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The Pool [Mar. 15th, 2013|12:48 pm]
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I can't walk past the swimming pool without looking to see if something's in trouble. It's one of my OCD behaviors I guess. So I'd occasionally halt the shoot yesterday to fish something out that was struggling and move it to the concrete to hopefully dry out and fly away. A large number of them did, but this morning There were four in the pile that hadn't made it. I decided to take on a portrait project of the bugs that didn't make it. Seeing them up close makes them seem more significant to me.

I took this with the Panasonic GX1 and the 45mm Leica macro lens, and an off camera flash in a really small softbox.

I'm weird, I know.




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[User Picture]From: deltachild
2013-03-15 07:02 pm (UTC)

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I do exactly the same thing, same with bugs trapped behind closed windows as well. Her wings look pretty bad, maybe the pool wasn't her biggest problem?
[User Picture]From: ardentdelirium
2013-03-15 07:03 pm (UTC)

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most bugs freak me out but I am a big fan of bees, and they seem rather fond of me as well. My mom says it runs in the family-her grandfather used to pet bumblebees. I rescue them from inside school buildings where shrieking women might kill them.
[User Picture]From: farbel
2013-03-15 08:32 pm (UTC)

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I got a couple passable shots of you this morning. Check at my journal.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-03-16 03:40 pm (UTC)

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why did i think you had a one letter lj name?
[User Picture]From: i
2013-03-16 05:36 pm (UTC)

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Because I do :) farbel was my first LJ, and is the one I use now almost exclusively for art and photography. i is the coolest username on the planet, and I use it mostly for personal and political stuff.
[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2013-03-15 09:40 pm (UTC)

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I do that with my dogs' water bucket and their swimming pool in the summer. I always feel bad for little ones struggling.
[User Picture]From: kambriel
2013-03-15 10:35 pm (UTC)

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Birds of a feather ~ I do that as well. As a matter of fact, that's how I got the Cicada (that I still have in a little glass jar in the sunroom) last Summer. I wrote a post (with macro photos) about how I heard his very last song just seconds before he died: http://kambriel.livejournal.com/332176.html ~ I really had hoped he'd make it after drying out his lungs, but at least he got to say goodbye to his friends in the nearby trees before he passed.

Continue having a magical time in the desert ~ my love to you all!

Edited at 2013-03-16 12:10 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: layers_of_eli
2013-03-16 12:39 am (UTC)

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I do that, too! I'm always excited to go swimming only to realize I won't be able to really swim until I've helped the bugs.
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2013-03-16 05:12 am (UTC)

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I always do that. I've been know to run into stores and restaurants to save moths who are battering against windows, too. I'm sorry this little one didn't make it.
[User Picture]From: ilexopaca
2013-03-19 02:08 pm (UTC)

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As entomologist I get to spend a lot of time with images of insects but I think there is a lot of humanity in this type of photography. Our images are for scientific purposes, usually identification. Sometimes we get pictures of beautiful insects on flowers but I love the humanity of this small life. That something like a drop of water is a deadly force within their world. It's all about scale but the impact can be the same.
[User Picture]From: isafantasy
2013-03-19 06:43 pm (UTC)

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When insects get inside my apartment, I try to save them and put them back outside. When I can't, I say sorry before killing them or after when it's an accident. There was this one time when I stepped on a spider and this other time when I killed one with my laptop when I put it on the ground :-(