Frozen in time: Incredibly detailed images of animals captured using high-speed photography
An archer fish jumps up at a cricket
placed on a leaf above its tank, an osprey plucks a fish from a pond
and a ladybird flutters from its leaf.
stunning images were captured using high speed photography and show
familiar animals in a series of spectacular action shots.
Scott Linstead, 33, went to extraordinary lengths to light fish,
insects and reptiles with a flash gun for just a few thousandths of a
A ladybird is captured in incredible detail as it opens its wings
Even the water droplets falling from this frog's legs are caught using high speed flash
former teacher spent up to a week arranging the lighting and
phototraps, which triggered the camera and flash immediately the
creature came into view.
The human eye and reaction speed on the shutter release button are rarely quick enough to take the photos manually.
of the pictures were taken in the wild, while others - such as the bee
- were even staged on his kitchen table, in a warehouse or pet shop.
stunning photograph of the Common Basilisk - or Jesus Lizard - running
across water was taken in a warehouse using a high-speed flash.
The lizard earnt its name through its ability to walk on water.
said: 'Recognising the moment that is critical in any animal behaviour
is easy enough - choosing the proper technique and applying it is the
'Using the phototrap, I can not only photograph the elusive but also the unimaginably quick.
An Archer fish squirts water and then leaps up to grab an insect and is captured using a high speed flash
A bee comes in for landing on a flower as tiny motes of pollen float in the air
'I overcome the limitation of
human reaction time and endurance for photographing phenomena that
occur once a day and on no particular schedule.
two most obvious cases where the trap is essential is when the
photographer cannot be there to trip the shutter or when the event
occurs so quickly it is beyond the practical reaction time of the
' The outside shots were more often produced with
'traditional' techniques, using a hand-held camera with a fast lens.
from Quebec, Canada, said his obsession with high speed wildlife
photography required a lot of patience but the results made it
He said: 'The
most frustrating scenario is when all the variables necessary to make a
great shot come together with the exception of one, minor variable that
ruins the whole shot.
'This can be as simple as a curious bystander coming to ask a question and scaring off a wild subject.
is part of what led me to photograph in the studio.' Scott imported
the archer fish from Singapore and placed the live crickets on the
overhead vegetation to encourage them to jump and squirt.
Using high speed shutter speed, the photographer managed to capture this incredible shot of an Osprey grabbing its prey
There's no escape for this locust caught by a Chameleon's sticky long tongue
He said: 'The tricky part is
not capturing the 'squirt' but rather lighting the aquarium in a way so
as to not show any reflections on the many glass surfaces.
'The breach behaviour was captured purely by chance while trying to photograph the spitting behaviour.
I lowered the 'cricket perch' too low to the water's surface, the fish
would jump out to try to grab it manually instead of the more
sophisticated method that it is known for.' The photo of the bee was
taken on Scott's kitchen table.
said: 'This studio image was birthed out of the desire to have full
control over the habitat and lighting for an insect flight shot.
'A custom-made Plexiglass device was used to guide the bee's flight path.
also oriented the set so that the flightpath pointed directly at my
open patio door so the bee could fly right to freedom after tripping
Using high speed flash, an amazing shot of the
'Jesus' lizard left, so called because of it's ability to 'walk' on
water and a bat is reflected in the still stream
His photographs of the treefrog, jumping green frog, sugarglider and chameleon were also taken in a studio.
Scott lured the BlueJay into his photo in Quebec, Canada, by scattering their favourite snack of peanuts.
bat was photographed in the wild in Arizona, USA, where the extremely
dry climate allows for a high frequency of bats flying in to drink.
And the moorhen was captured during a boat trip in central Florida, United States.
The Great Grey Owl was photographed during a snow storm in Ontario, Canada.
And Scott spent four days in a hide at the edge of a pond in Kangasala, Finland, to get his photo of the osprey.
He said: 'This location near the city of Tampere is arguably the best spot on earth to photograph this behaviour.
'Twelve hours per day in the hide produced this image on the second day.'