An unreliable memoir

Never Work With Children or Myriapods

White-legged Snake Millipede

I’ve shown White-legged Snake Millipedes before, but I’ve got no problem doing it again for several reasons. First and foremost, I like them. But being shiny, they’re also quite a good test of my new X-ray Diffraction Argon Laser Quantum Diffuser. Thanks to my almost magical design skills, the diffusing bit worked quite well. But there was a problem – bloody biology! Getting enough light to focus at high magnification meant that the millipede froze – good for focus stacking – but in a rather unnatural pose. When I turned the light off, it resumed normal behaviour, but was moving too fast to get more than one frame off, so no focus stacking. Never work with children – ever. And while we’re at it, never work with Myriapods either.

In the end I couldn’t decide which shot I like best, so you’re getting the 2 image stack above and the 8 image stack below.

White-legged Snake Millipede, Tachypodoiulus niger. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm+68mm f8 1/250 ISO 100

White-legged Snake Millipede

2 responses

  1. Both are very nice indeed! 🙂


    November 24, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    • AJ Cann

      Thank you!


      November 25, 2015 at 2:12 am