the roach and a tomato

posted on 2013.12.25, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Photos
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roach and tomato (1)

the roach and a tomato

ISO 100, f/18, 1/125
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm Macro, 2.8

Another Jerusalem Cricket

posted on 2013.12.16, under bugs, insects, Photos
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jerusalem cricket (3)

Frozen ants

posted on 2012.12.30, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Photos
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ants 63

 

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

 

Hissing Cockroach

posted on 2012.11.24, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark III, Macro, Photos
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“Ten for $10″, read the sign at the East Bay Vivarium.  So I bought 10 roaches.  The guy tried to charge me $20.  I pointed at the sign, “Roaches ten for $10″ with a smile on my face.  He then went through the involved process of voiding out the previous sale.  I wish I would have kept my mouth shut.  The staff at the vivarium is odd, hostile with a sense of humor; elitist reptile lovers.

I finally finished “Killing the Fat Man Episode 11″ tonight and rewarded myself with a roach photo shoot!

This was shot in a photo tent, using 3 flashes.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm 2.8
f/32, 1/125, ISO 200

 

 

Lizard on Lizard in Mombasa

posted on 2012.05.29, under Canon 5D Mark III, Lens, Macro
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When you can’t sleep, this is what you may see at sun rise in Mombasa.

It took me about 15 minutes to get close enough to this prehistoric guy, to land this shot and hundreds more.  The lens hood got as close as 2 inches from this guy.  I was stealth and patient, but the biggest reason I got this shot, was because this reptile did not want to leave his kill.

I shot photos and video for about 30 minutes.  Several hundred ants showed up on the seen within minutes and began biting the predatory lizard (and me).  The lizard was smart and simply dragged his kill 2 or 3 feet away from the attacking ants.

To get most of the shots, I had to lie flat on the ground.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm  f/2.8

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.

 

 

Scottsdale insect in December

posted on 2012.02.20, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark II, insects, Photos
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Canon 5D
Canon MP-E 65mm
Canon Macro Flash MT 24 EX

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