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Michael Keniston
Michael Keniston
United States
Member since January 7, 2008
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About Me

Photography is just one of my many hobbies. I'm partial to macro photography which is highly specialized. I enjoy the challenge of documenting the details that can't be seen with the naked eye. At extreme magnification levels, the lens glass can be less than 1/4 inch from the subject and the depth of field less than 1/8 inch deep. Both these factors make capturing excellent images of such fast and skittish critters very difficult. There are several keys to meeting the challenge. First, understanding insect behavior and creating the proper environment to attract them is essential to getting close enough. Second, patience and the ability to endure mosquito and ant bites, thorn scratches, and salty sweat in your eyes is another. Third, realizing that at such magnification levels, the aperture must be as small as possible for maximum DOF while the shutter speed must be as fast as possible since most shots are taken handheld. Fourth, compensating the resulting lack of light with properly augmented flash. I use any combination of lenses, extension tubes, diopters and reverse mounted lenses to achieve the required magnification. I implement as many as 4 synchronized flashes set to varying levels and mounted on specialized wide and forward brackets with combinations of diffusers and reflectors. I hope you enjoy the results and appreciate my effort.

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