Photo Synthesis

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Nature photographers William & Matthew Burrard-Lucas explain the magic behind some recent images of mosquitoes emerging from their pupae.

While they list the equipment and lighting they used for the session, the key factor seems to have been the determined patience with which they watched pupae develop over two weeks so that they’d be able to catch the event in the scant 5 minutes it took to complete. Although the gadget industry does its best to convince us that photography is all about owning the latest and best gear, it remains true that the best images come from the most skilled and most patient photographers.

Also, if you have time, check out the brothers’ spectacular night shot of a Brazilian caiman. Wow.