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Old 12th of May 2010 (Wed)   #1
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Default Probably a really dumb question, but....

I am intriqued by the macro shots of insects and find them all amazing---but my question is--how did you get the bug to be still? Or are you able to just shoot really fast?
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Old 12th of May 2010 (Wed)   #2
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Default Re: Probably a really dumb question, but....

lucky, cold, shoot fast, shoot a gazillion shots. Pick one.....
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Old 12th of May 2010 (Wed)   #3
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Default Re: Probably a really dumb question, but....

Luck mostly. Some insects really don't mind people as long as you move slowly and don't make sudden movements (this is true for a lot of birds as well). Spiders and flies are good subjects that don't mind a human presence.

How people get good pictures of ants is another story. I have had zero luck with ants so far. Might have to start baiting them with sugar water.
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Default Re: Probably a really dumb question, but....

Often a question of watching your target subject for a while to see how it behaves and then moving in carefully. If bugs are occupied with something - eating, blowing bubbles, mating etc they are a lot easier to approach. Same is true if they are cold eg early in the morning (not the fridge !).
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Default Re: Probably a really dumb question, but....

Cold weather is a big help. Sucks for those of us living in the tropics, 99% of the insects are buzzing around constantly. Spiders in webs are obviously very easy. Sometimes flies are just pre-occupied, like stated, even to the point where a lens <5cm from them and a flash going off doesn't concern them. Moths are easy targets too.

I think I have a special understanding with a wasp in my backyard So far it has let me take many photos within a few cm, I guess it has figured out that I'm not going to touch its nest.
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what they said and being patient
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I think I have a special understanding with a wasp in my backyard So far it has let me take many photos within a few cm, I guess it has figured out that I'm not going to touch its nest.
HA HA HA!!!! Thats funny! Be one with the wasp grasshopper!
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