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Orange Assassin Bug (Pselliopus barberi) by Bill Foy

August 2019 - Orange Assassin Bug (Pselliopus barberi)

About the Image(s)

How I Did It: The image was made at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA in early June of this year. I was bug-hunting and came across this insect, which I had never seen before. Made a few images and liked this one best. Nikon D500, Sigma 150mm macro lens, f/16, 1/250, ISO-1000, flash, hand-held, Exposure Program-Manual.

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8 comments posted

Love the complimenting colours of the green leaf and the yellow bug.Composition is excellent as the bugs body angle and the upright antenna balance well together. Nice flash catchlight in the eye.   Posted: 08/04/2019 10:34:52
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, John. Interesting that you mention the catchlight - it's something I don't try for and, to be honest, I didn't even notice until you mentioned it. I probably have 20-30 shots of this insect because it never stopped moving and I felt it's position wasn't the best. I finally settled on this image because it presented the view of all the parts of the insect.   Posted: 08/13/2019 11:14:45

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I took a photo of this exact same bug this past weekend! That one lives in Missouri, LOL. My effort is not nearly as nice as this one. Really nice detail and position of the bug on the leaf. Although the background is also green, the leaf still stands out well against it. I agree that the colors of the bug and leaf work well together.   Posted: 08/05/2019 06:28:58
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Denise.   Posted: 08/13/2019 11:16:52

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The sharpness of the subject, along with the complimentary colors, really make this image pop. And you caught a catchlight in his little eye! I would raise the overall white point or exposure a little, as it feels dark on my screen overall, but otherwise, its a great macro shot! Well done!   Posted: 08/13/2019 15:13:03
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Carol.
  Posted: 08/27/2019 10:25:41

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice image Bill, I agree that the orange and green work well together. Nice sharpness and contrast. I see what Carol is saying but I would worry busting the white point/exposure wold wash out some of that nice orange on the bug, and/or blow out some of it's highlights as well. If you could mask out the bug and just brighten the greens, that would work. But, overall the darkness doesn't bother me.   Posted: 08/15/2019 14:45:12
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Bob.   Posted: 08/27/2019 10:25:14