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Old 2012-01-01, 19:04   Link #569
Ledgem
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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Northeast USA
Age: 32
Very impressive, Drake. The way you set that shot up looks like a professional product placement photo.

The nice thing about insect macros is that you don't really need to find an interesting insect. When you're that close, all insects become interesting. Even if it's a bug you see every day, it looks so different when it's up close.

I also find that lighting can bring out some interesting details on insects. Here are two examples.

This small fly appears to be a bluish color when in sunlight, but otherwise looks fairly plain. When illuminated by a flash and viewed up close, its legs appear to be a sort of golden color:


Form with Function by Velocity of Sound, on Flickr

Then there's my favorite example. The following photo is a stinkbug (brown marmorated stinkbug). This is an invasive species that was introduced to the USA about 13 years ago, apparently, and is originally from China. If you've ever seen one (or if you look at a regular photo of one), it looks rather bland. It's a plain brown color, with no particular colors. However, up close and under the flash, take a look:


The Unsung Prince by Velocity of Sound, on Flickr

Aside from looking a bit lighter and bearing brown speckles, there are tiny red and green iridescent "spots" along the main body. It's almost as if it's encrusted in jewels. Who would have thought that an insect that looks so plain to the eye actually has such beautiful features?

The joys of insect macro photography!
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