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This 12 mm Rough woodlouse (Crustacea; Porcellionidae; Porcellio scaber; Rauhe Kellerassel; Cloporte rugueux) is an inhabitant of my backyard. (I changed the name, I had named it Oniscus by mistake first).
Since it is a Crustacean it must breathe with gills on the underside (you see them at the mirror image of the tail end). The membranes of the gills have to be kept humid. It's no surprise then that pillbugs keep to dark and humid corners.
The shot was taken with a hand-held but ellbow-supported macro and a twin macro flash: the light is from below and (weaker) from up front. A reflective glass plate and a black background were used to force the animal to reveal its legs. The picture in PS had to be cropped, sharpened, turned right, double reflections removed with stamp, contrast enhanced. I will try harder next time!
Marx44, TAZ, SelenE, Argus, anel has marked this note useful
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- [2007-04-02 16:27]
A great capture of thiswoodlouse,excellent macrowork with great use of flash,maybe a tiny bit too much (small OE on legs),but that is a minor nit,well done and TFS
- [2007-04-02 16:31]
Very curious insect.
- [2007-04-03 1:33]
Unusual shot on TN of underworld. Great to discover this strange insect
The "+++" : subject, POV, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, interesting reflection, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.
- [2007-04-03 2:07]
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It's an interesting capture, one of the animals we don't see a lot on TN. I liked your composition and the technique, as mentioned before there are slightly OE parts in the legs and the antenna, sure you will do it better next time. Subject is well chosen. TFS
- [2007-04-03 4:42]
Though I'm not that keen on man-made substrates, it was a good idea to use glass to make this woodlouse display its legs, making this shot educationally very useful.
I think the technical aspects are also good. So once again this is a good contribution to TN!
TFS and have a good week,
- [2007-04-03 7:52]
Interessante Darstellung dieser Assel mit der Spiegelung ihres Unterkörpers. Raffiniert gemacht. Es handelt sich hier also nicht um ein Insekt, wenn ich das recht verstehe.
Du bringst uns also viele Bilder der unteren Etagen in der Natur. Da braucht es wirklich Spezialisten dazu. Herzlichen Dank und liebe Grüsse