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Locust

By CaptivePhotons    
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.

Tags: Close-up and macro Locust

Voters: BURNSIE, macromal, Ade_Osman and 9 more


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1 Oct 2012 7:12AM
WoW...some macro.....Mal.

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Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
1 Oct 2012 7:21AM

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
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
1 Oct 2012 8:05AM
Really impressive!

Ken
1 Oct 2012 8:26AM
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
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 10:41AM
It's pretty amazing as a single shot. Smile

Gerry
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
1 Oct 2012 8:00PM
It gets easier mate, trust me......Just be patient and the result will come.

Ade
kel55 3 8 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 9:11PM
I agree with ade the creature was doomed any way but this is still fantastic close up

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