Common Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) – Under a loose strip of bark in the back garden I found quite a few of these hiding. Believe it or not in wet weather they can become oversaturated, that’s why some may appear indoors. Intially all woodlice may look the same, but there are quite a number of different species and they all play an important roll in the ecosystem.
Of note, and perhaps of interest to fellow photographers, I used triple diffusion in these images. One a preformed plastic diffuser fixed directly to the speedlight itself, over this I roughly placed an opaque sandwich bag left a little scrunched (yes, you read that right. I have even used socks, milk cartons, trimmed and shaped plastic folders, amongst other things by way of experment in the past), and finally a rigid fabric diffuser attached to the front of the macro lens by the Raynox lens convertor. All images were taken handheld, with the advantage of a fairly level and comfortable surface, and the abiliy to ‘brace’ both arms to help with focus at such close magnification and to reduce camera shake.
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