He's watching you!

by callumj

I found this handsome fellow in my kitchen today and decided to capture him, in more ways than one.
Using my K10 with auto bellows and a reversed 50mm F2, he was illuminated with a Metz 48AF (1/32 full power). I realized he would not stay still long enough for me to compose the picture, stop down and, manually fire the flash, I remembered reading about the technique of slowing them down by popping them in the freezer for a few minutes. So, after getting a rough idea of the focus and sorting out the lighting, into the freezer he duly went. After coming out he was popped on to the head head of a daisy and sat, for long enough, for me to give the focus and composition a final check before I fired of a series off shots.
Uploaded13/06/2010 - 21:46
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed21/25
Focal LengthN/A

Posted 13/06/2010 - 22:05 Link
You've had a busy day callumj.
Worth the effort though.

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)
Posted 13/06/2010 - 22:23 Link
It wasn't too bad, you have to work fairly rapidly when you take them out the freezer, they're active in a couple of minutes once they get back to room temp again. In all it took about 20 minutes.
Posted 14/06/2010 - 10:02 Link
Excellent capture! Love the 'in yer face' pose.

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