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A lovely Bug

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:15 pm
by pop511
Saw this to what I can only describe as a beetle walking on a loose brick in my back yard. The colours absolutely floored me.
So I ran inside and took out my trusty Canon with a 85mm prime.
Attached 36mm and 20mm Kenko lens extenders and went to work, but soon realised that I needed to add the 12mm extender as well.
Being the novice that I am I tried auto focus, but quickly found that manual is better.
So what other errors did I make?
Set aperture too wide. I used between 5 and 8F
I should have kept it above 11F

Size of the beetle 5-7mm
1/2 - 9/16 in

Pictures cropped

Maybe next time I'll get it right!! :D :D
Have fun:

Re: A lovely Bug

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:27 pm
by PietFrancke
nice - I like that first shot especially. Greater DOF is standard, but I kind of like where you have it.

Re: A lovely Bug

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:47 pm
by Psjunkie
all above my pay grade but I like the shots anyway

Re: A lovely Bug

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:46 pm
by minniev
I like him, and he is more artistic with only the fore parts in tight focus. When the entire bug is in focus, photos resemble a science textbook. This is better!

Re: A lovely Bug

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:11 am
by pop511
Agree Minnie. I could have stuck it with a pin to stop it moving, but it would have shouted out in pain!.. :D :D

Re: A lovely Bug

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:44 am
by Duck
Finding the right field of focus on something this small is very tricky indeed. Like others, I think you found a nice compromise between showing the right amount of detail and creating an artistic presentation. As anyone who has done macro work would understand, a slight breath forward or back during the shutter click will drastically change the image. I think you did a fine job with both these but I'll cast my vote for the first one being the stronger of the two as well. :D :thumbup: