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Aquatic Larvae Photo Setup

Aquatic Larvae Photo Setup
Delaware, USA
Here's another shot of some gear I use. You can see how dark the gravel is. (Under 5500-degree-K strobe light with high contrast, the subtle details of color in the dark stones are brought out.) The disposable razor (with plastic sleeve covering the blade) is useful for removing bubbles from the sides of the glass box before you shoot. In this photo, the little probe-like thing with the red handle is a so-called "micro-spoon" (it's a lab tool used for spooning up very small quantities of powder). I have found this tool very useful for moving the bug away from the corners of the boxe during the shoot. All this stuff is pretty cheap (except for the 4" x 5" microscope slides -- a box of sixteen 4" x 5" microscope slides costs $74). The big boxes are great for shooting water scorpions and other large bugs (the extra room enables you to take shots of big bugs without the corners of the box getting in the picture).

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