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By cymru2019
I was out for a walk in the Northwich Woodlands and looking for photographic opportunities to take shots of butterflies. Whilst I was there I saw this Beetle head first into a flower looking for something juicy.

Tags: Wildlife General Beetle Insect close up Northwich

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6 Aug 2019 3:49PM
Well spotted and captured David,

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6 Aug 2019 3:52PM
Thanks Fred! David
mac Plus
18 2 Scotland
6 Aug 2019 4:20PM
Good capture especially getting it with that background.
6 Aug 2019 4:25PM
Thanks Ian for your kind comments! David
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 8:35PM
a great capture David
A great capture David. Clarity and colour superb. Pam
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 8:52PM
I've enlarged this and actually no part of the beetle is fully sharp on my screen. The shutter speed should be fast enough so I suspect focus in the first place, Wee you using auto focus or manual by moving th camera? I would have been at f16 to f18 - no problem with a macro lens designed to perform well a small apertures, and either macro flash or flash with diffuser on extension cable.

6 Aug 2019 9:21PM
Lillian and Pam, thanks for your kind comments. Paul, the data accompanying this shot shows what settings I had on at the time, including autofocus,apart from the settings of A1 Servo and High Continuous shooting. I meant to shoot this at F5.6, ISO 800, which would have netted me a much higher shutter speed with shallower depth of field to concentrate the viewer more onto the insect. My next upload will be of a bee on a similar plant which will also record the data relative to the shot. Also have a look on my portfolio and look at the butterfly shots I have submitted and look at that data as well please. I am still at a early learning stage of taking shots of insects and any advice you wish to give either publicly, or on a private message, will be extremely welcomed. If you can manage to send me a message by Wednesday evening would be excellent as my next photography visit to the Northwich Woodlands is on Thursday morning. David
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 10:18AM
There's not much I can add. Sharpness in macro is mandatory on the correct area. shallow depth of field tends to produce more pictorial images, good depth of field is more for technical purposes - getting as much as possible sharp. I use f16 to f18 as standard - sometimes f22. Even then, at 1: 1, depth of field will be a few millimetre

you need critically sharp focus on the main parts of the insect - usually the head. Some use auto focus - some prefer to set manual focus and move he camera. I use both depending on subject. A stated, I also rarely use ambient light - macro flash gives the required low IS, fast shutter speed and small aperture.

Lighting is all or macro.

7 Aug 2019 10:37AM
Thanks for that Paul! David
7 Aug 2019 9:04PM
Well spotted David..Lin
7 Aug 2019 9:09PM
Thanks Lin. David

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