What to Wear to the Macro Party
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You get some interesting questions and comments when you blog
Where did you find this, how did you do that, I want to take a shot of that, be careful of this or that.
I appreciate the comments and questions and try to respond to them directly, but one stood out and deserves a longer response, if only for the humor of it all.
Suffering from arachnophobia or more properly entomophobia all of my life it may seem strange to now be taking macro shots of some nasty little critters. Having it explained to me why most critters might not bite me or how, I might, avoid being bitten has abated my fears. This sage advice was don’t bug them and let them go about their business.
For me what works is wearing a big floppy hat, rain pants, gaiters, long sleeves and to a very small degree deet. I even have, but have not used, a mosquito shield in the form of a hat. Deet, it should be notes dissolves the plastic of your camera so you have to be very careful with it.
Thankfully no picture can fully capture this extreme costume along with my macro rig. On the other hand this description of the precautions I take responds to one of my readers who suggested I add a caution about deer ticks. Deer ticks are only one of the things you need to worry about, there are a ton of potential nasty’s out there from stings to Poison Ivy. But like most things, while the odds are in your favor; exercising caution is a good thing, take it from an “expert”.
The ambush bug above (a true bug) gives a nasty injection, I am told its harmless but I do not intend to get anywhere near enough to find out!