Assassin Bug Nymph – (Pristhesancus plagipennis) – “In Their World” Series
© 2006 – Michael Brown
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Really love these little guys in their nymph stage.
It was very cloudy and dark yesterday morning at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, a bit windy, … a general pain for shooting actually!
I found a area where some of the small assassin bug nymphs were hanging out, they were not very active at the time, so I set up as best as I could in some cramped quarters.
I took some shots with and without flash, and was more pleased with the look of the natural lighting, but I had to bump the ISO up quite a bit to suit the conditions that I had.
Still, as much as I hate to use flash on insects, I needed a “ever so slight” bump in light to help fill in some areas, so I ran the cord from the camera to the off camera 420EX flash, and shot through a diffuser held about 3 feet behind the camera and above it.
It helped to give just the right touch of light. Without it, this would have looked somewhat flat in appearance.
As I have mentioned in the past, I like the less documentary type images when it comes to any type of insect.
I like that “in their world” feel.
I do sometimes wonder as I view and photograph them, if they are looking around their world not only for a meal, not only for a mate, not only looking for any kind of danger, but if they sometimes are looking at the beautiful world that they live in, … taking it all in?
Canon 100mm macro & 2x teleconverter
Tripod, macro slider, reflector, Canon 420EX flash
1/60 sec. @ f8
Thanks for looking gang!
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