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Expeditionary Forces by Bosaiya Expeditionary Forces by Bosaiya
Part of the Angels & Insects series.

Lit with tungsten from below for warmth and flash from behind for opacity.
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DunkelKunoichi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Those Quelicers are amazing... itīs all the body or only the exoskeleton???


:clap: Nice photo!
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peripatetic-silence Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2005
WOW marvel at those pincers!!!! amazing photo :#1:
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
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:iconjohnnyjinx:
johnnyjinx Featured By Owner May 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Thanks!
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LeTHaL-1- Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005
excellent shot, such great detail
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2005
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
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gak Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005
very crispy clear photo and nice warm colours!

what lens did you use for this ?
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
Thanks! All of the true macro shots were done with a $150 100mm Vivitar lens, the cheapest thing I could find. Not that I was specifically looking for something cheap, but I couldn't afford what I really wanted so I got what would do for the time being.
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ageofloss Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004   Photographer
Looks phenomenal! :D I've got to :+fav: this!!
Good idea to put the light behind the bug, makes it translucent!
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004
Thanks! It was something I started playing with early on and I just kept with it.
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sergiemag Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004   Photographer
omg! didnt see this one before. i love how you can get your pictures so clear and make the lighting so perfect and get so close without loosing them aspects. this is awesome!
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
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:icongavoid:
gavoid Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
Great stuff, you've made what is an object of fear to so many seem very beautiful.
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
Thank you, I'm glad you see it that way!
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:iconm0rt:
M0rt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004  Professional Photographer
Hell, that's great!
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004
Thank you so much!
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kittiquin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
... amazing...
depth of focus is wonderfully done...
light as well...



... something slightly repulsive in the dirtiness of it.
which I like :)


:+fav:
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004
Thank you so much! The light was partially an accident so I'm glad it turned out and you liked it.
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kea-etc Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
I like the lighting here :)
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
Thank you! I used a flash behind and a small tungsten underneath. The exposure was roughly 1sec.
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Raventhird Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004  Professional Photographer
:+fav:
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diDjA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004   Photographer
otherworldy....i love it!!! how do u do the sepia toning?
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Thanks! It's a combination of mixed lighting/incorrect white balance and some desaturation in post. The light shifts everything towards the red-orange end and the desaturation dulls it down.
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iamshe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
oh, pheNOMenal! I loved finding these husks hanging on the sides of trees.

Gorgeous colors, and I love how the lines of the background and floor-type-surface give it an almost modern look, and the subject is this antediluvian creature just born out of the primordial soup, so to speak. Nice nice nice!

Only critique I can think of is that it would've been nice to have the right border a little bit farther off the hindmost/rightmost leg, but not much...the balance is definitely correct to have it close there, I would say just not quite so absolutely close as it is now (ie, touching).

Gorgeous crispness! All the cilia are perfectly clear and distinct.
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Thanks so much! The framing is actually off from what I had intended. The flash in back (the visible white box) was being held and triggered by hand, as was the shutter release with my other. I ended up bumping everything and it all came out "off", but I looked at it in the monitor and actually thought it had a nice feel. Of course I tried to duplicate that later and it never quite worked out the same.
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Thanks so much! The framing is actually off from what I had intended. The flash in back (the visible white box) was being held and triggered by hand, as was the shutter release with my other. I ended up bumping everything and it all came out "off", but I looked at it in the monitor and actually thought it had a nice feel. Of course I tried to duplicate that later and it never quite worked out the same.
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iamshe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Welcome! I read your artwork commentary, but didn't put it together that the surface the bug-suitcase was sitting on was itself bumped, I imagined as the bg...it came out marvelously well, thank goodness for grace and happy "accidents" (in quotes because I don't really believe in them as such). It *does* have a nice feel, very good, delicious creme soda tones. :D
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
I hope some of them are truly accidents, because most of them turn out so poorly! What's really funny is that your comment threw me for quite a loop. In the background that you can't see in this shot is a... suitcase! I'll upload some more soon that you can clearly see it in, so I couldn't figure out how you knew.

Creme soda?!?! Eww! I'll never look at another bottle quite the same way again!
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iamshe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Ah, but therein lies the gift and art of discernment...if it was *all* good, there'd be no point in celebrating the good stuff, then, would there?

:lol: re: this suitcase synchronicity thing...I didn't know there was a suitcase, it happened to be the phrase I was using to refer to the empty carapace (if that's the term) as a suitcase for carrying an insect. Love it when stuff like that happens, where one knows without knowing, so to speak. I'm big on that sort of thing, happens to me all the time...have I mentioned I'm up to something like two dozen pirate references? I've stopped counting because it's become ridiculous and so numerous as not to be special anymore!!).

Ruined your taste for creme soda, did I? My work here is done... :mwahaha: But wait, is there another food reference I can use to further my nefarious plot to curdle stomachs everywhere? :plotting: ...*I* know...root beer candy! Heh heh heh...
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iamshe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
You know, I wasn't really clear about what "good" means--I do think that people are responsible for what is problematic to them, but "good" doesn't have to mean "blissfully and one-dimensionally euphoric." I mean, I believe that life *is* good, in all its dimensions, not excluding the painful or difficult ones. My goal is to eliminate *suffering* in my own experience, by which I mean specifically secondary pain, or having feelings about feelings (such as guilty about being angry, etc). Then we'd just have to live in that pesky present moment, going to the trouble of embracing life fully and with our most pristine and honed attention, darnit. ( ;p )

:D re: root beer candies!
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
I could live in a world of only good things if I had to. But of course people seem to thrive under stress and end up manufacturing problems.

It took me a while but I figured it out. Eventually.

I hate those candies, so that's okay!
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TheTrieckel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
WHOA thats awesome, really awesome, great work:nod:
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Thanks so much!
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TheTrieckel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
your welcome.
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xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Im thinking those guys taste like acid.
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Well now you have your homework assignment!
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xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Hmmmm... considering it will morthen like snow here tommorow... I think it would be hard to find one of those.
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
Okay, but next year!
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xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
Maybe... But... maybe not... Maybe I wont see any insects... maybe...
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
I hear they mostly come out at night. Mostly...
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xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
Hahaha... depends what time of year...
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gnomeluvinpunk Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
awesome that is truly awesome..i love cicaydas...i love to catch them when they first come out of the ground and play with them...and raise them and watch them come out of their shells then set them free..they are very common here in the summer months...i have always been facinated by them..i know i am very very weird..but i have a connection with bugs and animals and nature...i am sure you wanted to know that TRULY AMAZING PICTURE!
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Wow, that's pretty wild! They don't have them on the West coast, but when I lived in New York as a kid I remember getting one and constructing a little lego cage for it. Then I hooked it up to a 9v battery and made it sing for me. I'm sure that its decendents are plotting their revenge.
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gnomeluvinpunk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
lmfao yeah i love the noise they make too...it's just really interesting...in the summer you can look under a leaf on an oak tree and find seven or eight of the skeletons...it's wicked!
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gnomeluvinpunk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
lmfao yeah i love the noise they make too...it's just really interesting...in the summer you can look under a leaf on an oak tree and find seven or eight of the skeletons...it's wicked!
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The-Unseelie-Court Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
holy crap *cringe*
this is so gorgeously unsettling...
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:iconbosaiya:
Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Thank you!
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LieToMe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004   Photographer
indeed very metalic silver, lovely lighting and interesting background all add to it. :)
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Bosaiya Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Thanks! The background was accidental. At least the placement was. That's a Sto-fen bounce over a flash head. I was trying to get it to fill up the frame behind the shell for a transparent effect, but as I have no off-camera flash cord I had to manually trigger the flash, which was being held in my hand, at approximately the same time as I was releasing the shutter on the camera. I moved the flash while doing so but thought it was kind of nice like that.
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