Tuesday, April 30, 2013

93/365: Yellow jacket

I photographed several insects for my Karl Blossfeldt-inspired final project in advanced traditional photography. Partly this was because Blossfeldt--with the exception of a dragonfly while a student at art academy in Berlin--rarely, if ever, photographed insects. Historically, when old-school film photographers would take macro shots insects, they would kill them first using formaldehyde or alcohol or whatnot, simply to keep them still and manageable as they focused and composed. I don't do that. With digital, it's much easier to take a bunch of environmental photos of insects in short order as they crawl around, enough to ensure getting several keepers. This wasn't always possible and practical in the film era. The photographer gets his or her photo, and the bug goes on its merry way. Except for the sumbitch in the image below. I killed him good in the deep freeze, whilst the rest of his tribe died a quick death via neurotoxin spray. I love bees, despise wasps. So now you know the rest of the story.

365 photo project, macro paper wasp yellow jacket, Lisa On location photography. New Braunfels, Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio. Karl Blossfeldt

Camera: Canon Elan 7ne
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
Lens: Canon 100mm 2.8 macro
Lisa On Location Photography

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