Posts tagged “Insects

Small Things (Two Photographs)

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In shooting small things it’s not always easy to show scale. Most people have run into a Ladybug, so scale is not an issue. However few have seen a Midge up close and on its own, as shown here, its size is hard to guess. In fact it’s less than half the size of the Ladybug, but there is really nothing to show size. Not sure how I could have remedied that but it’s a useful consideration when taking a macro photograph to try to find some means of illustrating this perspective.


A Painted Lady Butterfly (Three Photographs)

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This butterfly posed for a portrait and I must say I was impressed by its forbearance, even though I was some distance away with my 200-500mm lens. The quality of this Nikon lens is amazing. I have more of these butterflies and their shenanigans coming. Nothing like a beautiful butterfly to brighten the day!


A Bee Mimic Fly (Two Photographs)

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This fly just stared me down, the sun was shining on its eyes, but nothing seemed to bother it. This does not happen often but sometimes insects will just stand their ground, why I have no idea. But it certainly makes it easier to get a portrait. The second photo gives you a sense of scale and how close or cropped the photo must be to get the results in the first photo.


A Bee and a Few Words on Detail (Three Photographs)

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I was not sure these photos would work because distinguishing the bee from the flower looked difficult. One of the tools I use is a sort of sharpening that is called tonal balance (NIK’s name or “Even Balance” in MacPhun Intensity CK). It’s surprising how a little change makes a difference in bringing the subject out of the background. Another trick is to shoot up at the bee. As bees tend to bury themselves in their work,  finding ways to get good shots with some flowers can be a challenge.


A Dragonfly (Two Photographs)

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I was bemoaning the fact that I had not had much of a chance to photograph the larger dragonflies like the Darner this year, when this beauty came along and alighted right in front of my lens. I had to back up to get focus and take a shot. At which point it took off (the noise of my shutter?) Most of the time it’s impossible to guess what you will see in a forest or reserve, but sometimes wishes come true.


More Painted Ladies and Some Comments (Three Photographs)

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The internet is a treasure trove of materials on photography, free and paid. The advice may be good or bad but it’s all worth considering. That said, as I read into subjects that I have experience with, the temptation to comment is nearly overwhelming if only because there are a myriad of opinions and ways of doing things. There is no accounting for taste as they say. So when a recent article addressed photographing butterflies I held my counsel (even ignoring the fact that some of the photos were of moths not butterflies).  I realize that the suggestions on this blog are just that and are not always the only way to do things. The three photographs here represent some of the most common types of shots of butterflies. I prefer the first, but others may differ and that is one of reasons approaches to photography are so diverse.


A Dragonfly (Two Photographs)

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Of the thirteen photos I took of this dragonfly only a few were sharp enough in my view to be useful. I was never going to get everything perfect, I was using a telephoto and not a macro lens.  The isolation of the insect caught my eye.