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mygale



Joined: 02 Aug 2016
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:21 pm    Post subject: SCORPIONS Reply with quote

I'm mostly known for tarantula photography but 2018 will be all about scorpions.

They are all 40-50 megapixel, 16bit, ProPhoto, likely the most detailed (extreme) macros I’ve ever made.
EXIF, setups and so is in the Flickr description, everything is studio work.

Someone from the Smithsonian museum said in a TV interview that they are still venomous.
I couldn’t find any proof so far but I always had this in the back of my mind.


Androctonus gonneti Metasoma by mygale, auf Flickr

I'm still absolutely blown away by this metasoma. I have a another edit of this one, where it looks like it's made out of black shiny metal, one of my favorite wallpapers ever.
The original color was almost completely orange. I restored it to the original brown/black tone.


Androctonus gonneti Metasoma @1x by mygale, auf Flickr


Leiurus brachycentrus - Aculeus by mygale, auf Flickr

Unlike tarantula fangs which always are completely black, every scorpion aculeus I have seen so far was always darker at the end.
So far I assume that's due to the metals > https://flic.kr/p/VyXM4Y > https://flic.kr/p/Vz7G3X


Eye of the Scorpion - Leiurus brachycentrus 6x by mygale, auf Flickr

On the 100% few you can see the many scratched on the eye. Also, the mouth is on the right.


Scorpion Chela Apistobuthus pterygocercus by mygale, auf Flickr


Shield-Tailed Scorpion by mygale, auf Flickr

This sp. is the holy grail of scorpions. It also took A LOT longer to produce than anticipated, in total 12 hours.
I had to build this styrofoam box 3x, find sand that matched the one in the habitat, photographed 4 complete stacks, edited 2 own them completely manual with layer masks and combined them then.
Three days after staging it still wasn't hardened, there are 000 insect needles under the one Chela which holds them up. The Jansjö gives it a little "open dessert" hard light.


2018-03-04 17.34.43 2 by mygale, auf Flickr


My 2018 project: Scorpions by mygale, auf Flickr

All of them were collected for research purposes or are captive breeds, none of them were killed. Usually, they directly go to the universities.
I keep them completely intact, which makes it a lot harder to photograph them at 6-10X.
Since weeks I'm working full time on the upcoming scorpion projects, so there's a lot more to come.
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Smokedaddy



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent!
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razashaikh



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning set!
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svalley



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Location: Albany, Oregon

PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exquisitely executed, well done.

Steve
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leonardturner



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spectacular! Your hard work has produced great results.

Leonard
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mygale



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Buthacus stockmanni Telson 3,2X by mygale

Buthacus stockmanni Telson 3,2X

This small scorpion species with around 5 cm body length (body+flat metasoma) has an exceptionally long aculeus.
It’s named after my friend Mark who discovered it, and collected this exact specimen in the wild.
Original colors restored based on a living one, also photographed by me!
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mygale



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Hottentotta franzwerneri Metasoma 2x by mygale, auf Flickr

0.1 Adult female Hottentotta franzwerneri preserved in 75% Isopropyl.
Location: Morocco, exact location only on request.
Original colors restored based on a living one, also photographed by me!

Sony Alpha 7RII - MPE 65mm @2x - 2x Godox AD200, Cognisys Stackshot.
7952x5304px, 32 images, ƒ5,6, 160µm.
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mygale



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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apistobuthus pterygocercus Metasoma by mygale

Apistobuthus pterygocercus Metasoma
1.0 (Sub)Adult male Apistobuthus pterygocercus preserved in 75% Isopropyl.
Location: Oman, exact location only on request. Original colors restored, based on a living one also photographed by me!

Sony Alpha 7RII - MPE 65mm @~1,2X - 2x Godox AD200, Cognisys Stackshot, 78 images, ƒ5,6, 250µm.

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Since weeks I'm working full time on the upcoming scorpion projects, so there's a lot more to come.


Check the first posters here: https://mygale.de/en/scorpions/
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Macro_Cosmos



Joined: 15 Jan 2018
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oof, that's a lot of scorpions. The amount of detail is staggering! Great work. Looking at them sent shivers down my spine, that's the level of detail Very Happy
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mygale



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scorpion Chelicera (Crop) by mygale, auf Flickr

Scorpion Chelicerae by mygale, auf Flickr
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