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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Bat Skeleton

I photographed this bat skeleton some time ago, but the image sat in my cataloging folder until I could get the post processing done.

Bats are such delicate creatures, and yet so beautifully put together. Their evolution is slowly being revealed by the fossil record and genetics.


I was hoping to illustrate the delicate nature of the skeleton, and yet show the dynamic flexibility of a flying mammal. I'm not so sure I was successful, and the tiny wing bones made the whole process very challenging. It will have to do for now.


This bat is a different species than the skeleton, but has a similar build. No matter what I tried, I could not come close to the elegance of a live flying bat that is shown here.


cliff said...

What a fantastic photo of the bat in flight. It looks like the veins in the wings are like a spiders web for strength. I study your photos so I can learn more about the lighting, which I believe is the key to better photos.

On another note, I studied the preview on the Canon G10 and found that it might work well for a trail camera using the remote. I need more info on the remote, but will try my best to before obtaining one for testing. The problem I have with the D100 is if the flash in on it will fire on every photo, day or night and the focus at night is sess than great. The Canon G10 has a built in flash that will operate more like a trail cam and it's just a matter of getting the board hooked up with the camera using the remote and how long the battery will last.

Thanks for all the help,


OregonWild said...

Thanks Cliff,

I haven't used a G10, but I hear they are great cameras. Typically, for my set-ups I am using cameras on manual focus so they trigger instantly, with the flash always hot and ready to fire. I can usually only get three or four weeks before the batteries need charging.

I often also will use an active IR trigger so i can select the trip point fairly accurately depending on terrain.

I think this is fairly different from your set-up, but it also tends to be heavy and complicated, and by comparison - short lived.

dyana said...

Good post.....

thanks for sharin with us......


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kid said...

um do u have any pictures of bat,birds,owl and turtle tracks in snow?and do all animals travel each night

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