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1mm Jelly bean by AimishBoy 1mm Jelly bean by AimishBoy
A sweet sweet 1mm Aphid (Plant lice) prepares to feed on a sap of phloem vessels in a plant using it's Stylets (that long sucking thingi ;)

The technique is more or less the same in each one,
I use
Canon 450D
with a combination of:
Full set of Extension tubes
Canon F2.8 100mm Macro lens
Reversed mounted Canon 1.8 50mm
(in that order)

I shoot inside a light box with one flash in order to flood the box with light, the extreme magnification with the flash and colorful flowers/backgrounds gives a very vivid result.

shutter is set to around 1/200
Aperture on the 100mm lens is on F14
(as a balance between a grater DOF (around 1mm) and still keeping it sharp (diffraction with this combination is very enhanced)
the 50mm lens focus is set to infinity, and the aperture is open wide.
focusing is done by moving the camera backward and forward, and the magnification is set by the focus ring on the 100mm lens.

I prefer shooting Aphids since they are pretty still and don't move that much or that fast, plus, since they are about 1-2mm so they can fit into the extremely shallow DOF (and they are extremely cute!)
the average magnification with this combination is around 3:1, This photo is with two full sets of extension tubes and the magnification is about 6.5:1


www.Aimishboy.com/super-macro.html
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:iconcandylipss:
candylipss Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors.
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catelee2u Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!!
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prettyflour Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I featured this stunning photo here: [link]
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Glitsk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
it looks like glass i like it so much with that colours
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:iconmplonsky:
mplonsky Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good.
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Thanks Mark!
btw i have stumbled your site long ago when I just started. great site and great works! :)
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:iconmplonsky:
mplonsky Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. You have done a great job perfecting your technique. I know all too well how hard it is to photograph critters that are only 1mm in size.
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:iconarwenarts:
ArwenArts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
:wow: Awesome macro! :clap:
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:iconkatnam:
Katnam Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
ew
lol
*faves*
gross things are awesome
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:iconjeturcotte:
jeturcotte Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm... I also have the 2.8 100 1-1 macro lens, but my shots are grainier than that; wonder what I am doing wrong.
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
grainier?
do you have an example?
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:iconabhishek-mitra:
abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! beautiful!
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:iconcarhot:
carhot Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Oh, wow! That is amazing! I love it, the colours are wonderful and the focus is great too! :wow:
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:iconcoolbrain:
coolbrain Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010   Photographer
amazingly macro zoooooom! :D
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:iconfixinman:
fixinman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
While it is a fabulous picture I see far too many of these things.

Fun fact the Samurai Aphid of Japan shares a feature with a tribble. They are born pregnant.
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
true, and they also purr! ;)
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:iconfixinman:
fixinman Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
An aphid purr? Must be real quiet.
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
well.. you have to scratch it gently behind the antenna but I'm sure I've heard it purr... :?
;)
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:iconallkey:
Allkey Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
A masterpiece. I really don't know what people consider when they're voting for the featured photo of the week. I think this one has the best quality of them all and that this one deserves the first place. It's brilliant, focus, composition, colors... Just fantastic.
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
thank you very much! (:
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:iconmoonyblues:
MoOnyBlueS Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Very nice!!!
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:iconwith-0ut:
with-0ut Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
very beautiful macro!
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Eek!
Great shot :D
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:iconcliffsh:
cliffsh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
great capture, that camera must have been heavy with all that kit on it.
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
indeed! (:
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:iconmeganbednarz:
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   General Artist
Oh yep these are definitely jelly beans to the ladybugs ;)
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
hehe (:
but this one goes right to their thighs ;)
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:iconmeganbednarz:
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   General Artist
yep!
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:iconzygomatic-smile:
zygomatic-smile Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
incredible
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:iconzygomatic-smile:
zygomatic-smile Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
he looks like spun glass
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:icongeistwerk:
GeistWerk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
haha great :D
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El-3ala Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
great . .
and amazing colors ’’
:rose:
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:iconmila-v:
mila-v Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Wow! Its great! Colours are awesome and everything looks so jelly *__*
:+fav:
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:iconaimishboy:
AimishBoy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
10X!
do you want a bite? ;)
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