Spider Christmas

Spider Christmas

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DescriptionI wonder what is in this parcel? I think it might be an aphid prepared earlier.  This is one of those lucky shots.  I had the Mitakon out with the flash on it handheld, not on the tripod.  I was relying on the flash to get sharp images, and as much luck as anything else to get the right focus.  Focusing handheld by moving at f2.8 then shifting to f8 without moving is a bit hard.  This however paid off.  This is 3:1 macro, handheld with the Metz ringflash, in twilight, not full dark, which made focusing a LOT easier.  The spider here is about 3mm long, and the frame is cropped, not for magnification, but because there was too much negative space below the parcel that was drawing the eye onto it and away from the spider.  After about 15 months with the Mitakon it responds well to lots of light, needing the flash in anything but full sunshine, and you need to use Unsharp Mask carefully with the images to get the best.  This is about 7 pixel, 1.7 strength, and I've found a threshold of 1% makes a huge difference.  Obviously that is after Topaz Denoise AI, a hint of noise reduction back in Affinity, because Topaz never cleans up the backgrounds well, and some clarity on the parcel.  Whilst the lens seems soft, this is what you can get using USM to firm up the detail.
ArtistRob Daykin
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MakeOLYMPUS CORPORATION
ModelE-M1MarkII
Lens ModelMitakon 85mm f2.8 Super Macro
Focal Length85.0 mm
F Number2.8
Aperture2.8
ISO1600
Shutter Speed1/200