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A Difficult Session with a Pseudoscorpion

I was photographing, at 1:1, some slime mould fruiting bodies on a rotting Sycamore log when I was surprised to see this individual. I need to change magnification and that required a change of lens. I would have used my Laowa 25mm but the adapter was not to hand and I could soon lose track of the pseudoscorpion. (I saw another, smaller (immature) one when trying to relocate the origiinal one. I took some shots but none seem to have been good enough.

I fitted my Photar on the extension for FOV ca 3.5mm wide but that proved to difficult for framing. I shortened the extension to give a FOV 5mm wide. Even with this locating the subject again after e.g. repositioning the flash, was very difficult, even when the pseudoscorpion obligingly settled in one place for most of the session.

As I have said in other posts about using the lens, getting lighting onto the subject is challenging. This was the worst macro session I can remember for dark frames after my hand and/or the extension tubes often blocked the light. I now have an adapter onto M42, which will make the extension 17mm narrower.

These arthropods are related to scorpions and spiders but are harmless to us, having no tail sting. They are predators on tiny arthropods such as springtails.

All of the images have been cropped moderately. In all the images there was a leg from the cast skin of (probably) a woodlouse. I have tried to reduce its impact in each single image. To have tried to do so for the stereos would have given very messy results.

I have made some stereo pairs. They are not as I would have liked but they may have some entertainment value.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Leitz Wetzlar Photar 25mm f2.5 macro some at f11, most at f16, single TTL flash, hand-held with support.

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Re: A Difficult Session with a Pseudoscorpion

Very good Harold. I love the 3d versions.
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Re: A Difficult Session with a Pseudoscorpion

The last large one the pick of the bunch for me, but all fun to look at. sad you don't live a bit nearer we would have you as a speaker to our wildlife group

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Re: A Difficult Session with a Pseudoscorpion

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Very good Harold. I love the 3d versions.
Thanks, Paul.

If you look closely, you will see that the single frames differ in planes of focus. What I like to call lateral stacking! Not deliberate but good to know about.

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The last large one the pick of the bunch for me, but all fun to look at. sad you don't live a bit nearer we would have you as a speaker to our wildlife group

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Thanks Andy,

You wouldn't want me saying some of the things I said during the session!

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Re: A Difficult Session with a Pseudoscorpion

Nice work Harold
I have yet to see one myself.


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We have been in this house 21 years and I have seen three. The good news is that I have seen them at the front of the front garden and at the very rear of the back garden, giving lots of scope in between.


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Re: A Difficult Session with a Pseudoscorpion

I have just edited the post. It was single flash, not twin.

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