A Lateral View

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I try to keep up with new ideas in macro photography and I read a lot of guides and tips. Many say that for maximum use of depth of field you should shoot the insect side on to get the insect entirely in focus. Now in my example, the damselfly was not entirely cooperative, having at the last second turned its head away from me. There must have been something on the other side that distracted it. The lateral view is not my favorite, but I can appreciate that like the dorsal view (top down) it has its role in scientific classification. When you do try to get lateral views of long insects you might have other depth of field issues, such as how much of the leaf needs to be in focus. But coming back to the advice to take lateral shots,  I believe it’s rather poor advice, as a lateral view is seldom as interesting as focusing on an insect doing something interesting.

12 responses

  1. I agree. All the best wildlife photos are of the creature doing somthing.

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    March 3, 2016 at 1:54 am

  2. And I agree as well. It’s the difference between an accurate botanical record shot, and a great photograph.
    I’ll have the great photograph any day!

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    March 3, 2016 at 3:03 am

  3. nice shot.


    March 3, 2016 at 3:28 am

  4. People could learn so much about nature by looking at your photos

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    March 3, 2016 at 4:57 am

  5. love the colors


    March 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

  6. Love how the slow slope of the leaf echoes the long shape of the bug!


    March 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

  7. This photo does show its gorgeous turquoise color and the sun illuminating its wings quite well, however.


    March 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm

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