Black and Yellow Mud Dauber

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber (Sceliphron caementarium) like all sphecids are more closely related to bees than to the vespid wasps. They are solitary insects that build nests out of mud in sheltered locations, frequently on man-made structures. These nests are not aggressively defended, and stings are rare. Mud daubers make use of spiders to … Read more

Russell’s Kukri Snake

Russell’s Kukri Snake or Variegated Kukri Snake (Oligodon taeniolatus) is a slender snake with the stereotype build of the genus Oligodon. Its colour may vary considerably which has led to the naming and often subsequent revision of many subspecies. Sri Lankan specimens are often light brown with darker or buff coloured stripes and a pearly … Read more

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Auto-Blending Focus Tutorial

The other day, I found a Long horned beetle clinging to the siding of my house. I grabbed my trusty Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens and my Feisol tripod. As I could not get all the parts of this beetle in focus I remembered the auto-align and … Read more

Long Horned Beetle

This Long Horned Beetle was photographed using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens. I blended 6 shots which had different points of focus into a single using new auto-blend feature of Adobe Photoshop CS4. At 1:1 depth of field was minuscule. By using auto-blending I was able to acheive a perfectly clean image … Read more