Dave (from the former Hambo Central) forwarded me an article
featuring high speed photographs by photographer, Scott Linstead.
I was so blown away, I just had to share them with you.
I know my photog blog buddies will be especially intrigued!
to see more photos, there is a link at the end of the post
I know this photo is somewhat grotesque, but at the same time, extremely fascinating. I did a bit of research to figure out exactly what Scott captured here and how a chameleon catches its prey.
from wikipedia ....
Chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth. The tongue extends out faster than human eyes can follow, at around 26 body lengths per second. The tongue hits the prey in about 30 thousandths of a second. The tongue of the chameleon is a complex arrangement of bone, muscle and sinew. At the base of the tongue there is a bone and this is shot forward giving the tongue the initial momentum it needs to reach the prey quickly. At the tip of the elastic tongue there is a muscular, club-like structure covered in thick mucus that forms a suction cup. Once the tip sticks to a prey item, it is drawn quickly back into the mouth, where the chameleon's strong jaws crush it and it is consumed.
about this high speed photographer....Photographer Scott Linstead, 33, goes to extraordinary lengths to capture pictures in which creatures appear frozen in time. The former teacher spends up to a week arranging the lighting and phototraps which trigger the camera and flash. The human eye and reaction speed on the shutter release button are rarely quick enough to take the photos manually.
To see 11 more of Scott's amazing photos click here: Scott Linstead
and before I close this post
I would like to direct you over to a new blog.
there isn't too much there just yet
but I know she would love to have you stop by and say hi
she's a close blog friend and i love all her work
she's a writer who has just recently become hooked on photography
her new blog will focus more on her photography
so please stop by and show her some love!