James Dorey | A Beautiful Death



Name: James Dorey
Picture title: A Beautiful Death
Category: Animals
Occupation: PhD Student

James says:
‘A cuckoo wasp curls up in its defensive pose, surrounded by her magnificent armour. Just like cuckoo birds, cuckoo wasps trick another species into raising its young at the expense of their own. This female could spell beautiful death for the unsuspecting young of a mud-dauber wasp.

The incredible metallic colouration of cuckoo wasps makes taking a picture of them quite difficult, as they are so reflective. For this image I had to get as much diffusion as I could.’

Technical information:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
ISO 100
1/200th  sec
Accessories: 2x flashes and stackshot rail
Post processing: Zerene Stacker, tweaks in Photoshop and Lightroom

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