A Weevil (Two Photographs and a few Words on Close-up/Macro Photography)
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I believe this is a common weevil, Polydrusus sericus, hard to find given its coloring. I got a few shots before it ran off. I had no chance for test shots so there were some blown out parts that needed repair in Photoshop. The use of flash is tricky and often it would be far more pleasing to the eye to shoot without it. We need it to stop motion and for fill-light in close-up photography. Natural looking flash needs a lot of diffusion and sometimes even that fails and we get hot spots. Diffusion does what it says, spreads the light, softens it and reduces its severity. There are so many DIY and commercial ways to diffuse light but a soft box is my favorite approach. With respect to the weevil, had it not been moving, I would have missed it against the green background. I was lucky to have learned early on that the edges of paths are the best place to look for insects; even moving slowly you will miss an enormous number of insects but a few will stand out. The fields are full of them, but like the little birds you hear but cannot find, insects are camouflaged, crafty and exist in vastly greater numbers than you would guess.