The challenge this week was to represent, “Collage“, I searched down low for my images.
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Creepy, crawly, slimy and scary
It’s winter here in South Australia and cold so there aren’t many insects about, few insects means few of their predators. There are some lizards I know I can find because I’ve discovered their refuges. When the sun warms the ground there are hundreds of little Skinks around here but I don’t know where they go when it’s cold.
As I snapped away at a wasp which was at the bottom of the nest I was unaware of this one near the top, I’m glad my focus moved to it before it went into attack mode.
Using my macro lens meant I had only a narrow band clearly in focus.
I had a very cooperative subject for this week’s challenge, a Wanderer Butterfly pupa with lovely glistening gold trim.
I have discovered that even if I have my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 set to iA (intelligent auto) I can still find out the settings used. The shot was taken at f/3.3, 1/320, ISO 80, focal length 4mm. I might be misunderstanding the focal length but it seems to me that must be the depth of field.
I have lightened the photo a bit and also applied some unsharp mask using an old version of Photoshop Elements.
My submission for the Macro Moments Challenge this week is a photo of a Slater or Woodlouse shedding its old skin.
Maybe not quite what was intended for this week’s theme but I think the moth’s colouring is definitely a good match for the tree bark.
This Macro isn’t quite so close up, I don’t have the nerve for it!
It’s a Mud Wasp or Potter Wasp building its nest.