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Tanypteryx
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Message 1 of 15 (883380)
12-03-2020 10:15 PM


I think it was about a year ago when I stopped being active here at EvC.

Then along came Covid-19 and changed everyone's life. Life for my wife and I didn't change that much. Early on, in February we went into total isolation. We ordered and picked up groceries and occasionally filled up with petrol. We were masked and gloved and distanced and so far we have avoided getting sick.

Over last winter I was photographing the development of several species of dragonfly embryos in the egg. It became clear by April that I wasn't going to be able to travel to meetings or on collecting trips.

My other major project the last couple years has been shooting portraits of dragonfly heads (with living colors) from many different angles. I'm using very high resolution microscope objectives for these projects and my own custom built focus stacking system.

So, what to do? I ended up having one of the most productive season of my life. I shot many of species from local habitats that I usually paid less attention to. Wow! I am finding all sorts of interesting features that I was not aware of before. I shot so many sets of images that I will have many that still need to be processed on my computer. Each image stack takes 6-20 hours to process, so lots to keep me busy over this winter, plus I am working with more dragonfly eggs.

I have been very lucky to not have my life destroyed by the pandemic or the economic upheaval. I hope everyone here is doing ok and staying well!


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

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Message 2 of 15 (883381)
12-03-2020 11:24 PM
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12-03-2020 10:15 PM


Good Looking Out
Glad to hear that you both are OK and that you reaped a creative bonus! Necessity is the mother of Invention.

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Message 3 of 15 (883383)
12-04-2020 12:57 AM
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12-03-2020 10:15 PM


As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. That seems to have worked for you.

My life has not changed all that much, other than wearing a face mask.


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12-04-2020 2:49 AM
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12-03-2020 10:15 PM


My other major project the last couple years has been shooting portraits of dragonfly heads...

These are still attached to their bodies, yes?

What's the going rate for a full portrait portfolio?


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Tanypteryx
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Message 5 of 15 (883392)
12-04-2020 11:42 AM
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12-04-2020 2:49 AM


These are still attached to their bodies, yes?

Yep. Positioning the specimen is way easier with the head attached. I have a special clip that holds the wings folded together over the back. The color of the eyes changes after death and the optical qualities fade as each ommatidia (facet) becomes opaque.

What's the going rate for a full portrait portfolio?

Prints up to 16x24 inches sell for $100. Each specimen will have 6-10 different shots (each "shot" is a composite of 200-500 individual exposures). Many dragonfly species exhibit sexual dimorphism, where males and females look different, plus in many species there may be an andromorph female that looks like a male. On top of that, immature adults may look quite different from mature individuals. All that gives me a bunch of potential subjects to shoot.

Marketing my work really is not my goal, because it takes time that I would rather spend creating images. I was approached back before the pandemic by a person at the Field Museum in Chicago about a large display of images and a presentation, but I really need an agent to take care of all that. I think it's going to be quite a while after the pandemic is over before that sort of project will be possible to organize. Museums are hurting and many may end up being permanently closed.

Right now I am trying to figure out a practical way to take my imaging system on the road next summer.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 6 of 15 (883399)
12-04-2020 4:34 PM
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12-04-2020 11:42 AM


Right now I am trying to figure out a practical way to take my imaging system on the road next summer.

You could offer some of your dragonfly models a reduced rate on a full portrait spread if they'll help fly your equipment around. You might even consider offering to not poison and pin the model before the photo shoot. That could go a long way to getting you some help.


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I am antifa.

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Tanypteryx
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Message 7 of 15 (883400)
12-04-2020 5:58 PM
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12-04-2020 4:34 PM


You could offer some of your dragonfly models a reduced rate on a full portrait spread if they'll help fly your equipment around. You might even consider offering to not poison and pin the model before the photo shoot.

We don't pin dragonflies because once they are dry they are very fragile. We use special transparent envelopes with all the collecting data on 3x5 cards. Museum quality specimens that will last hundreds of years are possible and quite easy to achieve with the right methodology.

A motorhome that will sleep 5 people separately and with room for my computer and imaging system, plus the money to fuel it, is probably more than I could raise with a "Go Fund Me" appeal.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 8 of 15 (883401)
12-04-2020 6:07 PM
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12-04-2020 5:58 PM


Not if it is marketed properly as a "Fund to stop the steal".

Fine print will say 75% of funds raised will go to researching the link between the incidence of dragon flies and the spread of socialism while the balance will go towards a recount of the illegal dragonfly votes.


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Tanypteryx
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Message 9 of 15 (883402)
12-04-2020 6:40 PM


Also became a cannabis farmer
Cannabis is legal in Oregon and this year once it was obvious that I was going to be stuck at home this year, I decided to grow 4 plants. The next door neighbor has a friend who is a commercial grower and was selling clones for half the price from most suppliers.

I wanted plants that produced a lot of resin and terpines and that turned purplish when they bloomed. Primarily I was hoping for interesting photo subjects. I got 4 different strains on May 1 and planned to grow them indoors under an LED grow light. Once the clones rooted in my 5 gallon pots they grew rapidly. In June I noticed a few aphids so I collected some lady bugs at a spot I knew and they made short work of the aphids.

At the end of July I noticed a fungus, powdery mildew, on a few leaves. This is caused by letting the humidity get too high. Anyway, I moved the plants outdoors to the garden and treated them for the mildew. They had really outgrown my indoor area so I left them outside.

In September they started blooming and were looking great and then we had a weather event, high winds from the east, coupled with terrible wildfires in the Cascades that brought heavy smoke and an ashfall that coated my plants overnight. The resin tricomes on the flowers are very sticky and a coating of fine ash was permanently stuck on. Mold and bacteria soon took over and I had to toss the plants.

I had taken a few cuttings before they bloomed and started 3 new plants under the light. They are growing well and I have taken step to correct the mistakes I made with the first crop. Keeping these plants at 18 hours of light per day will keep them in a vegetative state. Once they have gotten as large as my space will accommodate I can induce blooming by changing the light to 12 hours a day and also making it redder. I will take new cuttings just before I induce blooming for the next generation.

The wildfires totally destroyed several small towns just a few miles east of here. 2020 has been the worst year for humanity in my lifetime.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Tanypteryx
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Message 10 of 15 (883403)
12-04-2020 6:44 PM
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12-04-2020 6:07 PM


Not if it is marketed properly as a "Fund to stop the steal".

And I could promise not to vote for either republican in the Georgia senate runoff.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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AZPaul3
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Message 11 of 15 (883555)
12-18-2020 2:04 AM


Tuesday, November 17, 2020: Backdropped by a blanket of clouds, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft approaches the International Space Station with four Expedition 64 crew members in this view captured from the orbiting laboratory. The spacecraft docked with the space station Monday night at 11:01 p.m. EST (0401 Nov. 17 GMT). — Hanneke Weitering

Title: Dragon Flies over Earth

(Image credit: NASA)


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Message 12 of 15 (883557)
12-18-2020 2:54 PM
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Re: Also became a cannabis farmer
At the end of July I noticed a fungus, powdery mildew, on a few leaves. This is caused by letting the humidity get too high.

Around 1990, I was the primary software developer for a business that designed and manufactured computerized greenhouse controls -- basically, sensors communicated with a PC which used those inputs to command controllers for lights, windows, fans, heaters, etc. You learn a few things while working such projects.

When we talk about humidity, it's relative humidity, which is affected by several factors not just the amount of water vapor in the air (this became very apparent when I first saw a psychrometric chart). For a given amount of water vapor in a given volume of air, temperature is a major factor in changing relative humidity with higher temperatures lowering humidity.

So when humidity in the greenhouse is getting too high, the first action is usually to open the vents to draw in fresh air, but if the outside air is even more humid then that's not done. The second action is to turn up the heat (though for certain plants there are limits to that too), which drives the humidity down. Our software also stored sensor data and print it out in graphs. We could see how humidity was rising and then was held in check by turning up the heat (temperature also being graphed).

When I was stationed in north-eastern North Dakota (the cold part of the state) a couple decades earlier, I saw the opposite side at work. Because of the low temperatures in the dead of winter (mostly from arctic air masses descending upon us from Canada), the air could not hold much water vapor -- when we arrived in the summer we were told that it would get too cold to snow and we foolishly thought they were joking. All the snowing was when it was warm (higher than -10°F) such as in the beginning and at the end of winter. But then when that cold outdoor air came indoors and heated up by the furnace, the humidity dropped even more radically making for fierce static electricity and dried out skin. A common attachment on furnaces was a humidifier to make indoor air more comfortable.


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Message 13 of 15 (883634)
12-30-2020 2:55 PM
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12-04-2020 6:40 PM


Re: Also became a cannabis farmer
Primarily I was hoping for interesting photo subjects.

It's a worthy goal. They are very interesting close up.

More at: Malawi Trichomes

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AZPaul3
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Message 14 of 15 (883646)
12-31-2020 6:06 PM
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12-04-2020 5:58 PM


... is probably more than I could raise with a "Go Fund Me" appeal.

Are you any good at writing grant proposals?

I think some agencies still do grants for artistic works like, maybe, naked pictures of marijuana plants.

Maybe propose an oversized coffee table book of both plant and dragonfly prints. Call it Of Weed and Wings.

Hey, if it'll work for you, use it. It's yours.


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I am antifa.

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AZPaul3
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Message 15 of 15 (883647)
01-01-2021 12:35 PM


Computer, end program. Delete file "2020.yr"

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