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Bugs



Joined: 14 Nov 2012
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Location: Saskatchewan, Canada

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: New to the site Reply with quote

Hi folks

Thought I would introduce myself.

I have been interested in visual microscopy since I was a kid of about 10 and got a Perfect Co 300x toy microscope for Christmas. Jump ahead 40 years and I have a PhD in aquatic entomology and work as a freshwater macroinvertebrate taxonomist. Much of my work involves staring down a microscope six hours a day identifying "bugs" for various research projects.

My main lab equipment includes a Zeiss Stemi SV11 stereoscope and a Labophot II phase contrast compound microscope. Both have photoports that I connect a Canon Rebel xsi to take microphotographs. Most of my microscopic imaging is for work purposes and are quick snap shots of whole bugs or to illustrate taxonomic characters. I will post my website related to the freshwater aquatic "bugs" of Saskatchewan, Canada, in my profile if anyone wishes to visit.

I also enjoy nature photography. I use a second hand DSLR Pentax with an old Tamaron sp 90mm macro, 80-210mm zoom and a 500 mm mirror lens. I prefer available light imaging out in the field and rarely use a flash as I find available light imaging to be more natural looking.

I look forward to exchanging ideas with other members, viewing their images and, where I can, assist in identifying any "bugs" that members have.

Thanks
Dale (aka bugs)
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Harold Gough



Joined: 09 Mar 2008
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Location: Reading, Berkshire, England

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: New to the site Reply with quote

Welcome Dale

Bugs wrote:
II prefer available light imaging out in the field and rarely use a flash as I find available light imaging to be more natural looking.

As the best people do. Smile

Bugs wrote:
I look forward to exchanging ideas with other members, viewing their images and, where I can, assist in identifying any "bugs" that members have.

It's always good to have more entomological input.

Harold
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Joined: 04 Sep 2008
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Location: southern New Brunswick, Canada

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: New to the site Reply with quote

Harold Gough wrote:


Bugs wrote:
II prefer available light imaging out in the field and rarely use a flash as I find available light imaging to be more natural looking.

As the best people do. Smile

Harold


As a dedicated user of flash in the field (at ISO 100 and f/22 it's hard to use natural light for moving subjects) place me in the group of "worst people".
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:47 am    Post subject: Re: New to the site Reply with quote

NikonUser wrote:
As a dedicated user of flash in the field (at ISO 100 and f/22 .

That's interesting. When I recently ventured into f16 recently (due to the reversed zoom not having constant aperture) I almost felt that I should mention that as unobtrusively as possible and move quickly on. (A case where hand-holding required flash at ISO 100, new territory for me, a matter of practicality over preference).

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Joined: 10 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heh. I'll use any lighting at all that will help me get any kind of a good shot. atm, lighting does not seem to be my main problem . . . Laughing
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