Insects in flight, Lacewing

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Insects in flight, Lacewing

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May Beetle and what looks like a Fungus Gnat. (composite image). Captured using a Cognisys insect flight rig.

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Excellent images ... sure is interesting seeing what these little critters look like and we never even think about it.

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Thanks Jim, here is another species

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Very nice! Those surely made shooting bird-in-flight photos look easy.

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Insects in flight

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Fabulous images!

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Thanks for the feedback. A beautiful Micro-moth.

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Lovely shot, and to get so much in focus.
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These are marvelous pictures!

I would be interested to know the larger setup. The device from Cognisys handles synchronizing the exposure to capture an object being in the proper place -- framing and focus. But still you have to arrange to get the object into that place to start with. This strikes me as a matter of "bug-wrangling", and I have no idea how it's done.
grgh wrote:and to get so much in focus.
EXIF information in the photo says that the moth was shot at nominal f/14 using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. Given the size of the moth, I'm guessing that's around effective f/20. From the standpoint of focus, this is classic one-shot stop-down technique.

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Thanks Rik. The original field of view was about 40 mm on a 50 megapixel sensor. I cropped the image in post to about a 16 mm field of view, The insects wing span is around 8 mm.

I attract the insect to fly around flowers using a mercury vapor light which increases the probability of a hit significantly. I have also chased moths around flowers holding the rig but that's hard work and at 85 F not much fun.

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What a way to travel


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Amazing pictures.
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Stunning images! Interesting to hear the mercury vapour lamp helps.

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Thank you, here is another micro-moth

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Tiny Plant Hopper

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Ys, "insect wrangling" at its best!!! The plant hopper is my favorite, who ever sees these in flight like this?

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