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5 days ago Tclenche made the following comment on the observation of Fish posted on June 17, 2018:
it is sad that i do not know of a freshwater specialist in this province. I wish i had the brains to tackle the field.
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5 days ago Mardon made the following comment on the observation of Fish posted on June 17, 2018:
I'd also guess it's a trout fry; maybe Salvelinus fontinalis (a.k.a. Brook Trout or mud trout)?


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5 days ago Tclenche made the following comment on the observation of Fish posted on June 17, 2018:
cool sighting! I wounder if it was a baby trout.
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6 days ago Mardon made the following comment on the observation of Crustacean posted on June 14, 2018:
Thanks Elijah. I also find these small arthropods amazing every time I photograph one of them.  (reply...)
6 days ago Elijah made the following comment on the observation of Crustacean posted on June 14, 2018:
Amazing sightings!  (reply...)
8 days ago Tclenche made the following comment on the observation of Crustacean posted on June 14, 2018:
I just have a Canon Sx50hs. it does decent macro. I can program the shutter speed on it and do limited manual focus.

I also have a small digital microscope that I use on occasion. Just going to try some things to see what works.

Thank you for the information!!

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8 days ago Mardon made the following comment on the observation of Crustacean posted on June 14, 2018:
Thank you!

I use a Canon 1D Mark IV with a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo lens and a Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flash. Hand held, no tripod. The MP-E 65mm lens is rather interesting to use because it has no focus adjustment. The only way to focus it is by moving the camera back and forth until it is the correct distance from the subject.  Some of these aquatic creatures can swim rather fast, so I shoot at 1/250 second shutter speed to minimize motion blur. This is the fastest shutter speed that will sync with the flash.  I keep the aperture on this lens set to f/16 to maximize depth of field.  I try and take at least a dozen exposures because when photographing live, moving arthropods, the majority of the shots are too blurry and out of focus to use. I also shoot in RAW format rather than JPEG. This gives much more flexibility with exposure and white balance. I also have a a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro lens but I rarely use it. It's more for subjects that are 2 cm and over. I prefer to photograph the tiny stuff.

What equipment are you thinking about using for the macro work you're planning? 
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8 days ago Tclenche made the following comment on the observation of Crustacean posted on June 14, 2018:
A fascinating series of sightings and photos. I hope to be able to try this soon. What sort of photographic equipment did you use to get these photos?

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11 days ago Tclenche made the following comment on the observation of Genus Hydrodroma posted on June 11, 2018:
Thank you for that information! I will look it up.
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11 days ago Mardon made the following comment on the observation of Genus Hydrodroma posted on June 11, 2018:
There's a comprehensive list of Newfoundland's known water mite species listed in Chapter 14 of the NRCC publication "Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone". The relevant chapter is entitled, "Water mites (Acarina: Hydrachnidiae) of the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone". It begins on page 283. A portion of this publication is available on Google Books at: https://tinyurl.com/y9c66rov (reply...)