The Flying Cross

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Saw this little bugger perched on top of a petal and he reminded me of an old biplane like the one used by Snoopy. I really have to try focus stacking one of these days although I’m sure it would be a real challenge for live bugs in an outdoor setting.

Like The Mouth Of A Volcano

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Well at least that’s what it looks like. This was another experiment shooting macro with my lens set at f2.8 using available light. That’s the top view of a hibiscus flower bud and I was really happy with how this image turned out. It also reminds me of something else but then that would be NSFW.

Top oโ€™ the Morning

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One reason to go to the market at daybreak is to have first dibs on the strawberries. And these babies were absolutely gorgeous. Now where’s the cream and sugar?

Frog In A Bottle

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Yes you got that right. I was out bug-hunting and saw this frog sleeping inside a plastic bottle that someone had left in some bushes. Pathetic really for the polluting offender but this guy just took up residence and seemed happy for the warm and dry nook he found

Focal Point

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Another attempt at a naturally-lit macro shot. Used f2.8 as my opening for this one to get the fastest shutter speed possible and blur out the background. What’s never apparent at least in any of my macro shots is the effort it takes to get a decent point-of-view. These bugs can be skittish at times which is why you need to either get down on your knees or even lie on the ground and contort your body to get the right angle. You need to make the least amount of movement when shooting which is why I like the early mornings when they’re still sleepy and laden with dew which makes it harder to move (I assume).

Cholesterol Garden Redux

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I just couldn’t pass up another image from this place. But this time I got the proprietor in the shot. Love those sausages!

Profile Of A Katydid

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I normally shoot my flash-augmented macros at f11-16. There isn’t much depth-of-field (DOF) at the magnification I use and every little bit counts. At the same time, despite the use of flash, blur can be an issue since the blur overwrites whatever image was captured with the flash. I normally use 1/100 or 1/160 of a second to reduce blur but I would go even lower if I could to let in more ambient light. I try to avoid black or dark backgrounds which look very unnatural. This image was the result of shooting at a slower shutter speed than my normal which blurred out the edge of the frame and rendered the yellow flower into a smoother bokeh. You can see the faint shadow outline in the upper left of the body. Yet I managed somehow to keep the center and the eye to remain somewhat in focus to add some detail. Very happy with how it turned out!

Orange Is The New Black

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My kids and I were just messing around and exploring the woods near the house in Baguio when we came across this bug hiding beneath the bark of a pine tree. There were actually several of them congregating between the cracks and they weren’t really too enthusiastic about posing for a pic and kept scampering in different directions. After several attempts, I was finally able to get at least one image of a clearly defined abdomen. If anyone can tell me what kind of bug this is, I’d sure appreciate it๐Ÿ™‚

Juxtaposition

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We were at the local woodcarver/furniture store in Baguio and just browsing around. The shop was several layers deep and cluttered with so much stuff both big and small. I turned around and saw my wife taking a break with a huge carving of Jesus in the foreground and just had to take this.

Nganga

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Nganga or betel chew is a practice dating back from the Spanish colonial periods. It consists of combining betel leaves, areca nut, lime and some chewing tobacco into a wad which you then put inside your mouth to chew. I’ve never tried it and don’t plan to. It’s actually quite interesting and you can read more about it here. It’s still quite popular in the highlands of Baguio which is where I found this store selling the ingredients for nganga.

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