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    A desert hairy scorpion, a white box and 15 minutes (pics)

    Lately I have been lamenting the lack of critters available to me to photograph at this time of the year. Well I am happy to say that the problem has been resolved—for the time being at least. Last week I took possession of 19 new “pets” including three new species of scorpions, two species of tarantulas, and one centipede. One might jump to the conclusion that I used the dearth of photographic subjects as an excuse to buy some interesting critters (and one would be right).

    Last night I finally managed to find a whole 15 minutes to do a shoot, so I quickly set-up my white box and took these pictures of one of my new critters: a lovely adult female desert hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis). Here are a couple of photos from the series I posted on my blog.

    Cheers,
    EC
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    desert hairy scorpion 7 copyright ernie cooper 2012_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr

    desert hairy scorpion 6 copyright ernie cooper 2012_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr

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    I really love your technique for shooting these insects and arachnids. Your eye for composition is exceptional as well.
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    She looks scared in the second one. I can't wait to see the tarantulas!
    Very nice detail.

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    very very nice!!! i hope you can get your hands on some of the giant venomous centipedes. would make for amazing pictures

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    Very nicely done, can't wait to see the other pets!
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    Excellent shots, Ernie!



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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmcnair View Post
    I really love your technique for shooting these insects and arachnids. Your eye for composition is exceptional as well.
    Thank you!!!

    EC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    She looks scared in the second one. I can't wait to see the tarantulas!
    Very nice detail.

    Not scared...I put a jar lid over her to keep her in place while I adjusted my camera. I lifted the lid and took that shot before she stood up and started wandering around.



    Most of the tarantulas are very tiny still...but I got a nice young (3 inch) B. smithi. Its close to shedding, once it has done so it will be really pretty and I'll shoot it then.

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