08.02.2020 Sweet Sunday Skipper

Things are starting to pick up in the yard. While walking around I noticed this Least Skipper-Ancyloxypha numitor on a grass blade near all the wood chips from the wood pile that is waiting to be split. Tough on the knees but worth it.

Canon 40D, 100 macro, twin flash

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 08.02.2020 Sweet Sunday Skipper

  1. melissabluefineart says:

    These little guys are so cute. Things are indeed picking up in your yard for you to have least skippers! Wonderful capture.

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  2. Maria says:

    It looks so well lit. I have the macro ring lights but they limit you tremendously when you need to back away from the subject. I didn’t know about these. Now I see they let you work from a much further away distance and keep the flash attached to the camera securely and get more balanced lighting since you have two flashes on each side and one on top.

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    • I do like this flash setup better than one atop the camera. I don’t have one on the top currently but might change that some day. For now I just have the one shoe and no other option to add another flash. But it is doing what I wish it to do. I never really considered the ring flash because the catch lights were circles.


      • Maria says:

        I didn’t know it didn’t come with the top unit. It sure is more powerful than my ring lights, which did include the top unit. However, the circular lights are weak and had to be used too close to the subject.

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      • Maria says:

        Oh my goodness, I see what you’re saying now. The top unit is like an IR receiver. No wonder the ring lights I have are so weak because all they use are the rings, there is no unit on top. I haven’t used them in a while, so please excuse me.

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  3. At least you got a least skipper for your trouble.

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  4. Very nice detail Steve! The darker background really makes the Skipper standout!


    • Thanks, Reed. I do like that effect provided by the use of a flash although on some subjects there are a lot of reflections. I should try a polarizer too to see if that will reduce them.


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    You need a pair of those mason’s kneepads!

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  6. Werner says:

    Super Foto , Steve. 👍👍👍

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  7. krikitarts says:

    So nice that this one was patient enough with you to permit this proximity. Your double flash is sure working well for you.

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    • Yes, it allowed me several shots before my usually clumsiness convinced it that enough was enough. The flash is working great although I am still working in reducing the hot spots it creates on reflective chitin.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Sweet for sure! That big, bushy head and the short wings give it a very approachable look. What a terrific photo!

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  9. shoreacres says:

    What a pretty creature. I couldn’t figure out why it looked odd to me, so I looked at some other photos, and decided it’s the longitudinal patterns in its wings. Combined with the colors, they give it a much different appearance than most of the skippers I see. You certainly captured it well.

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