Cicindela pulchra on white

Two more photographs taken with my new diffuser, this time the spectacular Cicindela pulchra (beautiful tiger beetle). Which one do you like better?

Photo Details: Canon 50D w/ 100mm macro lens (ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/16), Canon MT-24EX flash w/ oversized concave diffuser. Standard post-processing (levels, unsharp mask).

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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16 Responses to Cicindela pulchra on white

  1. I think they could hypnotize their prey with those eyes.

  2. Dave Rentz says:

    Hi Ted

    Thank heavens for your blog. I’m learning how to use my camera much more efficiently because of you.
    Thanks so much. I’m going to try the diffuser trick.
    Dave Rentz

  3. TGIQ says:

    That is a ridiculous amount of shiny prettiness. I would love a copy of this for my office.

    You are, however, inducing a wicked case of camera-envy…curse you!

  4. tim eisele says:

    I think I like the first one better in general because the exposure for the head is just about perfect. The second one is a better picture of the wing covers and general abdomen area, though.

  5. Ben Hess says:

    I like the first one best, since that one shows the head better.

  6. I’m just catching up – oh my gawd, that’s a gorgeous beetle. I’m all about the color – and blue is my favorite. Dazzling. If I had to choose, I’d pick the first photo as my favorite – all about sharp focus on the eye, and the overall exposure is better, IMO. We get to see more of that brilliant, bright, metallic blue on the second photo though. Awesome, Ted!

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