Determination

Posted by daniela scharnowski (Berlin, Germany) on 31 July 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

My submission for the Am3 theme.
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I had thought about how to transform this theme for quite a while.
When I think of determination I instantly see people´s faces in a strong almost forceful expression. That´s not what I want to show.
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I have been quite obsessed with one theme for the last years, I really want this to realise in a shot - it´s from the starting sequence of Dexter (tv) - a mosquito sucking the blood from my own arm.
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I can´t count how often I ´ve let myself get bitten by mosquitos and tried to photograph that. It´s not as easy as it sounds. (Try it LOL)
Oh I got some more or less "good" shots over the years.
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This summer I had my try on 4 occasions, and this one time I "managed" to get bitten in the inner left hand - what a very weird place for a mosquito. Handheld macrolens (heavy..) and the itching (aaargh) and the one handed focussing and cameraholding thing, not to mention the sweaty hands - 35°C that day, afraid of scaring the mosquito off (how sick is that?!) - let´s just say it was difficult. :}
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I´m still not happy with the result; although this one´s closer to what I want than any of the other shots.
But I am bound and determined: One day I make the pic that i already have made in my mind.
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Btw - my sequence didn´t include smashing the mosquito in the end :)
or as it reads on movie credits:
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No animal has been harmed. Only me.
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Pentax K-x
1/200 second
F/7.1
ISO 100
105 mm

determination
theme
2012
macro
105mm
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