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Robber on Armeria III

Asilidae

Size: 18 mm

 

A the sun was coming above the tree line the robberfly from the last two posts was coming to life and slowly began its morning grooming project – brushing off dew drops from its eyes and wings with its bristly legs (note the large droplet that has accumulated on the leg closest to the camera).

 

Of course this made shooting long sequences without subject movement more difficult. Here I've stopped down a little more (f/6.3) and increased the step-size in order to improve my chances. Unfortunately the diffuser nudged the Armeria-flower it was perched on during this particular sequence which made the framing gradually shift which in turn meant I had to crop away roughly 30% of the final stacked image. I rather liked this tighter framing anyway so it didn't matter too much in the end but it's worth keeping in mind when using diffusers like this one. It's enough of a challenge to get a sequence without the subject moving around so you don't have to make it any more difficult...

 

Stacked from 44 natural light exposures in Zerene Stacker.

 

Optics: Canon MP-E 65

 

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Taken on August 21, 2011