Another Jerusalem Cricket

posted on 2013.12.16, under bugs, insects, Photos
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A fly landed on my leg

posted on 2013.07.02, under bugs, insects, Macro, Photos, portraits
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I was holding the Canon 5D Mark III, with the Canon 65mm MP-E lens and the MT 24X flash attached.

This fly landed and at f16, ISO 200-320, 1/200, he was all mine.

 

Frozen ants

posted on 2012.12.30, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Photos
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It had been raining for 3 days straight.  The ants had invaded the house.

I took a small dish and filled it with about 1/8 inch of water and put it in the freezer.  I then let a several hundred ants climb onto a piece paper.  Once the water was frozen, the paper was held over the ice and the ants that fell to the ice seemed to freeze almost instantly.  I did not expect such immediate results.

63 photos were assembled to get the above photo.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100MM MACRO 2.8
Helicon Focus Software

pincher bugs or earwigs

posted on 2012.12.25, under insects, Macro, Photos, Uncategorized
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It was not a happy moment.  Three earwigs were extracted from the back yard and put into a glass jar.  I tried to take their photo, but they just wouldn’t remain still, not even for a second.  I finally got this idea, to stick them in the freezer for a few minutes.  After several attempts of 5 minutes, 7 minutes and 10 minutes in the freezer, I still wanted them to move slower.  I put the earwigs in the freezer and watched an episode of “Breaking Bad” (HBO TV series).  When I pulled the earwigs out of the freezer, they were dead.

You can see moisture on the pincher bugs back.  The bugs legs folded under their body, a trait I have seen from other insects when they die.

Both of these photos were assembled using the “focus stacking” technique.  I think it was 11 photos each.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens

The Mosquito Eater that stood still

posted on 2012.12.04, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, insects, Macro, Uncategorized
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It was midnight.  I was finishing up some editing and just about to call it a night, when this guy flew onto my keyboard.
I quickly set up 2 Canon Speedlites and 2 continous lights.  The talent (the mosquito eater) was placed on a roll of toilet paper and the photo shoot began.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm Macro 2.8

ISO 100, f/8, 1/160

 

Washington DC insect

posted on 2012.08.30, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, insects, Photos
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Looking from my hotel window.

African thorny bug

posted on 2012.06.26, under Canon 5D Mark III, insects, Macro, Photos
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I actually saw these bugs around for a couple of days before I realized they were alive.   At first I thought they were plant matter; thorns or bristles.  Even after I realized that they were insects, I assumed I was looking at castings of an insect that had molted.

It was confirmed this was a living insect when I saw this guys eating a leaf.

This was shot in foliage, 10 meters from the Indian Ocean in Mombasa, Kenya.

Canon MP-E 65MM macro lens
Canon 100mm Macro 2.8

 

 

The Spider, The Bee, and the Flies

posted on 2012.05.16, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Flash, insects, Macro
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I tried to go on a walk this sunny San Diego morning, but I did not make it 30 feet out the front door, before I found this spectacular photo opportunity.

This green spider captured the bee and several small flies (?) have jumped on board.

Video coming soon!

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 65mm MP-E macro lens
Canon Macro Flash MT 24-EX 

Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder (EF Lens Mount)

posted on 2012.04.09, under Macro, Video
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I opened the Canon EOS C300, charged the battery and took her out to the back yard.  This was shot in about 30 minutes.  I used 3 lens (f/2.8 100mm, f/1.4 24mm, MP-E 65mm Macro) and a slider)

Bug Season – Del Mar, California – April 8, 2012

posted on 2012.04.08, under Canon 5D Mark III, Uncategorized
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Canon 5D Mark III
Canon MP-E 65mm Macro lens

There is no comparison between the Mark II and the Mark III.  Any serious photographer will be happy with the Mark III purchase and never look back at the Mark II.

 

 

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