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When a Mosquito lands on you do you........

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by kramp, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. A) Kill it immediately.
    B) Take the picture and let it suck your blood.
    C) Work quickly focus and shoot then kill it.

    I try to go with C, although by looking at the picture even though I didn't give it time to penetrate it looks like it must of got me once already.

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  2. Amazing shot of that blood sucking little beastie. Well done.
  3. Greg


    Apr 5, 2005
    Fayetteville, TN
    Nice shot. can you share some technical details? I wasn't able to track this one down at smugmug.

    On the pole questions of which option...If autofocus doesn't work then I vote kill first, then take the picture.
  4. Leigh


    Feb 19, 2005
    My answer is A! Unfortunately I have a rather severe reaction when bit by mosquitos....So I suppose I'll leave the mosquito-picture-taking to you. Which is a good thing since you OBVIOUSLY know what you are doing. Cool Shot!
  5. Thanks Gordon.


    It's in the fly gallery or have you ever tried the smugmug date command, www.martind.smugmug.com/date and then you can pick a date range. Select that last week and it should come up.

    I think at 1:1 manual focus would be faster than auto focus, this is a crop but the Mosquito was big enough that with the legs it almost filled the frame.

    1/500 f22, flash. pre white balance.

  6. Martin, you hot shot! You'll do anything for a good shot.

    aka beaucamera
  7. CCCCCCCCCC.............those things give me goose bumps. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  8. Baywing


    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    In the good old days before West Nile, I used to flex the muscle. It would tighten the skin and not allow the bugger to withdraw it's beak. It couldn't stop the blood flow, either, and would swell up until it burst.......messy but fun!
    Now, I just kill them.
    Ok, so I'm a sick puppy........
  9. Fabulous shot! I wonder, however, was that taken with the naked 200mm or did you use extension rings to achieve that magnification? The same question applies to the ant shot in one of your first postings.

  10. I'm with Leigh. I'm allergic to anything that bites me - some sort of result of an over-enthusiastic immune system I think.
    I would reach for my Tennis Racket and he'd be history !
  11. I cropped it down so the details can be seen in web viewing, it was a big Mosquito and with the legs it pretty well filled the frame.

    Same with the ant shot, sometimes I use the 2x tc or my 6T to get down to 2:1 but I do lose some quality since I don't have the greates of 2x teleconverters so I end up with about the same quality if I crop.

    The Bee Fly cleaning its probiscus now that one was 1:1 no cropping.

    Thanks for the comments Harry.

  12. Great macro, Martin!

    Now a word to the wise, do NOT hit mosquitoes, esp in this new age of West Nile. You are now supposed to briskly brush them off sideways. Hitting them will release whatever they've got into your bloodstream, brushing them sideways won't. We all want to stay healthy while out there this summer shooting. Pass this on, please!
  13. OK, that pegged my creep-out meter

    I did NOT need to see that hideous beast. There is no way I'd calmly zip in to shoot one of those little bloodsuckers. Incredibly done.
  14. Thanks for the comments Sandi and Ednaz.

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