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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:49 pm    Post subject: A few recent insects Reply with quote

A few recent shots I didn't get round to posting here


Barkfly (Psocoptera)


Acorn weevil (Curculio)


Unknown lepidopteran caterpillars and eggs


Snipe fly (Rhagionidae)


Long legged fly (Dolichopodidae)


Aphid on weed seed head
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Barkfly must be Australian!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aphid is superb. Is it live? If not, how did you get it to look live? If so, how did you get it to hold still?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Aphid is alive, and just luck/perseverance..

When shooting live like this I shoot at wider aperture with larger overlap, where I can (ie when using the OM38 with an aperture), and shoot several stacks straight up and down. Often if one stack doesn't quite work out you can combine in a shot or section from an adjacent stack. Sometimes you can just get away by excluding a few intermediate shots from the stack. If that makes sense? Having said that it still often doesn't come out right.

The caterpillars are also alive. (Left hand caterpillar has a few doubled hairs due to movement, I should really tidy that)
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