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Just your common garden locust. I was going to focus stack him but it proved rather problematic. I did consider a six inch nail after an hour or so.

Title:Locust
Username:CaptivePhotons CaptivePhotons
Uploaded:1 Oct 2012 - 6:45 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Locust
Votes:12

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macromal
macromal  2
1 Oct 2012 - 7:12 AM

WoW...some macro.....Mal.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114435 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 7:21 AM


Quote: I did consider a six inch nail after an hour or so.

GrinGrinGrin Welcome to my world, did you try chilling him down in the fridge for a wee while beforehand, that normally works, but not with every species admittedly. I'm assuming it was a captive specimen bred for the pet trade as opposed to a wild one, if this was the case and he was going to end up as something's lunch anyway, 5 minutes in the freezer would have probably killed him and then allowed you to set him up as you wished. Not something I endorse, but if it was obtained as live food for a reptile or such like he was going to die anyway, so I don't have a problem with it.

Considering the conditions you were under and the fact it's a one shot image, I don't think you could have done much better, well done to you....

Ade

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franken
franken e2 Member 112913 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 8:05 AM

Really impressive!

Ken

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CaptivePhotons
CaptivePhotons e2 Member 101496 forum postsCaptivePhotons vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 8:26 AM

Thanks all


Quote: I'm assuming it was a captive specimen bred for the pet trade

Correct, very low cost locusts Tongue


Quote: did you try chilling him down in the fridge for a wee while beforehand

Yup, did that, tried completely freezing one too. I also made a kill jar with ethyl acetate. The problem with both of these methods is that the frozen specimen froze in odd poses and the kill jar method kept them soft and supple but they were to limp, the jaws for instance rested on the floor and the antennae got 'brewers droop'.

I think I'm trying to be a little too ambitious at the moment. I was trying for a stack of 40-50 shots and although the camera was set to fire automatically, leaving me to concentrate on adjusting the focus rail, it was still taking a little too long.

More practice required. Smile

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 10:41 AM

It's pretty amazing as a single shot. Smile

Gerry

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114435 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 8:00 PM

It gets easier mate, trust me......Just be patient and the result will come.

Ade

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kel55
kel55 e2 Member 1kel55 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 9:11 PM

I agree with ade the creature was doomed any way but this is still fantastic close up

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