Day 259 – Insects and Reptiles Part Two

Yesterday I posted the first part of my photo experience evening with Captive Light and I said something was missing – I was really pleased with the photos I captured within the two hour session, I got more good photos than I would have imagined and I was interested in how the lights etc were set up… but I did say something was missing and I did not now want to include that in yesterday’s post.

First thing that was missing was the set up – what did it look like… so here is one of the areas that we had to photograph in, you can see how busy the background was, and how much a challenge it was to create the images that I shared yesterday.

Studio Set Up for the Photo Experience.

Studio Set Up for the Photo Experience.

BUT – the thing that I felt was missing from the images yesterday though was a sense of scale – how big is a Tarantula, how small was the baby Gecko … you have no way of knowing with the images from yesterday – so today’s share are images from the same photo shoot but with a sense of scale, kindly provided by one of the staff at Liberty’s.

Hog-nosed Snake - 17-70mm lens, F13, 1/160sec 54mm focl length

Hog-nosed Snake – 17-70mm lens, F13, 1/160sec 54mm focal length

This Hog-nosed snake was very lively in the evening … he moved really quickly which made it hard to focus on his eyes and to capture the action as his tongue darted in and out. He was a relatively small snake which you can tell by the handlers hand in the image.

Milliped - 85mm focal length, F8, 1/160sec

Millipede – 85mm focal length, F8, 1/160sec

Milliped - 130mm focal length, F8, 1/160sec

Millipede – 130mm focal length, F8, 1/160sec

Above these are Millipedes, they were just sleeping in the moss, they weren’t really a very interesting subject but when you see one rested on the handlers hand you can see they were pretty big. You really need that sense of scale to realise that.

Rose Trantula, 28-300mm focal length, F10, 1/160sec

Rose Tarantula, 28-300mm focal length, F10, 1/160sec

A rose tarantula on the sand, you can tell by the sand pixels that it is a good size and that it is possibly scurrying towards me … but until the handler goes to move it backwards – very carefully … you do not realise what a big spider it is!

300mm focal length - F10, 1/160sec

300mm focal length – F10, 1/160sec

Finally that baby gecko – was he large or small…  I captured a more interesting one of him balanced on a stick yesterday when the image suddenly became alive as he poked out his tiny tongue – a delightful capture, but also one where I had to crop in close and concentrate to ensure that his eyes were in focus.

Baby Gecko - 17-70mm lens, 70mm focal length, F13, 1/160sec

Baby Gecko – 17-70mm lens, 70mm focal length, F13, 1/160sec

Below you can see him being very carefully handled and places on the stick – he was tiny, and that sense of scale is totally missing from yesterdays photos., there is no reference point.

Baby Gecko - 17-70mm lens, 70mm focal length, F13, 1/160sec

Baby Gecko – 17-70mm lens, 70mm focal length, F13, 1/160sec

I really had a great time photographing with Captive Light again, it is very informal – more of opportunity to try your skills with  some fantastic subjects, everything you need except your camera in included and you come away with some great images – well I did … so I think I might request some of the workshops on my wish list.

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