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07/22/2010

The Daily Beast: Creatures frozen in time

 

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Captured - the capture of a locust by a Chameleon's sticky long tongue.  (Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)


These stunning creatures appear perfectly frozen in time.

The fast-moving animals seem completely static in the sky and water - capturing their colour and features in incredible detail.

Photographer Scott Linstead, 33, went to extraordinary lengths to light fish, insects and reptiles with a flash gun for just a few thousandths of a second.

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Winged flight - a ladybird floats above a flower.  (Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)

The former teacher spent up to a week arranging the lighting and phototraps, which triggered the camera and flash immediately the creature came into view.

The human eye and reaction speed on the shutter release button are rarely quick enough to take the photos manually.

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Walking on water - the 'Jesus' lizard, so called because of its ability to 'walk' on water.  (Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)

The stunning photograph of the Common Basilisk - or Jesus Lizard - running across water was taken in a warehouse using a high-speed flash.

The lizard earned its name through its ability to walk on water.

Scott said: "Recognizing the moment that is critical in any animal behaviour is easy enough - choosing the proper technique and applying it is the challenge.

"Using the phototrap, I can not only photograph the elusive but also the unimaginably quick.

"I overcome the limitation of human reaction time and endurance for photographing phenomena that occur once a day and on no particular schedule.

"The two most obvious cases where the trap is essential is when the photographer cannot be there to trip the shutter or when the event occurs so quickly it is beyond the practical reaction time of the photographer."

The outside shots were more often produced with 'traditional' techniques, using a hand-held camera with a fast lens.

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Leap frog - The Flying Frog  (Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)

Scott, from Quebec, said his obsession with high speed wildlife photography required a lot of patience but the results made it worthwhile.

He said: "The most frustrating scenario is when all the variables necessary to make a great shot come together with the exception of one, minor variable that ruins the whole shot.

"This can be as simple as a curious bystander coming to ask a question and scaring off a wild subject.

"This is part of what led me to photograph in the studio."

Scott imported the archer fish from Singapore and placed the live crickets on the overhead vegetation to encourage them to jump and squirt.

He said: "The tricky part is not capturing the 'squirt' but rather lighting the aquarium in a way so as to not show any reflections on the many glass surfaces.

"The breach behaviour was captured purely by chance while trying to photograph the spitting behaviour.

"When I lowered the 'cricket perch' too low to the water's surface, the fish would jump out to try to grab it manually instead of the more sophisticated method that it is known for."

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An Archer fish spitting water up at an insect and leaps up out of the water to grab it.  (Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)

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A bee makes for its target bloom(Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)

The photo of the bee was taken on Scott's kitchen table.

He said: "This studio image was birthed out of the desire to have full control over the habitat and lighting for an insect flight shot.

"A custom-made Plexiglass device was used to guide the bee's flight path.

"I also oriented the set so that the flightpath pointed directly at my open patio door so the bee could fly right to freedom after tripping the camera."

His photographs of the treefrog, jumping green frog, sugarglider and chameleon were also taken in a studio.

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Dinner on board - an Osprey grabbing its prey.  (Scott Linstead/solent news.co.uk)

And Scott spent four days in a hide at the edge of a pond in Kangasala, Finland, to get his photo of the osprey.

He said: "This location near the city of Tampere is arguably the best spot on earth to photograph this behaviour.

"Twelve hours per day in the hide produced this image on the second day."

Story and photos by Scott Linstead/solentnews.co.uk

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Awesome pictures.. this photographer really has a really good eye for these things. Im inspired

Beautiful photos!

Absolutely amazing. Bravo!

Amphibians are full of surprises!

This is so cool!!! Just goes to show you how amazing nature can be.

AWESOME pictures!

Simply amazing!

AWESOME! HORRAY WAY TO GO! TAKE A PICTURE OF An eagle next time.

Wonderful Photos. But I think Ladybird should be Ladybug. :)

Wow. I just learned something new ... it really is Ladybird. And all these years I've been calling them Ladybugs. Oops.

Simply beatiful

Thank you for the superb photos.

Wonderful photos!! Amazing...could look at these types of photos all day...they are facinating. Well done!

nice collection

incredible! WHat camera do you use?

Just awesome.
Thanks for posting.

Obviously the author has not been to Newcastle,Maine, USA where every year the Alewives run the ladder, at which dozens of ospreys fly and hover, and dive along side sea gulls, bald eagles, and other predatory birds,

Amazing shots, Scott. Do you use an IR trigger? I'm looking into high speed flash, and your photos are truely inspirational.

Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry!
Be hap-patooey! OM NOM NOM!

omg..
its amazing..!
one of the best pics i hv ever seen..!!
\m/

This is so awsome!!!!!!!! The way nature flows.

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