See, now that's a scorp that I would absolutely love to have. Unfortunately, because accidents can happen and my collection is basically in my living room, I won't get anything like that for fear that it might get out and I have two kids under 4. That doesn't mix in my book. Maybe if we ever get a house and I have a seperate room for my invert collection, I'll start to think about it. A. bicolor is definitely on my list for that time....
That's a very responsible attitude, Scott. The fact that dangerous scorps and kids do mix in some people's books is just sad. Until you do get your own (locked) room, feel free to live vicariously through Gary and I.
Props to you on the artistic effect. I love it! I may have to try that (natural sunlight) myself. I just use a heat lamp for lighting since my bug room is in the basement. It's usually the only portable light within convenient reach.
You're pretty brave gettin that close though. Do you wear chainmail gloves while holding the cam that close?
I get a little spooked taking pics of the hot stuff from that close myself. There's always that split second after you take the pic when the little screen on the cam goes blank. My bugs always pick that exact moment to quickly advance toward me. Then the screen somes back on and I don't see the bug in the viewfinder. Then I look around the camera to find the bug inches from my hand and closing fast! Fun!
Natural sunlight is good, but the time of day really does matter. I was using a beam that set the shadows, but later in the day I probably could have achieved a more even illumination. I really want to take some pics in my backyard, so that I can have the sun directly above -- but then the neighbours will see and I'll be in all sorts of trouble. The C.exilicauda pics were taken under a white halogen bulb and turned out okay. I was taking the pics through the glass, though -- next time I'm popping the top.
I'm actualy not using a digital camera, as I have spent too much on scorpions and can't afford one. I am using an old Pentax SLR camera with a zoom/macro lense. There is about 8" of lense and several inches of space between the scorps and me at any time. Of course it does mean I have to run down to the developer, get the film developed and then run back here and scan the pics -- but it is a labour of love.