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16-May-2013

Insect-O-Rama

Photographer uses laser beams and a macro lens to capture incredibly detailed close-up shots of insects in flight


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These are the stunning close-up images that give a real insight into a bug's life.

The series of colourful shots features dozens of insects in flight from wasps to ladybirds and honey bees. Photographer Linden Gledhill captured the images using a home-made insect rig in his garden in Pennsylvania.

Gledhill is originally from Leek, Staffordshire and now lives in the US. He has been interested in photography since he got his first camera at the age of 12. Gledhill said: "The images are created using a hand held integrated high-speed insect rig, I created myself."

"I've always been interested in natural history macro photography. Moving to build equipment to capture insects in flight was a natural progression."

"The rig uses a standard DSLR fitted with an external shutter, which I made from an old computer hard drive. It rig uses two laser beams which cross at the focal point of the macro lens. When these beams are broken at the same time, by the insect in flight, the controller detects this interruption and opens the external shutter and then fires the flash guns."

"Some of my favorite insects include lacewings, because of their beautiful delicate wings, and moths and butterflies as they can be so graceful in flight."

"I also like to see wasps in flight as they can be captured carrying mud out of their underground nests and returning with food. Their eyes also make them look like they are wearing flight goggles."

"Actually to come to think about it, its very hard to pick favorites as all insects appear to take on new characters when they are flying. I think it's the way they hold their legs and often look comical."

"I'm always amazed by the images I capture because every one is so unique. There is such a variety of insects in every garden, you never know what you may capture next."

"My more unique images include earwigs in flight, which have stunningly beautiful wings. Most people are not aware that earwigs can even fly."




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