Had a go with my Stackshot tonight, having got a helping hand to help hold the subject and background in place during the stack. This is a long dead Pterostichus melanarius beetle (Carabid), that has been mounted on a pin and held via the helping hands.
I cleaned it up with water and then helped dry with some Isopropanol 99% solution and then once mounted gave it a quick hair dryer, to dry it out from it stored industrial meths solution. Many of the drying and mounting tips, I got from the excellent extreme-macro.co.uk website. Lots of information on high magnification macro there.
I lit the subject with my twin macro flash, behind my poppadom vellum paper diffuser.
Here’s the result… Oh and if you read this Sis. Thanks 😀
Pterostichus melanarius beetle at 2x Magnification. 29 Shot Stack (ISO 100 F6.3 with Flash and Poppadom Diffuser) Stacked using Depth Map in Helicon Focus. Taken on Canon 650D with MPE-65mm