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Jul 26, 2012 22:50 |  #1

Was out looking for frogs, toads or other interesting nocturnal critters to use my 100 2.8 Macro on, when I came across this guy. I coaxed him into a, uh, temporary "glass house" for a quick photoshoot indoors. Don't worry, he was released back into the night shortly after. Taken with a tripod, ISO 1600. Flash was a no-go due to the glass.

In the indoor light (but not bright enough to allow higher f-ratio for greater depth-of-field). 1/20 sec, f/2.8:

IMAGE: http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab246/shinksma/Bugs%20up%20close/IMG_1415_1024.jpg

And with the lights mostly off (some ambient), brightened considerably. 2 sec exposure @ f/4. Sorry the shot is so blurry - oddly enough the bugs won't glow when the lights are on:
IMAGE: http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab246/shinksma/Bugs%20up%20close/IMG_1448_1024.jpg

The part that glows is quite visible in the normal-light shot, and looks almost like the glow-in-the-dark fluorescent paint found on old watches.

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Jul 26, 2012 23:49 |  #2

Nice, I grew up around these, sure do miss them




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Jul 27, 2012 01:26 |  #3

Good ones
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Jul 27, 2012 01:29 as a reply to LordV's post |  #4

I wish we had those here; I could have some fun photographing those critters.


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Jul 27, 2012 06:34 |  #5

great stuff...now i actually know what a firefly looks like




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Jul 27, 2012 08:29 |  #6

nice catch steve.


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Jul 27, 2012 10:51 |  #7

Thanks everyone. I normally wouldn't post photos that are so imperfect, but I figured the parts that are good are pretty good: the rear abdomen nicely in focus in the first shot, and sufficient detail in the glow shot.

Curiously, my fiancee was surprised I found this guy - she thought there were no fireflies in this part of Florida (Orlando area), and she's a local. And on a similar note, a few weeks ago I rescued a star-nosed moleexternal link from my pool, which apparentlyexternal link are rare in Florida, found only in the Okefenokee Swamp area (I'm not near Okefenokee).

And believe me, it was a star-nosed mole - no mistaking that face...

I should have taken a picture, but I was more concerned with making sure it lived. It quickly burrowed into the soil just like a mole should out in the garden once I got it out there.

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Jul 27, 2012 12:15 |  #8

Interesting shots. Great work.


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Jul 28, 2012 14:38 |  #9

I think that is the FIRST time I have seen a photo of one lite up. Bravo! I so wish we had those out here in California. Only saw them once in NJ as a kid. Well done.


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