An Unfortunate Beetle (Two Photographs) and a Few More Words on Macro
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This is one of the flea beetle family (Disonycha pensylvanica). Like all beetles its carapace divides to free its wings, and if you look closely you will see that one of the wings is damaged. I have not processed the more dramatic of the pictures where the injury is clear, as they are not photogenic. Flea beetles are tiny and in general are pests of most plant life. Some eat weeds and flea beetles have been introduced to take care of the problem. This was the first time I saw one of these beetles so I stuck with it for a while. I am always hoping to see something rare, but so far my collection of insect photography only includes common species. With respect to macro, the lighting here is artificial and you will note that the background is darker than the foreground. This is one aspect of light fall-off and if the greenery were only an inch further away, the background would have gone to black. In cases like this, opening the shadows in post-processing will bring back some but not all of the background and it will be noisy. There are solutions other people use for this, including two flashes, a piece of paper in the background etc. I can live with a black background once in a while if the foreground is interesting.