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The Mayfly - and the briefest of encounters...

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The eggs of mayflies are laid underwater, and the nymphs which hatch from the eggs can live for two years in the water.

Then come the summer, the adults hatch out - sometimes simultaneously and they can appear in their hundreds. Sadly, they have very short lifespan (just hours in some cases), during which they display and breed.

Many of them don't feed as adults as their sole purpose is to reproduce, dying once they have mated.


Wild Kestrel

What do Kelpies eat?

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3 years ago when we were in Glasgow for C2C (heady days being out of the house) we had a trip out to the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies.
Stunning features, both, but the light was not good to us.
However I thought that this composition would be good in better weather and if we ever get back there, even though 220 miles away.

Kelpies-3110476 by Superpippo0547, on Flickr

Wild Bat in flight

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A Myotis Bat (Myotis occultus) on a moonless night, Arizona desert. A complicated set up using IR trigger and a night vision camera. Long wait on a cold night but the starry sky was unbelievable - second only to that seen in the rainforest. Only managed to get three shots in the entire evening.

Self portrait - organised chaos :)

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Had a few hours spare yesterday and have realised that lockdown has got me doing some crazy self portraits :LOL:

Seriously cannot wait to get to get some actual models into the studio! This one represents how my mind goes when I get a new idea for an image :)

Shot at 32mm, f/8 and lit by 2 strip lights for edge light, one main light with large octabox camera right and just above eye level and one larger light behind for fill. 1/125, f/11 and ISO100 Processed in Capture 1 and Photoshop.

All of the tools were shot using the same light and then composited into the scene - I crazily almost tied them to the ceiling with string and tried to get it in one take, but thought better of it :)
Thanks for looking, hope everyone is safe and well.

Critique Easy Peelers

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Off of the feedback I received last time posting @The Big Yin

Last night I tried again, as was mentioned, there was no way easy way to peel these little critters.

Anyways this is what I managed.

I have one with bits of pith on the base which I thought looked ok but my better half reckons this cleaner version is better.

Any feedback would be most welcomed.


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