An Assassin Bug (Three Photographs) and a Word on Reality
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These true bugs’ main diet is made up of aphids and other small insects. I am impressed by people who can get photographs of insects in the wild without flaws, surrounded by a perfect background etc. I assume it is easier in tended gardens, but in the forest there will always be some detritus and other elements that make the photos less than “clean”. It also amazes me that some photographers get greater depth of field without the softening effect of diffraction. On the detritus, it’s probably more luck than anything but on the depth of field I suspect it is the quality and length of the lens. With bugs like this I take it for granted that not all the antennae will be sharp and that the leaf will have some junk on it. Think assassin in a dark alley, as opposed to the Waldorf-Astoria.