September 2, 2011 – Studio Bugs

It’s been blazing hot here, setting a record of 104 yesterday.  In my Ecology lab, we had to go out in the afternoon and catch grasshoppers.  There was no way out of it.  We survived, and I got 150 grasshoppers to work with.  Some of the species are rather interesting to look at, and I set up my home insect studio to photograph them favorably.  One can produce excellent results with this technique, but it may look artificial.  Nature seldom has such even lighting.  I also had a cicada and the rainbow scarab as volunteers.  It was a good day to spend mostly indoors.
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