To quote Monty Python’s Flying Circus: “and now for something completely different…”
A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of a mosquito that had just emerged from its pupae and was standing on the water surface getting ready to fly off and find something to suck on (see Flyday July 12, 2013: a fresh new mosquito). I took these pictures on the same day and in the same place. Unlike the previous mosquito, however, this one had arrived at the end of its short life, not the start.
I don’t know whether this specimen was another new mosquito that drowned after emerging, or if it was a mature mosquito that had returned to the pond to lay eggs. In either case I was intrigued by this little corpse floating on the water surface, slowly growing a garden of algae.
I can usually explain very easily why I like (or don’t like) a photo, usually based on technical points. But I really can’t explain why I really like the picture at the top of the page, but I do. It certainly isn’t much like the photos I typically post. And that is probably part of the appeal. Somehow the shallow depth of field, muted colours and twisted perspective give the picture an interesting atmosphere…almost poignant.
A poignant photo of a dead mosquito! Like I said…something completely different…
For a description of how I adapted the El Nikkor lens to the Olympus telescopic enlarger lens and OM-D E-M5 body, see: Maple syrup in the garden of good and weevils.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: El Nikkor 50mm F2.8 enlarger lens + telescopic extension tube (top photo); Zuiko 35mm macro (bottom photo)
Settings: manual exposure (F8-11 @ 1/200 sec)
Lighting: Olympus FL-36 flash (Full power)