Calico Pennant exuvia composite image

Sometime during the late 50s or early 60s, my father bought a new car. That was a big deal in our family. My family was poor, although I didn’t realize it when I was a young boy. We couldn’t afford a new car very often. Anyway, I don’t remember many details about the car other than it was a sky blue Plymouth with tail fins. Big tail fins! For some reason, the following odonate exuvia reminds me of the tail fins on my father’s Plymouth automobile. Go figure.

The Backstory

A Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) evuvia was collected by Sue and John Gregoire at Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory. For the last 13 years, Sue and John have closely monitored the annual emergence of a large population of C. elisa at their farm pond.

Tech Tips

The preceding image is a composite of 11 photos taken using the following equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera, in manual mode; Kenko 20mm macro automatic extension tubeCanon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro lens (set for manual focus); Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite set for “Master” mode; and Canon 580 EX- and Canon 580EX II Speedlites in “Slave” mode.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 was used to create the composite image by “round-tripping” with Apple Aperture, including a few detours in my experimental workflow. I made a lot of mistakes along the way. For example, I was so focused on the technical side of the photoshoot that I never noticed the specimen isn’t posed well. (I wish there were some space between the front leg and the face mask.) Nonetheless, I think the final output turned out OK.

Copyright © 2018 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Calico Pennant exuvia composite image”

  1. New odonate exuviae in 2018 (by family) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Calico Pennant exuvia composite image [Celithemis elisa] […]

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