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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:51 pm    Post subject: Mosquito larva breathing tube Reply with quote



Normally I hang around the microscope group. But this was done with "photomacrography" gear rather than a microscope so here it is.

This is the breathing tube (like a snorkel) of a mosquito larva at the surface of the water. I made up an extremely small "tank" to hold the larva, and illuminated it from the rear with electronic flash. The lens was a Minolta Bellows Micro 12.5mm f2. The picture was taken with the aperture set to f4 using a Canon 10D.
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MikeBinOKlahoma



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles, this is a very very cool shot. Focusing must have been a nightmare, but the fine structure of the snorkel is very interesting.

Thanks for putting this one up.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Charles, you got the breathing tube Very Happy . Beautiful indeed and nice to see you posting in here.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice capture there charles. Can you try to shoot the mandibles of the larva of a dragonfly? Those are terrifying to see.
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