Armoured And Amazing

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.

Common Rough Woodlouse Porcellio scaber

Common Rough Woodlouse Porcellio scaber

Common Rough Woodlouse Porcellio scaber

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For further interest visit the ‘Woodlice’ page.

39 thoughts on “Armoured And Amazing

    • Thank you, Brian. I have tried some of the market diffusers and they just don’t always work as I would like them, so sometimes you have no option but to experiment and have a go yourself. 🙂

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  1. Wow, Pete, another clear window into another usually-overlooked world. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a detail of the face of one of these, and it’s just fascinating. Very nice work–and thanks, too, on the extra info regarding your lighting technique.

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  2. Wow, Pete, that armor is impressive. Thanks for sharing info on your diffusion techniques. Shooting that close with flash always risks creating hot spots, but you have avoided them really well.

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    • Many thanks, Mike. Yes, flash can be a big problem and you can loose some nice detail with it. I still have a challenge with the millipedes because some of their exoskeletons are almost like glass.


      • My friend Walter, with who I go shooting from time to time, always uses a flash for dragonflies, whereas I rarely do so. He sets the flash manually and has done it often enough that he has a feel for how much power is required. I most often try to work with whatever light is available.

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