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Best of… macro photography

Macro photography… taken with either a 100mm or 180mm lens.

For those of you who are wondering how the heck I got so close to such strange animals.. most of them are captive, owned by an animal wrangler who came by to visit and let the class photograph his animals. Some animals have actually received awards for being in films! How crazy is that?

Anyway… here you go. Enjoy!

A young jumping spider hiding in the stamen of a California poppy flower. I found the spider completely on accident… I was really trying to photograph some bees pollinating but they were being stubborn and didn’t like my presence, I suppose. It didn’t help that any bee that came around frightened me, since I was trying to photograph them with a 15mm lens (fisheye!) and that required me to get waaaaay too close for comfort. Hence, spider (which also made me nervous, but it was small enough..).

A Giant Asian Mantis gripping onto a Bird of Paradise flower. This mantis was quite large, as the name suggests! Isn’t it cute though?

The eye of a Leopard Gecko. This guy became my buddy a few moments after this shot; the day we were shooting was overcast and he was moving around, when I happened to block him with my hand (as to keep him from escaping) and he crawled onto my hand… and kept going up, and ended up around my neck, which I suppose was the warmest area on my body. Definitely felt cool, and I’m pretty sure someone in my class has a photo of me with this guy on my shoulder.

This is definitely NOT a sight you want to see. This was one laaaaarge yellow anaconda and it liked to reach out and “smell” our cameras and lenses, which made mostly all of us a just a little bit nervous. I had this guy around my neck for a little bit and quickly got it off when it started constricting (though perhaps just for the warmth? but I wasn’t about to stick around and find out).

The eye of an Argentine Horned Frog. Yes, I have pictures of its full body but this shot I thought was much cooler. Look at its eye! And that vein? Anyway, once he started burrowing under the lawn, he (why am I calling all of these animals male?) stayed put, though we got him out a few times and rewet him and he seemed content enough to sit there for a few minutes.

Scales of the yellow anaconda… one of the requirements of the assignment was to get an “edge to edge”, which basically means to photograph something and make sure every pixel of it was sharp. I didn’t totally nail it, but either way… snakeskin is pretty awesome looking in my opinion.

Something that is pretty scary looking, no? A Blood Python, curled up and just staring at me with its strange eyes. The animal wrangler actually transports all of his creatures in semi-opaque plastic containers, and I was a little anxious and decided to photograph it while it was still in its box.. luckily I got a few shots in where the white towel wasn’t in the way. I have others after the wrangler came by (asked me if I was communicating telepathically with the snake) and put it on a nearby rock, but, again, I thought this was a much more interesting shot. The snake itself is very interesting looking; its head is definitely a different shape than most but what gets me the most are the eyes.

I may have posted this shot already… but I still love it. A Red-eared Slider found in Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden (yes, her name was actually Alice Keck Park, and it is a memorial garden).

Camera and lens information is located in the tags listed below the post; any other questions, feel free to leave a comment or otherwise send me an e-mail! Thanks for looking.

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