High-speed macro 3D photography.
NancyP: WOW. Markus, This is just fabulous. Your home-built apparatus plus your aesthetic sense has produced some great, and unusual, photos. Doc Edgerton would be proud of you! For those who don't get the reference, Edgerton of MIT pioneered photographic use of strobe light http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Eugene_Edgerton
For those who like insects in flight, there's another macro expert with his own home-built interrupted laser beam triggered PORTABLE setup. See the flikr account of fotoopa http://www.flickr.com/people/fotoopa_hs/ and Fred Miranda macro forum http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820/15 for
As NancyP indicates, this is great work of Markus. The setup shows a precise finish of all details. The exposure contributes to high-quality images and beautiful color effects.
I have already started ( fotoopa) such recordings in 2004. Markus has however the setup worked out even better. You have to do it all yourself in order to obtain results. Markus does it with a lot of knowledge.
The Vivitar flashes are indeed very good. I also use the Vivitar 283 with modified short exposure time. The Nikon SB-80-DX flashes can also be very short trigger to less than 1/256 via the X and Q pin signals. I use 4 of this SB-80-DX flashes driven via my DIY controller hardware. The ringflash SB29s can also be driven to 1/512 power.
Now I lay me more on flying insects. Many of these techniques are also used with only one difference: you never know when an insect comes true infocus. I use laser systems for the detection.
Again, congratulations to Markus for these exceptional results.
Thanks for the nice advise. To capture in-flight insects the technique can sometimes help. To shoot high-speed in-flight insects I use a laser setup for several years and successfully. Many results are available on my Flickr site, including the techniques.http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoopa_hs/It remains a challenge to make good macro images.Frans.