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    Backlighting

    So i have been fooling around with backlighting a lot lately. It doesn't always work but it sure is a lot of fun! Feel free to hop over to my Flickr stream to check out the usual (front) lighting shots! Beautiful, elegant white moth with backlighting. Geometridae, Ennominae Ourapteryx sp., ID...
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    Mantids of Malaysia

    Mantis threesome! LOL. See the next pic. Deroplatys lobata IMG_8021 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr Dead Leaf Mantids (Deroplatys lobata). Two males on one female. Malaysia. Deroplatys lobata IMG_8011 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr Dead Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys desiccata.)...
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    Venus 15mm 1:1 wide angle macro lens

    I received this lens from Venus/Laowa earlier this week and managed to test it out in the field a couple of times. A steep learning curve for me as wide angle macro is something completely new to me. I have seen many wide angle macro shots that I like though but getting the kind of shots I like...
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    Emerging House Centipede

    A newly molted house centipede (Scutigeridae). Scutigeridae_MG_0329 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr Scutigeridae_MG_0326 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr Backlit Scutigeridae_MG_0341 copy by Kurt (Orionmystery) G, on Flickr Backlit Scutigeridae_MG_0346 copy by Kurt...
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    Snakes of Malaysia

    Pretty ribbon. Striped Coral Snake (Calliophis intestinalis) playing dead, again. They are really good at this! Highly venomous. Malaysia. Calliophis intestinalis_MG_9318 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Red-headed Reed Snake (Calamaria schlegeli). Montane forest, Pahang...
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    Mixed bugs and lightings

    Nom nom nom. House centipede munching on a katydid. Selangor, Malaysia. Scutigerid eating katydid_MG_8710 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Wild flower. Iridaceae. Likely Trimezia martinicensis - ID credit: Ahmad Fuad Haji Morad. Selangor, Malaysia. Trimezia martinicensis...
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    Back with more snakes!

    A rather bitey Painted Bronzeback snake Dendrelaphis pictus_MG_8469 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Malayan Whip Snake with big bulging eyes Ahaetulla mycterizans_MG_8491 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Ahaetulla mycterizans_MG_8765 copy by Kurt...
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    Tropical reptiles and amphibians

    Up close with a Hagen's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus hageni). Malaysia. Trimeresurus hageni IMG_8120 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Good looking and cooperative male (?) Bell's Angle-head lizard (Gonocephalus bellii) posing for me at night. Malaysia. Gonocephalus bellii IMG_8063...
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    Gorgeous jewel beetle

    Cryptic grasshopper on the forest floor full of leaf litter. Can you find it? Trigonopteryx sp._MG_6494 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr If you couldn't find it, take a look at this and go back to the first and try again :) Trigonopteryx sp._MG_6485 copy by Kurt...
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    Mixed bag of tropical bugs

    Lovely frog but I've photographed it too many times so I tried fooling around with different lighting instead. Nyctixalus pictus IMG_8136 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Newly emerged dragonfly Newly emerged dragonfly IMG_8038 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on...
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    Molting huntsman spider

    When I first spotted the spider. Time stamp included in all shots and also in the GIF. 2015:02:25 21:11:45 Molting huntsman spider_MG_6764 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr 2015:02:25 21:16:34 Molting huntsman spider_MG_6777 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr...
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    Beautiful Snakes!

    A female Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri). Selangor, Malaysia. Tropidolaemus wagleri_MG_6688 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Cute little baby Triangle Keelback (Xenochrophis trianguligerus) sleeping on a fern at night. Malaysia. Xenochrophis trianguligerus_MG_6391...
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    A few frogs (& toads)

    Common Sunda Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus). Duttaphrynus melanostictus_MG_6660 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr River Toad (Phrynoidis aspera). Selangor, Malaysia. Phrynoidis aspera_MG_5959 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Lovely pair of Malayan Flying...
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    Tropical Bugs

    Beautiful Dictyopharid planthopper. Pahang, Malaysia. Dictyopharid hopper_MG_5843 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Leptomantella sp. mantis. ID suggested by GC Gan. Selangor, Malaysia. Leptomantella sp. IMG_4398 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Malay...
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    Arachnids

    Sir, may I know what time it is now? Super cool scorpion. See, it's friendly! On my Czech friend, Vladimir's hand! Female Heterometrus spinifer. Heterometrus spinifer_MG_6299 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Heterometrus spinifer_MG_6284 copy by Kurt...
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    Tropical Lizards

    Up close with a Bell's Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus bellii). Malaysia. Gonocephalus bellii_MG_6536 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus) Aeluroscalabotes felinus_MG_6241 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Up close with a...
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    Lots of Spiders

    Poltys sp. Poltys sp._MG_5769 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr What it looks like from behind. Poltys sp._MG_5788 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Ogre faced spider / net casting spider Deinopis sp.?_MG_6428 stk copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on...
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    Venus 60mm 2:1 macro lens!

    Sharing a few images taken with this lens either a Canon 70D or 40D. Both full flash and natural light shots. The good: Great to be able to go from infinity focus and all the way to 2:1 without having to add any tubes or teleconverter or diopter lens. No risk of exposing the sensor to dust...
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    Venus 60mm 2:1 macro lens - field test images

    I managed to take the Venus 60mm 2X macro lens out for a test a couple of nights ago. Probably not a great idea to use a fully manual lens with no auto stop-down for the first time in the dark!!! Since the lens has to be stopped down to F11 (my aperture setting) when focusing, the viewfinder is...
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    Lots of spiders!

    Up close with a female Telamonia dimidiata. jumping spider. Selangor, Malaysia. Telamonia dimidiata IMG_5443 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on Flickr Good looking jumping spider. Pancorius sp. (?). Selangor, Malaysia. Pancorius sp._MG_4119 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com), on...
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