Photo Synthesis

Another way to humanize an insect photo…

…is to add an actual human.

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Dynastes granti – Western Hercules Beetle, Arizona

It’s funny how our social primate brain works. We gain immediate emotional access to an image simply by inserting a member of our own species.

(Incidentally, that’s one reason why David Attenborough’s Life in the Undergrowth is so effective. With Attenborough able to share the screen with tiny arthropods, the result of a new generation of optics, that whole miniature world seems suddenly available.)


Technical details:

Lens: Canon 17-40 f4.0L wide angle zoom lens
Body: Canon EOS 20D dSLR
Settings: ISO 400, f/13, 1/250 sec.

Comments

  1. #2 Eugenie
    April 29, 2009

    I found your blog today while I was procrastinating- all I can say is WOW!

    Love the photography!

  2. #3 Art
    April 29, 2009

    Cool photo.

    On another thread you lamented that some bugs were hard to shot because they moved too fast. Have you tried using CO2? A raised rim, possibly floating, or the sides of a box, might allow you to lay down a blanket of CO2 that would slow the subject enough to get a good shot.

  3. #4 Kolby
    May 4, 2009

    So what’s the common name of the Homo sapiens shown in the photo? ;)

  4. #5 metin2 hilem
    May 14, 2010

    possibly floating, or the sides of a box, might allow you to lay down a blanket of CO2 that would slow the subject enough to get a good shot.

    thanks…blogs