The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.

The Photographs

All photographs are my own, unless otherwise noted.  All text and images appearing on are  © C. M. Ernst 2009-2013 and may not be used without prior permission.

Students are welcome to borrow the images for use in school presentations and the like (kids, it’s good practice to provide the photographer’s name and/or website in your work).   Likewise, fellow bloggers (non-commercial) may use the images in their posts, for educational or demonstration purposes, with proper credit and a link back to this blog.  Please email me to ask first, though 🙂 (tgiq.ce at gmail dot com).

Any other uses (online news media, print media of any kind, commercial or not-for-profit uses, etc.)  require prior consent and likely the purchase of an image license. Please contact me at tgiq.ce at gmail dot com to obtain permission and/or an image license.

I use a point-and-shoot camera (a Canon PowerShot SX10IS) and a clip-on Raynox DCR-250 macro converter lens. I also often use a Canon Speedlight 430EX flash, generally on-camera with a homemade snoot diffuser.

5 responses to “The Photographs

  1. Dan Bodor March 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Great photos! With your camera and lens setup, what is your nearest working distance (distance from lens to subject)? Do you have trouble with motion blur or too narrow of a depth of field when using natural light?

    • TGIQ March 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Thanks, Dan! I typically work in the range of about 2-3″, I think (I’ve never actually checked to see!) Natural light is very tricky to work in for me, mostly because I’m limited by my ISO – anything greater than 200 and I get absolutely awful noise. I try to always shoot at 100 or 80 if possible, and of course, the light is rarely optimal for that. So yes, motion blur/narrow field are big big challenges for me. It usually means I have a lot more “tosses” than keepers unless the lighting is absolutely perfect. I figure, though, that when I finally get a DSLR, I’ll have spent so long working with suboptimal conditions that it’ll be a treat having a greater range to work with! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

      • Dan Bodor June 13, 2012 at 8:13 AM

        I use a DSLR and it works pretty well at home, but with a macro lens, teleconvertor, extension tubes, external flash, bracket, cord, and diffusor, it’s quite a large and heavy setup. I’m trying to figure out a lighter and more portable arrangement that I can rely on if I find some neat subjects during vacation trips. I’d rather not lug ten pounds of macro equipment around in my luggage, nor while walking around enjoying some new sights. So I think a superzoom camera with a Raynox may be a nice portable kit. Not sure how much of the bulky flash setup I need to bring with it though.

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