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.