Bees And Onion Flowers

I took these a couple of weeks ago but only just put them in the computer. Another win for the humble Ricoh CX-1. That you can casually snap macro shots like this with such a small, basic and ageing camera, it’s amazing.

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Unfortunately, they don’t make the CX-1 anymore, and they discontinued the subsequent series. I’ll use this one until it breaks, but if I was after a new camera I would go for the Canon Stylus TG4 Tough. It’s marketed as an all-weather waterproof camera, but it has a pretty impressive-looking macro mode. The sample photos include shots of snowflakes.

Bothrogonia ferruginea (Fabricius)

How much easier this would be if it was a photo blog. One click and there’s your post. Instead, I have to spend hours moving round vertices, turning edges, extruding polygons before I have something to show for my effort. Graphic software has come on leaps and bounds, but there will always be bucketloads of unglamorous spade work to do.

I’m having difficulty finding good reference material for modelling the firefly. The genus I need to make is one of the typical japanese varieties – ゲンジボタル (GenjiBotaru) or “Luciola cruciata”. I should be able to go around picking up dead ones next month. In the meantime, I thought I’d take some insect photos to get in the mood.

This one is called “Bothrogonia ferruginea (Fabricius)” (ツマグロオオヨコバイ) and it landed on my wife’s shoulder this afternoon. I used an old Ricoh CX-1. It has a pretty decent macro mode for such a small camera.