I'm mostly known for tarantula photography but 2018 will be all about scorpions.
They are all 40-50 megapixel, 16bit, ProPhoto, likely the most detailed (extreme) macros I’ve ever made. EXIF, setups and so is in the Flickr description, everything is studio work. All of them were collected for research purposes or are captive breeds, none of them were killed. Usually, they directly go to the universities. I keep them completely intact, which makes it a lot harder to photograph them at 6-10X. The images below are only some of the macro images I produced for my upcoming handbook.
"I'm still absolutely blown away by this metasoma. I have another edit of this one, where it looks like it's made out of black shiny metal, one of my favorite wallpapers ever. The original color was almost completely orange. I restored it to the original brown/black tone."
"This small scorpion species with around 5 cm body length (body+flat metasoma) has an exceptionally long aculeus. It’s named after my friend Mark who discovered it, and collected this exact specimen in the wild. Original colors restored based on a living one, also photographed by me!"
0.1 Adult female Hottentotta franzwerneri preserved in 75% Isopropyl.
Original colors restored based on a living one, also photographed by me!
Unlike tarantula fangs which always are completely black, every scorpion aculeus I have seen so far was always darker at the end. So far I assume that's due to the metals > https://flic.kr/p/VyXM4Y > https://flic.kr/p/Vz7G3X
1.0 (Sub) adult male Apistobuthus pterygocercus preserved in 75% Isopropyl.
"I photographed a living one yesterday, this in combination with habitat images from Mark http://www.buthidae.eu, who collected this specimen in the wild for research purposes, allowed me to recreate the natural environment as close as possible in the studio."