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Porcellio scaber

Porcellio scaber
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-02 15:54
Viewed: 2580
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Backyard underworld:
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!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Argus: Glass platesmeyerd 1 04-03 11:42
To anel: Spiegelungmeyerd 1 04-03 11:33
To pvs: Name changes, sorrymeyerd 1 04-03 04:18
To Marx44: Uups, wrong namemeyerd 1 04-03 04:16
To TAZ: Uups, name changesmeyerd 1 04-03 04:14
To SelenE: Uups, sorry, name changesmeyerd 1 04-03 04:13
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-02 16:27]
  • [+]

Hi Dietrich,

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


Very curious insect.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-03 1:33]
  • [+]

Hello Dietrich,
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.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-03 2:07]
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Hi Dietrich,
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

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-03 4:42]
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Hello Dietrich,
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,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-03 7:52]
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Hallo Dieter,
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

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