Some cool surface grinding images:
Black Beetle Test Stacks (1)
Image by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel
This might be a Ground Beetle even though there is not adequate in the shot to make an accurate ID.
This photo is a single of a series of tests I ran specifically attempting to tackle shooting a highly reflective black surfaced beetle and generating a vaguely intriguing image of it. Black is hard: black and shiny is even tougher. The lessons I personally learned from it that my relaxing and pinning capabilities are woefully inadequate compared to my photography capabilities so there is a lot of practicing to do in each those areas.
Ground Beetle reside in every single garden in the UK and are regarded as gardener’s close friends since they eat slugs. Some, commonly identified as bombardier beetles, even emit secretions, mixes of volatile compounds ejected by a tiny combustion, creating a loud popping sound and a cloud of hot and acrid gas which can injure tiny mammals like shrews, and is liable to kill invertebrate predators outright. Humans don’t like it significantly either – as Charles Darwin when wrote:
"A Cychrus rostratus as soon as squirted into my eye & gave me extreme discomfort & I have to tell you what happened to me on the banks of the Cam in my early entomological days under a piece of bark I found two carabi (I overlook which) & caught a single in each and every hand, when lo & behold I saw a sacred Panagaus crux significant I could not bear to give up either of my Carabi, & to drop Panagaus was out of the query, so that in despair I gently seized one particular of the carabi amongst my teeth, when to my unspeakable disgust & pain the little inconsiderate beast squirted his acid down my throat & I lost each Carabi & Panagaus!"
APPEAL: I AM Totally BLOODY DYING FOR SOME Fascinating BEETLES.
It is WINTER IN THE UK. ALL I CAN Uncover ARE DEAD BLOODY FLIES. AS FASCINATING AS FLIES ARE, IT Wouldn’t UPSET ME As well Significantly TO BE Capable TO SHOOT SOME OTHER STUFF. Folks FROM ALL Over THE Planet Study THIS, IF YOU Occur TO BE FEELING ALTRUISTIC AND WANT TO Help A FELLA OUT THEN DO Feel Cost-free TO SEND ME SOME BUGS FROM YOUR Part OF THE Globe – 5-ten 5MM-1CM BUGS IN SOME PAPER IN AN ENVELOPE WOULD BE HUGELY APPRECIATED. MAIL ME FOR MY POSTAL ADDRESS… Many THANKS!!
Technical particulars: Taken with a noname Strategy 4x objective, shot on smallest feasible pixel count on my cam to preserve processing time sane. one hundred stacked pictures with zerene stacker, two flashes, pingpong ball diffuser surrounding beetle.