Acrobat

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When not motoring at speed among the vegetation, Ladybugs can make for great subjects. As beetles go they seem to be one of the fastest in our region when they get their steam up. This specimen seemed to enjoy hanging upside down and I saw it in a number of spots before capturing it in a photograph.

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  1. remarkable nature

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    November 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

  2. Okay Victor I look at these image in awe, how do you set up for a macro and get the bug to be so cooperative?

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    November 21, 2014 at 2:08 am

    • I shoot mostly hand-held, with my 105d lens, and a Nikon SB-900 flash in a soft box by Lastolite (8X8 inches). As a starting point the flash is on 1/8th power. It has the capability of stopping motion, but the maximum flash sync speed on D7100 is 120th of second, high speed flash means multiple flashes and potential movement. With an insects like this you have to sort anticipate where its going (most beetles like ladybugs are in constant motion or will be if they sense you). It’s the last part that is key understanding where things will be when you take the picture. In post I use what I can to highlight detail. I use a tripod and focusing rail on subjects that are more sedentary than beetles (e.g. Ambush Bugs). Hope this helps.

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      November 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      • It does help Victor, thanks for taking the time to explain it. I should have my own macro lens in about two weeks.

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        November 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

  3. This a fine shot, Victor. The unusual angle makes it stand out.

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    November 21, 2014 at 3:37 am

    • Thanks. If I could I would shoot more insects, but the season is short.

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      November 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  4. Nelson

    Unusual angle and really beautiful

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    November 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

  5. Fantastic perspective and uncanny detail!!

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    November 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

  6. Lovely composition and I love how she is looking right at us.

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    November 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    • Thanks, it used to be insect portraits were frowned on. But they are now doing them in the lab along with the more clinical dorsal and side view shots. I am not a scientist so I go for the looks 🙂

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      November 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  7. Bonus aphids (a ladybug’s favorite meal) in the background too! 🙂

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    November 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

    • Thanks. I will take your word for it, I thought they were buds.

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      November 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      • Yeah those blurry red spots are very likely aphids, kind of with their butts in the air, a typical posture. Not surprising to see a ladybug around. I’ve got some end of season shots of aphids on goldenrod that I might put up (aphids aren’t my favorite subject though, lol).

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        November 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

  8. Great shot!

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    November 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  9. Having read your answer to leanne I now understand…not really ut have a great deal, of appreciation and admiration of this particular ladybug !! : )) trees

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    November 22, 2014 at 12:33 am

    • Thanks. Macro is something you should try, even with a non macro lens, just get close.

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      November 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  10. Pat

    A wonderful shot.

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    November 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

  11. Upside down in that great composition makes me like this shot a lot. Must have been tough standing on your head:)

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    November 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

  12. Wonderfully captured

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    November 25, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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