by Geoff Thompson, Queensland Museum Collection Imager
What does a museum micro-photographer do when locked down?
He builds a modification for his flash diffuser and heads out into the garden to photograph small creatures, with his own camera and macro lens.
After editing and adjusting, only a few images are worth sharing. Queensland Museum entomologists have identified these as far as is possible. Often it is impossible to identify an insect from a photograph. Entomologists may need to see features from many angles and sometimes at high magnification on a specimen, to be sure of an identification. The trouble is photographers rarely manage to catch the insect as well as photograph it.