MACRO & MICRO FILMING
Spring 2019 saw the arrival of a large lump of rock at our studio in North Wales - a 2 tonne granite surface table to be precise!
This was to form the basis of our newly upgraded macro/micro facility - redesigned to achieve higher, vibration free magnifications of up to x 50. It's also designed to work either horizontally or vertically.
We can use micro Nikkor and Leitz Photar lenses with excellent results or for higher magnifications we use Nikon CF Plan objectives with longer working distances (160TL)
Ilumination can be dark field, reflected light or a combination of the two. We have taken special care to develop methods of precision light placement using fibre optics fed from LED sources. Fibre optic ring lights are also available to control shadow extent. Background illumination can be projected at lower magnifications for added realism.
A special feature of the bench is the motorised control of all camera movements (X Y + Z axes, plus rotation). This is achieved using joystick control for real time camera movement using linear DC motors or by stepper motors for timelapse and predetermined camera movements.
The profiles for these can be precisely adjusted for ramping, mid-shot variations etc. and can be reloaded for repeats as necessary.
We will be exploiting these facilities during the summer so please keep visiting as we add shots to the macro gallery.
If you'd like more information, please contact Geoff on 07887 778922 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Net Spinning Caddis Larva (Hydropsyche) filmed inside its case, building the net and finding prey
Black Fly Larva and Pupa Watch as the adult fly emerges, jet propelled by a bubble of air
Both species Filmed using the turbulent water system on the Ibex macro bench
can show creatures not easily seen
and our "snorkel rig" does it without disturbing them
Take a look at what they see ...
Newts in a pond
River minnows beneath tree roots
MOTION TRACKING UNITS
lightweight aluminium alloy rail
1.5 to 6 metre lengths available
suitable for both DSLR and full weight cameras
2 types of drive motor available
TYPE 1 DIRECT DRIVE FOR FAST REAL TIME TRACKS
optional joystick for analog speed control
remote radio control of the unit
remote operation of the camera utility over a wireless link
TYPE 2 STEPPER MOTOR DRIVE FOR
jerk free start
accurate repeatable camera moves
laptop controllable via dedicated software (through USB link)
profiles designed on the laptop can be stored in the motor controller (up to 8 or optionally 16 separate proflies can be stored
multiple stepper motors can be controlled simultaneously
(each needs its own controller)
PC control offers accurate adjustment of:
jerk free start characteristics
rate of acceleration
directional number of repeats
graphical representation of profile
selectable units - degrees, millimetres and steps
easy removal of the stepper motor drive from the track rail means it can also be used as a stand alone unit for rotary timelapse (pan or tilt)