Macro: Comfort Level (Two Photographs)

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When I talk about insect photography I get asked about two things: how close can I focus on my subject, and my comfort level in terms of how close I can get physically to insects that bite or sting. There are two answers. The first is with the increase in megapixels, a 20plus megabyte camera is quite sufficient to permit cropping close to a hundred percent and makes the magnification of the lens less important, especially in the case of close-up photography. The second is the length of your lens. The thing to keep in mind is working distance, the distance between you and your subject. The longer the lens the greater the working distance, a 105mm lens will give significantly more than a 60mm lens or 50mm lens especially if they are reversed. A greater working distance can raise comfort levels for you and your subject. Caveat: nothing stops the bee from deciding to fly in your direction, though in practice this has happened to me only once.


13 responses

  1. Lovely detail in those little fellas. I’m enjoying dipping in to your blog from time to time. Regards. Dave


    October 31, 2016 at 4:06 am

  2. I love looking over the details in each of these photos, the threaded wings, the red eyes and tail, the dried leaf. Nice!


    October 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm

  3. fantastic


    October 31, 2016 at 3:56 pm

  4. Brilliant!!!! I think this is my favorite from you! The first one especially has a lot of impact.


    October 31, 2016 at 7:48 pm

  5. Awesome macros!


    October 31, 2016 at 9:01 pm

  6. i love macro..nature in detail..!!


    October 31, 2016 at 10:34 pm

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