ON THE WING
The exhibition "Insects on the wing" is now displayed at the Harmas of Jean-Henri Fabre, the house of the famous entomogolist. Discover how insects have developed efficient flight techniques. Their wings are a perfect compromise between solidity, rigidity, bending, weight....
HARMAS J.H. FABRE
Ghislain decided to work again on insects that made him discover the world of insects with his father, butterflies collector. Since late 2017, new pictures of butterflies on the wing are being made. In 2018 and 2019, the project "Flying Flowers" becomes a reality as the photo library fills.
Ghislain Simard has developed special photographic techniques designed to freeze the fastest action of the insect world . He worked with the Hasselblad design department in Sweden to develop a hyper reactive camera and is equipped with special high-voltage flash units that allow a exposure time of only 1/111,000s ! "Speed Flyers" is the result of the use of this equipment during five years in many French regions.
Thanks to their brightness and pin sharp pictures, the new 4K televisions allow a direct view of the original image, on very large displays, and provide the same rendering than slides during the analog film age.
The human eye is incapable of seeing the wonders that nature has created in turning dragonflies into real aerial acrobats. We are totally unable to see their synchronised wing-beats as they’re simply too fast.
As they spend a large part of their lives in the air, butterflies are the flying flowers of nature! However, the aerial acrobatics of butterflies are so fast that it is not possible to observe them with our eyes.
He have discovered the world of high-speed photography in the Book "Caught in Motion" written by the English photographer Stephen Dalton. It was in the middle of the eighties, and it changed my photographic work for ever.