Anochetus paripungens


Anochetus paripungens trap-jaw ant carrying a cocoon, Australia

photo details:
Canon EOS 50D camera
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec
twin flash heads placed in front and behind the subject.


  1. #1 Joshua King
    May 26, 2010

    Impressive! Let’s see you carry a folded-up queen size futon mattress in your mouth. Not so easy is it now, Mr. Endoskeleton!

  2. #2 Ted C. MacRae
    May 26, 2010

    Very interesting lighting effect with the flash head placement. Did you hand hold the back head or use some kind of extender?

  3. #3 Alex Wild
    May 26, 2010

    Josh- heh. That made me laugh.

    Ted- handheld, but an extender would probably be easier. I’ve been experimenting a lot with this sort of arrangement recently- I like the “kick” the extra backlighting provides to the outline of the insect.

  4. #4 Ted C. MacRae
    May 27, 2010

    I’m considering some kind of an extender to get one of the flash heads more out over the insect to better illuminate its distant side – one thing that annoys me about the way my photos are turning out. I imagine their might be more ‘spooking’ issues with something like that, though.

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