A Fly walked into a bar…
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I found a Daddy Longlegs, also known as a Harvestman, in some tall plants. There was no angle that would allow me to get a great picture of it. When a fly came into the picture, I figured we would have some drama but none followed.
While this may be an entirely arbitrary situation of two insects passing each other by, it’s the tension and anticipation that creates impact.
In terms of technique, the flash stopped any motion and helped define the shadows.
Technical note on Extension tubes:
Whenever I go out to shoot macro, I take my extension tubes. These fit between your lens and camera. In using them you lose a little light, and the ability to focus at infinity, but you reduce the minimal focus distance of your lens allowing you to get closer. The tubes I use come in 12, 24, and 36 mm lengths. You can combine them for a total of 72mm and depending on the make of tubes the electronics, including autofocus and light meter may continue to work (I use Kenko tubes and they work perfectly).
Most of the time I use the 24mm tube handheld. Anything more and I need a tripod. With all macro set ups there is a trade-off between distance from your subject and magnification. How close you can get dictates the magnification but there is only so close you want to get to some creatures, hence most macro insect photographers use the longer telephoto lenses 105 to 200mm.
Be sure to buy extension tubes that have the contacts for your camera and permit both focusing and metering.
There are ways of getting greater magnification, but from my experience tubes work very well and have the highest quality. They are not overly expensive and are relatively easy to use for macro photography.