I went to the lake today to see what was moving as was pleasantly surprised to find a few violet darters perching on anything other than the ground -normally they aren't in the plants until July or August. I found this one perching on a fallen branch in a peach orchard. Notice the bokeh -one of the benefits of shooting with a 500D diopter. The grass was only a few centimeters away but there's little detail in it.
All Canon gear: Xti (shutter priority 1/200, ISO 200) + 100mm macro lens + 500D diopter. MR-14 EX ring flash set to a 4:1 ratio and -2 FEC.
I backed off and put all of my tubes on the rig and moved back in for a shot at 3x. I wanted a side shot, but he wasn't having any part of it
All Canon gear: Xti (manual mode F16, 1/200, ISO 200) + 62mm of extension tubes + 100mm macro lens + 500D diopter. MR-14 EX ring flash set to a 4:1 ratio and -1/3 FEC. To give you some idea of scale: This next shot is only 8mm wide.