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Stephen Dalton photographs hummingbirds in his dining room and rats in his barn, creating extraordinary images of ordinary creatures. He does all this on his farm in England.
Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton photographs hummingbirds in his dining room and rats in his barn, creating extraordinary images of ordinary creatures. He does all this on his farm in England.
His obsession with insects, flight, and photography was set at an early age. His father, who was in the Royal Air Force, was a bird photographer, and his godfather collected butterflies, moths, and beetles. His first camera was a box Brownie that he took into the garden, pushing the lens to within an inch or two of insect after insect, with predictable results. "The totally blurred impressions made my first lesson in the limits of photographic equipment shattering and indelible," he said.
Dalton and an electronics wizard designed flash units that were as fast as 1/25000 of a second yet powerful enough to expose slow film at f/16 at a life-size reproduction ratio. The insect would then be in focus, and the motion of its wings would be stopped. Dalton also devised a seven-foot-long flight tunnel to accommodate insects of various sizes.