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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Centered and Ugly (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro MF
Location: Home
Date: Oct 5, 2020
Date Uploaded: Oct 5, 2020

This is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Most probably came from China (sound familiar?). They were first found in Allentown, PA in 1998 and have spread to many parts of the United States Europe and South America. They feed on plants and agricultural crops. The name comes from their smell. Its bodily fluids can be irritating to the skin. They are growing increasingly resistant to insecticides.

This picture was made from 17 stacked images.

Thanks everyone for the great comments and the Blue Ribbon.
Stinkbugs are everywhere this time of year around here. They are a real nuisance. I'm glad I could put one to good use!!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 34
Avg (all users): 7.2308
Avg (participants): 7.1579
Avg (non-participants): 7.3000
Views since voting: 205
Views during voting: 80
Votes: 39
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0


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10/23/2020 01:57:45 PM
Excellent work Larry! Congrats on the blue!
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10/23/2020 10:37:24 AM
WOW! SEVENTEEN shots merged... You are so dedicated, Larry!

Well done!

Congratulations on your BLUE!

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10/23/2020 10:09:02 AM
This is really superb! When looking at the thumb of your shot I thought it was either a huge diamond or saphire ring (okay, I have a lot of imagination :)
Many congrats on your Blue with this amazing beauty.
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10/23/2020 08:05:36 AM
Originally posted by roz:

well you had me fooled .. !! .. you have been hiding under a bushel .. unless i have missed previous incredible macro images of yours ..
this is up there as a fantastic and wonderful stinkbug photo .. or rather 17 photos .. you are very dedicated .. 17 would be a lot of work unless you used some software/program to stack them .. there is always too much movement in my insect photos to use those programs .. which is a bummer ..

must say .. in the right hands that lens is the best for very close up macro work ..
i bought one a long time ago .. didnt work with my flash because the lens extends .. would have had to get a twin flash .. i also found it a bit difficult to use .. so i sold it .. i feel that its something that you need to take the time to learn and get accustomed to .. which you obviously have done in spades .. i'm sooooo impressed ..
anyway .. CONGRATULATIONS on the blue for this superb macro image .. would love to know your setting too .. :)


Thank you Roz for the wonderful comments. Coming from you that is quite flattering!
I have played around with the MP-E 65 but never really used it in a challenge. I knew there was going to be some outstanding bug pictures in this challenge so I had to try to take my effort to the next level. I used a Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flash which I like a lot. I used it for dental photographs. I also had purchased the Super Mag Slider a while ago which I had used with my 100mm macro in the "Still Life With Pure Sadness" Challenge (April, 2020). It is a relatively inexpensive slider, but takes some getting used to. My camera settings were ISO 250, F/9, 2 second exposures (I know that's weird but it worked!) and spot metering. The images were combined using photoshop Scripts-Load Files into Stack and Photomerge.
10/23/2020 07:47:32 AM
Originally posted by nam:

Amazing! One of my few 10's - there were some great shots in this challenge. 17 stacked . . . was he dead? (That's a serious question - I can't imagine getting even two stackable files from a live bug but maybe stinkbugs freeze when you stare them down?). Congratulations on the Blue.


No. He was not dead! I have found that they can be heavily "sedated" using bug insecticide by putting them in a small container and let them breath the fumes! It takes several minutes to work! It also helps to cool them down in the refrigerator to limit movement.

Thanks for the 10 :)
10/23/2020 02:21:01 AM
Originally posted by Neat:

Have fun submitting all your originals.

Congratulations!


just noticed Anita's comment .. hahahahaha .. that'll learn you .. !! .. ;)
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10/23/2020 02:20:27 AM
well you had me fooled .. !! .. you have been hiding under a bushel .. unless i have missed previous incredible macro images of yours ..
this is up there as a fantastic and wonderful stinkbug photo .. or rather 17 photos .. you are very dedicated .. 17 would be a lot of work unless you used some software/program to stack them .. there is always too much movement in my insect photos to use those programs .. which is a bummer ..

must say .. in the right hands that lens is the best for very close up macro work ..
i bought one a long time ago .. didnt work with my flash because the lens extends .. would have had to get a twin flash .. i also found it a bit difficult to use .. so i sold it .. i feel that its something that you need to take the time to learn and get accustomed to .. which you obviously have done in spades .. i'm sooooo impressed ..
anyway .. CONGRATULATIONS on the blue for this superb macro image .. would love to know your setting too .. :)
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10/23/2020 12:27:07 AM
Amazing! One of my few 10's - there were some great shots in this challenge. 17 stacked . . . was he dead? (That's a serious question - I can't imagine getting even two stackable files from a live bug but maybe stinkbugs freeze when you stare them down?). Congratulations on the Blue.

Message edited by author 2020-10-23 00:29:33.
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10/23/2020 12:13:56 AM
Have fun submitting all your originals.

Congratulations!
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10/23/2020 12:02:54 AM
Exxxxcellent and deserving image for top honors, Larry! Mad MAD skills! Congratulations!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2020 11:11:28 PM
LOVE the symmetry.
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10/22/2020 10:49:43 PM
Awesome!
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10/22/2020 10:18:56 AM
Crazy macro crop, soooo good!

This has to be the winner. Bumping up.
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10/21/2020 01:38:54 PM
My favorite in this challenge.
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10/16/2020 01:25:20 AM
this would have to be the best stinkbug photo i've ever seen ...
however the only stinkbug photos i've seen are ones i've taken myself .. ;) .. and mine dont even come close to the awesomeness of this one ..
i have a feeling i know who took this .. and i want to know what equipment you are using ... when it comes to macro photography .. especially of this calibre .. you really do have to be exceptionally talented but you also need dedicated macro equipment ..
i'm not voting yet .. i'll be back .. :)
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