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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

IF THIS ISN’T, THESE AREN’T. (26/05/15)

I have eventually managed a reasonable shot at 5x magnification on something alive and moving. It does move slowly but it’s a start. I have had to tape a couple of pieces of aluminium bun case onto the flash to reflect some light into the job. The problem is I only have about 8mm to play with. I’ll rephrase that………..I only have 8mm clearance between the ring flash and the subject. I have been looking at THE VENUS OPTICS KX 800. I can’t find a review of it and at the price I suspect it won’t be the most robust of flashers.
I’ll get on with the post as I have a lot on today.
_V0G8608      Red Campion.
_V0G8609     If this isn’t Red Campion then the tiny black aphids aren’t Brachycaudus lychnidus. It wouldn’t be the end of the world but it is nice to identify something correctly now and again. Aphids are very difficult as they vary in size and some have wings and some don’t.
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_V0G8587     They are active little things as these images were taken in less than a minute._V0G8614    A shy one.
_V0G8590     One taken on a plastic lid. My solution for a light box.
Now I have a challenge for the rest of today. I have some Spring-Tails in a box. I will have to try and think of a way of containing them as the last one sprang into my cup of coffee. It is not noticeably detrimental to the drink and it does stop them hopping but I suspect real buggers would not be impressed with the pictures.

21 comments:

  1. ick...look too much like fleas...and I detest those buggers.

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    1. R.Mac, we buggers no the difference.

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  2. Someone who studies bugs should be referred to as a bugger and you are becoming an expert in buggery Adrian. Words that rhyme with bugger include hugger, mugger, plugger, rugger and slugger and last but not least - tugger. Keep up the good and interesting work!

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    1. YP, I have bowed to your superior knowledge and edited the post. Many thanks.

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  3. Good luck with your challenge for today, these here are exceptional.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, I've tried manual flash as at a 1/4 power the duration freezes movement much better. ETTL was getting a bit hit and miss.

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  4. Who else could make aphids so interesting Adrian!!

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    1. Carol, I never realised they were so complex either.

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  5. Adriaan this I do not after you.

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  6. Showing these guys with the green leaf background really shows them off. I've watched aphids and they are never still unless the temperature is close to or below freezing. How's that for a cold tip?

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    1. Red, yes many people chill insects before taking pictures. I have tried it and it does slow them down but they warm up fast.

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  7. Really like the Campion and it's reflection. Fantastic images Adrian

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    1. Douglas, I like the reflected images. I'll do some more of them.

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  8. Con lo bonita que es, la pobre está llena de bichos :(
    Un abrazo

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    1. Laura, sí, me gusta los flowrs en el espejo. Son los insectos me estaba mirando.

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  9. Simply unbelievable details! Great work as usual.
    Greetings

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    1. Kovacs, thank you. I'll see what I can find today.

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  10. Who would have thought those little bugs would be so interesting. I almost feel guilty for getting rid of them in the garden.

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    1. Pauline, some aphids are very destructive and many aren't. The diversity of tiny creatures is amazing. Identifying them is also fun.

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  11. Rather attractive in an aphid sort of way.

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