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Odocoileus virginianus,

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Bones and eggs don't photograph well with our standard photography set up. The light is too uniform and omnidirectional. Specimens simply wash out and the lovely shapes are difficult to see or, at least, appreciated. Enter the snott. A snoot is just a cone set over a flash that makes the light uniderectionalish. I made one out of tin foil and then used the other flash to bounce weakly off a Styrofoam box to fill in some shadows just a bit. This, by the way, is a white tail deer vertebra. More to come in the future. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 400, Shutter Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.


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