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Lou Jost



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:21 am    Post subject: Ornate katydid Reply with quote

Two of these katydids (genus Moncheca, species closest to M. elegans but color is wrong) came to a collecting light in our Rio Zunac research station in eastern Ecuador. I caught them and kept them alive for two weeks to photograph, and continued photographing them once they had died. The low-m shots are done mostly with the Olympus PEN F and in-camera focus bracketing with the Oly 60mm macro lens. Slightly larger versions are at www.ecomingafoundation.wordpress.com including male genitalia for ID


This (above) is just a single shot, not stacked.








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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice set.
Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice macros. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are spectacular -- an interesting and intrinsically attractive subject, photographed beautifully, using a very wide variety of styles and techniques. The phrase "tour de force" comes to mind!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lou,

Great shots!! Love the colors you captured with backgrounds and live action!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is #2 one where you used your 60mm macro, reversed?
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Beatsy



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous set Lou! Love the white background shots in particular - really suits the subject.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all very much for your kind comments! I was in the field (back at this same research station) these last two days so could not respond. This was a really inspiring subject for me, great fun to work with.

ChrisR, Photo 2 was a regular stack-by-rail, with my 135mm Vivitar/Komine and a Mitutoyo objective (either the 7.5x or 10x, I don't remember now). I used cross-polarized light, but purposely didn't make it perfectly crossed, so the highlights would be white instead of purple (since my polarizers aren't 100% effective at the shortest wavelengths.). Edit--This is still the PEN-F MFT camera.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful shots.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive is an understatement.
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Lou Jost



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, razashaik and tevans9129!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Special images. A pleasure to view these. Very Happy
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