Myrmecos

Giant Water Bug

Belostoma sp. water bug, Illinois

I’m so used to taking photos of fast-moving ants and beetles that a sedentary insect comes as something of a relief.  Instead, the challenge with this Belostoma giant water bug was lighting the shot.

Aquariums are prone to reflections and dust on the glass.  I arranged a diffused flash above the tank, positioned behind the glass so as not to leave a reflection by illuminating the camera.

Photo details: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D

ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/200 sec, diffused overhead flash

Comments

  1. #1 Jack Jumper
    November 25, 2009

    IT not Friday Alex you got your day mixed up :)))))

  2. #2 Adrian Thysse
    November 25, 2009

    True bug, not a beetle, so we still have something to look forward to.

    Great shots!

  3. #3 Kai
    November 25, 2009

    Very nice shots! I’d like to see what you could do with a Lethocerus.

    ~Kai

  4. #4 Warren
    November 25, 2009

    Fantastic, as usual. I know you know, but it’s still
    nice to hear it. We are never so harsh as when we judge ourselves.

  5. #5 myrmecos
    November 25, 2009

    I dunno for how long, though. I’m running dangerously low on both beetle photos and the time to go out and photograph new ones. At this rate I might have to resort to linking to Ted MacRae every Friday instead…

  6. #6 myrmecos
    November 25, 2009

    Oddly enough, the larger the insect the harder it is for me to photograph it well. The sets start becoming simply enormous- perhaps a whole foot or more across(!)- and that’s a lot of extra prep work compared to the miniature sets needed for tiny subjects. So Belostoma is easier than Lethocerus.

    I do have this shot of a Lethocerus out of water. It’s not doing anything terribly exciting, though. Someday I’ll get one of those dramatic predation shots where it’s eating a toddler. Or something.

  7. #7 myrmecos
    November 25, 2009

    It’s kind of like Friday here, though. We have the long Thanksgiving weekend starting tomorrow.

  8. #8 jason
    November 25, 2009

    Attractive critter. These are very good shots!

  9. #9 Ted C. MacRae
    November 26, 2009

    :)

    Did you hand hold the flash heads above the water? Also, you’ve mentioned your tissue diffuser setup doesn’t work with the 100mm, so how did you diffuse the flash?

    I just think these are really awesome shots!

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