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Flower and Japanese Beetle

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To continue the spring theme, here is another flower photo. Although, I must confess that this photo was actually created in late summer.

Even with my Audubon field guide, I had trouble determining what the name of this flower is. Thankfully someone came to my rescue and informed me that it is an Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis). Beautiful by any name.

I created this photograph during a long weekend trip in the southeast portion of the Adirondacks, near the town of Wells. It rained throughout my entire visit, but I still managed to get some pretty good photos. By taking a few precautions, it is still possible to photograph in the rain. In this case, it was helpful to have a relatively cooperative subject (the bug was moving very slowly). However, the wind and rain worked against me.

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"Flower and Japanese Beetle" was created with my Hasselblad 500 CM camera, and 80 mm lens with a 21 mm extension tube, Bogen 3021 tripod with ball head: f22 for 1/15s. Film - Kodak E100SW, ISO 100. The extension tube allows the great close-up, but also creates a very limited depth of field.

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