So I popped for a light tent
In an effort to clean up my act, I popped for a cocoon and maximized the use of my 750W strobes:
and after a couple trial shots ...wound up with this (Coldrain :p ), taken with the marvelous α100:
It's a start ... :o Note that bright blue Manual Focus band, will ya?
Macro -> Manual ... in all the excitement ...
(Correction to text made.) Still looks nice ... man, the color pick up is spectacular, especially considering the reflective-foil nature of the "α" symbol on the α700 camera's upper right-hand corner.
Don't you just love it when the things you buy .... uh, oh yeah ... work?
Anyway ... the tent is a terrific idea ... and not too terribly expensive. I think we're looking at $80. The 750W lamps ... well, $550 a pop, on sale. :rolleyes: (Better to already have a pair of those, eh?)
They are nice, because you can dial them down (or up) ... to balance out the exposure without having to physically move them ... which can be a royal pain, in tight places.
Watch out for the modeling lamp though, as they tend to get very warm in short order ... so use them sparingly (in other words, shut them off between shots) The plastic sides of the cocoon will actually start to melt if you do not respect that. Placing a small diffusing tent on the front of the strobe will tend to mitigate some of the heat, but it is still a good practice to avoid using the modeling lamp UNTIL you are actually ready to focus.
I remember seeing this damage happen at school, where one of the younger students actually burned through the "light tent" before they even knew what they had done. Call it a "silent killer." That was it for that unit. Now, I understand why lab fees are so high. :rolleyes:
Anyway, here's the α100 w/ a TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO