A few of these hatching on our club water yesterday. Not really seen them in previous years, so quite encouraging. I brought a couple home to try and photograph. It was half eleven last night by the time I got the camera and light box set up. I opened the wee box I had them in and lifted them out, carefully and put them on my stage. Immediately one of them flew off! The remaining one didn't like the bright lights and started scuttling towards the edge. I turned him and turned him and turned him - kept pointing his a
rse towards the camera!
Tried shading him from the lights with my hand until he settled. Just about got him sitting. Next issue was trying to get a sharp shot with good depth of field with low ISO. Needed about a 1 sec exposure for all that, and the problem was his breathing. You would never notice it with the naked eye, but magnify it up and as it breathes in and out, its whole body pulses with the rhythm, so you get motion blur in the shot.
Tried a couple of different settings...
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I turned out the lights and left him sitting on the stage and went to bed. I thought, if he's still sitting there in the morning, he should be well-settled and I can have a more concerted effort. Got up and checked, and he was in the exact same spot I left him last night. Great! So, I went and made myself a coffee, and came back... to find he had flown-off.
Try finding a rogue sepia spinner on the loose in the house.
For anyone who wants to copy the colour of the abdomen, I took several sample readings while I was processing the shots in Adobe Camera Raw, and they average out somewhere around:
Plugged those into the Pantone colour finder, and it gives this...
It's er... sepia.