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Salvador Vitanza, Contributor
Full name:
Salvador Vitanza
E-mail address:
svitanza4 at yahoo.com
Contact:
svitanza4 at yahoo.com
City, state, country:
Rio Rico, Arizona, USA
Biography:

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/salvador-vitanza/82/129/306

For most of my career in entomology, I was only interested in economically important arthropod species in agriculture and disregarded the rest. In July 2015, something "clicked" and suddenly I wanted to learn about every local invertebrate and document them through macro photography. For the first six months, I used a point-and-shoot camera (Coolpix L820). Later, I started experimenting with a Canon 7D body, a challenging Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5X lens, and a Yongnuo ring flash. My Venus Optics KX‑800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash VEKX800 has proven hard for me and produces a low rate of acceptable images. However, I suspect the problem is not the flash, but my technique. For bugs over 2 cm long, I use a Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1:2.8. My Canon EOS 70D is a great backup camera. At the moment, I am starting to play with homemade flash diffusers, other camera lenses, and flash systems. My insect photography is at the beginner level, but I am hoping to continue learning and some day master this enjoyable craft. I am not a taxonomist, but I am passionate about learning to recognize as many insect species as I can as well as to educate myself and others about their lifestyles, relationships, and diversity. I am grateful to BugGuide Editors and Contributors who constantly help me identify and better understand bugs. I post all of my bug photos on BugGuide and the ones of invertebrates in Far West Texas, southern New Mexico, and southeastern Arizona can be found at:
Southwest Bugs Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Photos from El Paso, Texas:
El Paso Bugs Facebook

In a nutshell: I have experience in extension, research, teaching, administration, and agrochemical industry. My applied entomology background includes IPM in cotton, pecan, small grains, field crops, and vegetables.

NOTE: If I were to die, I would like my photos to remain here on BugGuide.