, heavy, and unstable sometimes, depending upon the camera angle relative to the subject.

Eureka!

I’ve been thinking about how I might move the Canon macro flash off-camera for studio photography. Then an idea occurred to me — maybe I could repurpose my Godox X1R-C (Wireless Flash Trigger Receiver for Canon) for use with the Canon macro twin flash in order to set- and trigger the macro flash by radio signal from Godox X2T-series and XPro-series radio flash triggers, or even another Godox TT685-series flash set for master mode.

Canon MT-26EX-RT (top) | Godox X1R-C (bottom)

Does it work?

During limited testing, the new off-camera flash rig works beautifully using either manual- or TTL modes. TTL works because the Godox X1R-C hotshoe features five contact pins in the same configuration as Canon Speedlites.

Product image courtesy B&H Photo.

I ordered some new articulating arms and micro clamps for positioning the Canon macro flash rig exactly where I want it during a photo shoot. Further testing will be conducted as soon as the new gear is delivered.

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MYN – S. plagiatus exuvia (ventral composite)

March 4, 2020

Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatusexuvia was collected by Joe Johnston on 17 July 2019 along Aquia Creek in Stafford County, Virginia USA.

17 JUL 2019 | Aquia Creek | Stylurus plagiatus | exuvia (ventral view)

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This specimen was photographed against a pure white background (255, 255, 255) using the “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) technique. I used the new variation on my old MYN studio rig and I’m still satisfied with the results.

Four photos were used to create a composite image: one photo focused on the thorax; and three other photos focused on abdominal segments two-three (S2-S3), seven (S7), and nine (S9).

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MYN – Stylurus plagiatus exuvia (composite)

March 2, 2020

Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatusexuvia was collected by Joe Johnston on 17 July 2019 along Aquia Creek in Stafford County, Virginia USA.

Two key field marks can be used to quickly identify both the genus and species of this specimen. Notice that abdominal segment nine (S9) is elongated, strongly suggesting this individual is a member of the genus Stylurus. The large dorsal hook of abdominal segment nine (S9) that overhangs segment 10 (S10) is a key marker for southern specimens of plagiatus.

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This specimen was photographed against a pure white background (255, 255, 255) using the “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) technique. I used the new variation on my old MYN studio rig and I’m still satisfied with the results.

Four photos were used to create a composite image: one photo focused on the head; and three other photos focused on abdominal segments five (S5), seven-eight (S7-S8), and 10 (S10).

Copyright © 2020 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


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