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Bloody Sucker!!!

Bloody Sucker!!!
Copyright ©2004, Jens Birch
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Have a close look at this little sucker.

It took me an evening and at least 15 mosquito bites to get a decent shot. The DOF is about 0.7 mm so it took a lot of shots as well to get eye-contact. Data: 100 mm zoom, home-made acromatic 33 diopters close-up lens, home-made TTL-macro flash.

As usual, I'll be happy for any comments or critiques - just shoot!

Regards, Jens

Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Macro
Uploaded: 17-Oct-2004 22:09 CEST
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Camera: Olympus C5050
Exposure time: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f/8
Focal length: 101 mm
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ISO: 64
White balance: Auto
Flash: internal
Image format: HQ
Processing applied: Cropped and resized from 1432x1088 pixels, basic contrast and color adjustments, and cloned out a disturbing hair behind the left antenna in Paint Shop Pro. Unsharp mask (1 pixel, 100%, 5%) was applied before posting to MyOlympus.
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Bloody Sucker

Incredible shot, as all of your previously posted macros are. You should be working for National Graphic Magazine!

Loren Lewis at 22:22 CEST on 17-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Incredible shot, Jens. Were you the victim or somebody else ?

I guess it would make sense if the aperture went up to F16 on the 5050. Diffraction would probably blur the image a bit, but the added DOF would help a lot.

Alfred Molon at 23:18 CEST on 17-Oct-2004 [Reply]

My finger.

Thanks for the comments Alfred and Loren! It's my left middle finger. BTW, have you noticed the red blood colour, not only of its belly, but also its drinking 'straw'? Cheers, Jens.

Jens Birch at 08:16 CEST on 18-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Great shot, bravo!!

Peter Pollack at 09:57 CEST on 18-Oct-2004 [Reply]


Anything for the sake of Art! Thanks for a glimpse of the microscopic world.

Dale Gangloff at 01:39 CEST on 20-Oct-2004 [Reply]