Love Bugs (Three Photographs)

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I can use this title because we call them ladybugs but in fact they are beetles not bugs and as we can see from these photographs, they are not all ladies.

Love Bugs-2

Love Bugs-3

10 responses

  1. Hi, Victor. These are great!
    I know that you are not so keen to talk about equipment. For you it is the light, and composition and the final image that are important – and long may it be so.
    But I would be interested to know what camera and lens combination you use for your shots. Not for every posting – because that is not what you do – and I don’t want to change anything. But maybe just for this set of images – the camera and lens combo?
    Thanks – and keep up the good work.
    Regards, John


    October 18, 2014 at 3:15 am

    • Not a problem. I used a Nikon d7100 with a 105mm d (not the VR, I have both and the VR is not great).The camera was on manual F9 and 1/250th The Flash was set at 1/8th power. My Lastolite Ezybox diffuser has a lot of material in it, so any other configuration would need a lot less power. Hope this helps and if not ask away. My secret is that when in the field I only adjust the Fstop rarely to F9 usually F11-14. 1/250th is the fastest shutter speed that flash synch at before high speed flash and that involves continual flashing and does not help macro. Cameras with less than 1/250th synch pose a problem, it should be higher.


      October 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

  2. Wonderful captures of subjects that are not as easy to photograph as some might think. Depth of field is a huge issue and I’ve found that I can’t use too slow a shutter speed because these subjects are not exactly stationary. Add to that the fact that the shells are so reflective, it’s tough enough to photograph these ladybugs individually and the issues are magnified when there are two of them. It’s fascinating to see how the spot patterns seem so different for the male and the female of this couple.


    October 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

    • Thanks, I know you appreciate the challenges and fun of overcoming them.


      October 18, 2014 at 9:50 am

  3. Pat

    Fantastic focus on the tiny subjects.


    October 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  4. Not only is this a great photos, but the title made me chuckle. Very nice!


    October 18, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  5. David

    Nice captures. I have a new Sigma 105mm macro I’ve been using all summer and I have been hoping to get some photos of the ladybugs myself. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I enjoy it very much


    October 19, 2014 at 12:14 am

    • Would like to try the Sigma 105, they say its very good. Finding the lady bugs is one thing, the other is getting them to stay still or move slowly (or not fly off). You sort of have to anticipate where they are headed. Thanks and good luck.


      October 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

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