Tice: damn..I'm a humbled after seeing those shots and compared to you guys and have lots to learn. Tice really nice work..I've been reviewing macro photos for over 6 months solid and yours rank in the top 5%.
With respect to the diffusers - do you have any photos you care to post on your creations? sounds like you've done quite a bit to master just the right amount of light
That makes a lot of sense what you say with respect to angles and not necessarily dead on center. I caught some of this today (day two with the lens and flash). it was very difficult (for me) to find the focus point and as you may recall, the lens takes some getting used to. PS - did you see the link the Flake had sent me on a different thread? if not go here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220640935659&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
this may help with respect as an alternative idea to a diffuser, pulling the flash heads further away @ any degree you like
Tice - how did you ever get those bug shots without scaring the critter away or getting stung? At 5x and 4x I kept bumping into my plant (subject) for starters let alone trying to get it in focus. Did you refrigerate your subject matter? use Macro rail on tripod, use a cable or live view? any and all insight would be much appreciated. - thanks for the photos