Once again I was digging through my archives for some good macro images. I found Da Bug!
This is the coolest bug I’ve ever managed to photograph. In fact, it may be the neatest insect I’ve ever seen. Here he comes, crawling out of the heart of his “jungle” now.
This shot is my favorite. I’m glad I managed the sharp profile. Have you ever seen a bug with an articulated head like this? I haven’t.
Caught him from above right in the midst of a wiggle. His legs fascinate. I lucked out with this guy because he wasn’t spooked. Then again, my 75-150 mm lens gives me plenty of room so I wasn’t in his face.
This series is from a roll of color negative film. I’ve finally begun going through all my color negatives. My goal is to file all the negs in archive sleeves. Scanning color negatives can be a real chore. With color transparencies, you can see exactly what you have when you pop them on the light table.
Color negatives have reversed colors and an orange mask — no good reference colors. You must depend on decent scanning software. Up until a few days ago, I used the scanning software that came with my Minolta scanner. It’s OK with color slides and B&W, but scanning color negatives drove me nuts.
I solved my problems the other day when I purchased the pro edition of VueScan. The images in this post were scanned the week before last using the Minolta software. The color is OK but it took me awhile to “get it right” (assuming I did that is). When I was evaluating VueScan (yes, you can download and test the software to see how well it works for you on your system before you buy it) I scanned a color negative of my wife and one of my granddaughters at her christening. It came out perfect on the first try.
I can’t tell you how I struggled with the color balance of this image in the past and never could get it right. And B&W? Oh yes, VueScan is my new best friend for scanning B&W. I’ll tell you all about it as soon as I have more time to put the program through the paces.
Meanwhile, enjoy the images of “Da Bug,” and hop on over to Lisa’s Chaos for more Monday Macro fun.