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What is ISO?

You’ve seen the ISO button on your camera. What does it do, and why does it matter? ISO- an abbreviation for International Organization for Standardization- refers to a standard measure of the sensitivity of film or digital sensors to incoming light. The higher the ISO rating, the more sensitive the sensor and the less light…

The Boneyard Bombshells (red) take on The ‘Paign (blue) in Champaign-Urbana’s first ever roller derby bout How many rocket scientists does it take to set up a roller derby bout? Apparently, the answer is two. That’s how many were on hand Friday night to help lay the track for Champaign-Urbana roller derby‘s sold-out exhibition bout.…

A trap-jaw ant…

…because badass mandibles are in style this season: Odontomachus turneri, Australia photo details: Canon EOS 50D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec

The iPhone Macro Meme Spreads

Dandelion through the eyes of a macro-adapted iPhone 3G Nothing warms the heart of a blogger more than birthing a meme. A couple weeks ago I posted a short article on how a hand lens can enable a cell phone to do macrophotography. Other bloggers have taken to the idea and have been posting their…

Strobe Ants

New this week at alexanderwild.com we have photographs of the Savanna Strobe Ant Opisthopsis haddoni. These delightfully perky insects inhabit open environments in northern Australia and are one of my favorite ants. Opisthopsis has excellent vision. The location of the compound eyes atop the head allows it to spot a photographer approaching from any direction…

Take a photograph, of course: Tapinoma sessile, the odorous house ant photo details: Canon EOS 50D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec

Podabrus sp. Soldier Beetle Urbana, Illinois Last week we featured a larval soldier beetle. Today we have an adult of the same family (Cantharidae), in the genus Podabrus. photo details: Canon EOS 50D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec

I apologize for the slow blogging this weekend. We took a little road trip up to beautiful Madison, Wisconsin and were too busy with bratwurst, cheese, beer, and roller derby to bother with the internet. Atta cephalotes in the fungus garden The University of Wisconsin is home to Cameron Currie, whose lab is at the…

This velvety worm-like creature may not look like a beetle, but it is. Beetles are like butterflies, passing through a complex metamorphosis on the way to adulthood, and this insect is the larval stage of a soldier beetle. photo details: Canon EOS 50D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec

A Bed Bug…

…just for you. Cimex lectularius, the common Bed Bug More photos from this series are posted here. photo details: Canon EOS 50D camera Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec