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Aug 16, 2015 03:05 |  #1

Ladybirds for those of you from the land of perpetually overcast skies :) I may have posted one of these images already, can't remember. But now that I've edited a second frame from that photo session I'm posting them together. The hardest aspect of shooting mating ladybugs is not laughing when the male wiggles his backside -gonna have to work out the lighting so I can film it...

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand heldly
Technique: I'm holding on to the leaf they are on with my left hand, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. Then I went looking for an angle that would let me get as much in focus as possible -both of their leading eyes have to be in focus. The tricky part is that the female kept moving and wouldn't sit still for long. I used artificial flowers to keep the background from being black.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/vzzB​MU  (external link) Mating Ladybugs (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/wsWP​H4  (external link) Mating Ladybugs II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Aug 16, 2015 03:59 |  #2

Nice use of background flowers.


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Aug 16, 2015 10:08 |  #3

Great light,and focal plane,John.


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Aug 17, 2015 08:22 |  #4

Thanks Toby and Denis :-)


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