Day 149: Woodlouse

by Ivan Steenkamp June. 25, 2017 1180 views


After a long day of work and going to town I wanted to enjoy myself with my photography for the day. I do really love doing macro photography so that is what I decided to do.

I went outside and looked around for insects or any small flowers to photograph. Eventually I found this little grey woodlouse on a tree-trunk. I placed it into my hand and then broke a dead branch off of the same tree (so that it would feel at home when inside my home) to use as the prop it would be on.

I then set up my temporary studio on the dining table. Stick, white paper background, paper reflector, tripod and speed-light, and the woodlouse of course.

These were the only two photos that turned out to look really sharp and well composed. I hope you enjoy the photos of this interesting little crustacean.

14 feet walking down the stick.

14 feet walking down the stick.

A meal is close-by!

A meal is close-by!

Lighting: Yongnuo 568EX flash, home-made softbox.

Metadata: 50mm ƒ/1.8 lens reverse mounted.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro.


A woodlouse (plural woodlice) is a terrestrial isopod crustacean with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. ~ Wikipedia

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- Kim - 3 years, 8 months ago

I am amazed at the level of detail.  Thank you for sharing your process of how to create such wonderful images!

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to - Kim - 3 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Kim! I'm glad that I can share my knowledge to you! laughing

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 8 months ago

Amazing work.

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 8 months ago

Thank you, Antonio! I appreciate it... blush

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