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Phanaeus vindex pair - Phanaeus vindex - male - female

Phanaeus vindex pair - Phanaeus vindex - Male Female
Freeland, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
September 9, 2000
Size: 20 mm
Flying about compost pile and horse dung.

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Photo techniques
Frank, these photos are just exceptional! What equipment do you use?

Photo techniques
Nothing fancy. I really don't know much about photography. About 5 years ago I decided to "digitalize" my collection. I used an Olympus c2000 (2 megapixel) and a 4X macro lens from Raynox. I keep the aperture small and use lots of light by putting the bug in the middle of a circuline fluorescent light. I don't manipulate the actual specimen but I did use polaroid photomax pro (a photoshop copycat that came free with an old epson printer) to remove the labels and set a uniform background color. In general I think most photographers out there would consider this rather "low end" equipment but it works well enough for me for thing over half an inch. Beyond that, I think you need a better camera, lens, and probably also some fancy splicing software for good depth of field. Last year I got an Olympus c4000 and am slowly reshooting things using the same set up but in a 4 megapixel version. I'll post a picture of the same male Phanaeus with the c4000. Definitely looks better. By the way, all of this done with an old Macintosh!

Photo techniques
Wow! Thanks - Again, great photos!

Excellent pinning
Great job on pinning. It is artistic and symmetrical. Keep up the good work.

Moved to guide. Do you mind if I add male and female symbols to the photo to show which is which?

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