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I'm doing a macro Q&A with the moderators of the WOW-Macros Group. You can submit your questions here:…

Ask anything you like -I'll answer any questions that you have :)

Contact Info

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM
With a blog and several gallery sites I just don't seem to update this journal. So instead of duplicate posts I'm just going to list the sites I post to and some contact info.

If you want to license my work please contact Tom Stack and Associates.

If you are working for a non-profit organization and need images please contact me via my Gmail account: -as long as it's non-profit I won't require a license fee (but you do need to contact me first, and give me credit for the photo).

Want to know how I take the images in my gallery? I give away all my secrets on my blog No Cropping Zone and my tutorials here at Deviant Art.

Want to get constructive feedback on an image? Then post at the Fred Miranda Macro Forum.

If you have specific questions about any image that I've posted at Deviant Art then just ask them in the comments section of the image. I'm more than happy to help out -if it wasn't for the kindness of strangers when I fist started shooting I'd still be taking snap shots...

Follow me on Twitter: (at)dalantech

Still Around

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 29, 2011, 11:52 PM
Lately I've been busy and now that it's December most of the critters are either gone, or they are hibernating until spring. If I can't find anything to point the camera at this weekend (or the weather forces me to stay home) I'll start working on an abstract project. The tough part is finding something new that catches people's attention. The world just doesn't need another water drop splash photo... :D

Daily Deviation #6

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 15, 2011, 1:15 AM
Thanks to :iconkinipelahh: for suggesting and :iconhellfirediva: for featuring Solitary Bee on Mint VII!

Solitary Bee on Mint VII by dalantech

100,000 Page Views

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 20, 2011, 12:20 PM
A special thanks to all of you who follow my work! I don't always get the chance to respond, but know that I really appreciate you stopping by :)

Macro Contest Winners Announced

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 7, 2011, 4:05 AM
It was my pleasure to be one of the judges, and to provide Premium Memberships for the top three winners, of the Macro Beauty in Every Day Objects contest… !

DD #5

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 10, 2011, 11:36 PM
Thanks to :iconputyourbravefaceon: for suggesting and :iconhellfirediva: for featuring this image:

Caught in the Rain by dalantech

Thanks to everyone who has commented on the photo! I don't have time to answer everyone, but there are some common threads...

Yes, honeybees have hair growing out of their eyes, probably so there is more surface area for collecting pollen. I use to think that it offered some protection for their peepers, but a lot of other bee species don't have hairy eyes.

No, the critter isn't dead. Although not obvious from the head shot she is soaked (body and wings) and with the sudden temperature drop after the storm was pretty lethargic. She was moving, forcing me to recompose several times and I had to delete several shots that were ruined by her antenna -bees constantly move them.

I took the shot with Canon's MPE-65mm macro lens and an MT-24EX macro twin flash for the light source (in the tech listed in the artists comments under the photo).

Macro Contest

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 8, 2011, 2:13 PM
Enter to win the Beauty in Everyday Objects Contest… -I'm a sponsor and one of the judges. Good luck!!!

My Mentor

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 15, 2011, 6:15 AM
If you want to see who inspired me to get into macro, the one who pushed me to push myself, and get a healthy dose of "this is how it's done" then head on over to Professor Mark Plonsky's gallery

DD #4

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 9, 2010, 1:21 PM
I'm really quite stunned!

Thanks to:



and :iconmichelle-fennel: for suggesting the photo,

and to :iconimpressionenmeer: for featuring it!!!

Gymnast by dalantech

Abstract Macro

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 30, 2010, 4:20 AM
Go check out the Abstract Macro - Abstract Colors article… and get some inspiration.

:iconimpressionenmeer: may be holding an abstract macro contest in the not so distant future ;)

Back in the Saddle

Journal Entry: Tue May 25, 2010, 7:10 AM
I'm back from vacation and back to shooting macro -new images soon :)

On Vacation

Journal Entry: Sun May 16, 2010, 12:42 AM
I'll be on vacation from the 17th to the 24th of May and I'll have limited Internet access, so I probably won't be answering emails or notes for the next week. Take care and I'll see you when I get back :)

I need your help!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 3, 2010, 10:43 AM
I was tasked by :iconimpressionenmeer: to go through the macro section here at DA and to send her DD suggestions and after well over 60 pages I was painfully reminded of why I never visit the macro section.

There are almost no real macro photos in it...

Seems that most people don't understand what a macro photo is. To the topless woman on about page 26: You have every right to punch the photographer for putting a shot of your boobs in the macro section.

So what I need from all of you is this: If you see a macro photo that's worthy of a DD then shoot me a note. All I ask is that you do not send me a link to one of your images, or one of mine. I'd like to spotlight new shooters, but don't let that be the main criteria. I'm looking for quality images that are properly composed.

Thanks in advance for all your help!



DD #3

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 2, 2010, 12:17 AM
Thanks to Patrickrugheimar for suggesting the photo, and impressionenmeer for awarding me my third DD!

   Freckles II by dalantech

Macro Photographer of the Year

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 14, 2010, 4:31 AM
I've been selected by Digital Photographer Magazine as their Macro Photographer of the year for 2009. Here is the winning image:

Freckles II by dalantech

Considering the level of the photographers that entered the competition, and that have galleries on the Digital Photographer web site, I'm honored to have won!

Long Time No Post

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 2, 2010, 1:55 PM
Sorry folks -I just don;t get around to updating my journal here very often. I either just hit Twitter with a tweet or blog at No Cropping Zone. I am going to make a point of going through the macro section and featuring a few photographers on a semi-regular basis.

Due to an unusually warm winter I'm already shooting critters -normally I get a break from late October to the middle of January but not this year. If I have a choice between updating blogs, journals, and forum posts or going out with the camera then it's an easy choice ;)

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome my new followers and to apologize: I don't have time to thank everyone for every fave. I do respond to comments on my images though, and you can post your macro related questions in my Macro Q&A thread (…).

All the best to you and yours for the new year, and happy shooting :)



The Extreme Macro Group

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 16, 2009, 11:48 AM
I'm not sure if I'm ready to kick it off or not, but the Extreme Macro Group is open for members and submissions. To be clear I have two expectations for the group:

1) To showcase only the best above life size photography that Deviant Art has to offer.

2) To be a repository for tips and tricks on shooting macro (with an emphasis on shooting over life size).

So I want your best work, and I want to pick your brain :D

Also let this journal entry serve as a call for C0-Founders: Note me if you're interested.


Diffuser Redesign

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 4, 2009, 8:19 AM
Like most years I spent the last part of the "bug season" experimenting with my MT-24EX and working on better ways to diffuse it. After a lot of trial and error attempting to build a completely new diffuser, that really didn't work better than what I had, I redesigned the set that I've been using for the past year. If you want to get all the details then check out this blog post. I shot two videos, one of them in the middle of building the diffusers and one at the end, plus I've included links to where you can get the parts.

Charity Bazaar Report

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 21, 2009, 1:45 AM
I've posted a <a…">report on the Charity Bazaar on my blog -it's easier to lay out a post on Blogger than it is here, so you'll have to hit my blog if you're curious about what it's like to sell photos to the public. My coworker, and fellow photographer, Scott Knaust shot a 360 degree panoramic of the room that we were selling photos in. If you look to the right of the large bee photo that's me sending an email on my iPhone :)

Edit 23 Oct 09: Free shipping on prints anywhere in the world until the 27th of October!