I have to say, I’m really digging this picture of a bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata). The cool thing is that I barely remember taking it last summer. As I noted in my previous post, up until last week I hadn’t picked-up my camera for months. But I did a lot of shooting last summer and have quite a number of images stored on my computer. So I went into my files to find something to post. I was going through a series of photos of flesh flies that I just barely remember taking when I came upon this portrait. What a nice surprise! And how the heck did I forget about this image?
I love the details in the face! The textured white face and black markings make it look like it’s wearing a mask made from an animal skull. I’m also fascinated by the way the wasp is resting with its front legs off the ground. I’ve noticed before that these critters do this, but I have no idea why. Does it allow a quick getaway, or maybe keeps the front legs free to help capture prey? If anyone knows, please leave a comment.
The sad thing is that is has been so long, and I have been so distracted by other interests (see I’m Baaaack) that I don’t remember all the technical details about taking the photo. I know I shot it with the OM-D E-M5 using the 60mm macro lens. But I have no idea whether I was using the Olympus RF-11 ring flash or the Olympus FL-36 flash with diffuser. I’m pretty sure it was the ring flash, but I’m not sure. I guess that is another good thing about posting on my blog—it gives me a record of my photography to refer back to and augment my admittedly spotty memory.
Wait, what was I talking about?
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Zuiko 60mm micro four thirds macro
Settings: manual exposure (F11 @ 1/160 sec)
Lighting: Olympus flash (I don’t remember which one or the setting—oops!)