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Picture of the Week

September 29, 2010
Beetle

A wood boring beetle opens its wing case as it prepares to take flight. Copyright Mark B. Gibson

Another weekend shot. My wife found this beetle sitting on a rock. I carried the rock, beetle and all, to a nearby surface and set up a tripod and flash. The flash is handheld, a few inches from the beetle, and is connected to the camera with a cord that preserves all the automatic functions of the flash.

I wanted a white background, so first I set a notepad behind the beetle. The pad blew over and smacked the beetle, who didn’t seem to care, so I exchanged the pad for a white bucket.

This gave me a “sort of white” background, which I adjusted to pure white in Photoshop.

I watched and waited, and eventually the beetle decided that I wasn’t trying to kill it and it laid a batch of eggs, positioned itself for takeoff, and buzzed away.

The lens is a macro zoom at the 35mm setting. I have cropped about half the negative away. In the next frame, the beetle is half off the frame… when they decide its time to go, they really go.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 19:46

    Okay–so I’ll feature this one instead–WOW! This is the coolest bug–and a great photo.

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