Last week I did something I had not done in 17 years… A family holiday.
There was little room for intense nature photography, since I was under instructions to stay around.
For those that don’t know, family is important (click here), hence most of my images look like this:
However, from dusk till dawn there was time to sneak around the house (in the Costa Del Sol area, Southern Spain), in search of creepy crawlers.
Gecko / Muurgekko / Tarentola mauritanica
For a long time I’ve had the idea to try macro photography with a strong “night effect”. It is the first time I tried this, so feel free to comment below.
I started with Roly-poly species
During daytime I got some subjects from fishing in the pool…
Yet I think the better images were taken at night.
At day this is the best I could do with a nest of ants, but at night I got different opportunities using a dead cricket…
You can see that the left three ants, are in defense position, ready to spray formic acid.
Thanks to a huge grasshopper (Egyptian locust / Egyptische sprinkhaan / Anacridium aegyptium) I experimented with getting a silhouette on a wall.
I also managed to catch a male Rhinoceros beetle (neushoornkever/Oryctes nasicornis)
I look forward to your opinion on these dark pics…
I just LOVE the mystical invertebrate night-scenes! Yes, the devouring, struggling images of predators/preys and detrivores give an extra twist to the darkened atmosphere.
The close-up of the 2 roly-poly’s rolling/dancing, and the last Rhenoceros beetle are my favorite.
If those shots would be captured as a movie, they would give way to inspirational video’s for music.
Made me think of this one: “Minilogue – Seconds (Max Cooper Remix)” (check youtube, subtitled evolution vs. religion).
Keep it up Karl!