Here to "Bug" You Again! :)

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Here to "Bug" You Again! :)

Here's some shots I got this weekend.

#1 Nikon 60mm macro, 1/640, f/3.5, ISO 400
Hippodamia convergens - Friends of mine ordered a package of ladybugs to eat the aphids in their garden. Despite my friend putting them in the fridge beforehand, these little buggers were fast moving and hard to shoot!

#2 Nikon 60mm macro, 1/500, f/5, ISO 400
Garden slug--not sure of species (Amy?) This is a common slug that my son found under a rock. It was about 1/2 inch long. It preferred the dark and kept moving to the underside of the leaf. I used the on-camera flash for this one. Are the white, shiny spots objectionable. I almost never use the flash, but I kind of like this shot.

#3 Nikon 60mm macro, 1/640, f/5, ISO 400
A teeny-tiny snail--it easily fit on half of my pinkie fingernail.

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Cool Smile I do like the sparkly-ness on your (three-banded garden) slug! I love the comp and focus on that one too, and the DOF.

#1 is pretty too, maybe just a bit too much yellow for me, and too centered maybe. But hey like you said they are SO fast it's challenging enough! Smile

Not sure what kind of snail that is.

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Those are great! I also kind of like the "sparkly" quality to the slug. The ladybug's shell is so clear and sharp, it's fantastic.

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Cute bugs! I was just thinking yesterday about photographing bugs... My mom surprised me with an awesome macro lens for Christmas and I'd like to try it out on some bugs, but can't get over my phobia! I never come across cute little bugs like these though... Only giant spiders, and yesterday... A stink bug!

I don't think I would've thought to put them in the fridge to slow them down before shooting them, haha... That's good to know!

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Thanks for the ID on the slug, Amy! I'll play around with the yellow on the first photo to see what I get. The ladybug was closer to orange than red.

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"marymoonu" wrote:

Cute bugs! I was just thinking yesterday about photographing bugs... My mom surprised me with an awesome macro lens for Christmas and I'd like to try it out on some bugs, but can't get over my phobia! I never come across cute little bugs like these though... Only giant spiders, and yesterday... A stink bug!

I don't think I would've thought to put them in the fridge to slow them down before shooting them, haha... That's good to know!

Enjoy the new lens, especially now that lots of plants and flowers are in bloom!

Just wanted to also clarify that my friends put the ladybugs in the fridge per the company's recommendation. I would never do that for a photoshoot. Smile

Ladybugs like to be cool, plus it's supposed to help encourage them to stay put and not fly away. People use them as a nonchemical form of pest control, but it can be challenging to keep them in the garden.

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LOL! I was gonna ask how long to refrigerate them without hurting them, hahahaha.

I can't wait to get outside and practice with my "new" macro lens with flowers and bugs... Wish we'd get a day without T-storms. I say "new" because I've had it since Christmas, but haven't had a chance to do a lot with it yet.

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"marymoonu" wrote:

LOL! I was gonna ask how long to refrigerate them without hurting them, hahahaha.

I wonder if child and family services would frown on using this method for preschoolers as well?! Biggrin

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I LOVE #2! Awesome!

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