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Caterpillar on Nasturtium leaf

By tracykelly  
My second attempt at shooting with Macro. This time I used a tripod as it was a very windy day.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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20 Aug 2009 11:11AM
Kelly it is not a true macro and it can not give you life size image(1:1). but whatever you have done with this one is appreciable. i also donot have any such lens so i can not help you in this regard.

compositionally i can tell you that you could have included the whole body of the caterpillar rather cutting it from the back side, may be it would have been possible to include the whole body giving space to the front to move if you had placed it completely diagonally. and the spot at the leaf has a little distraction on the subject, you could have cloned it out.

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tracykelly 8 1 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2009 11:31AM
Thanks for the advice. Yes its not true Macro 1:1, think my lens is 1:2. But still its a big learning curve for me.
Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2009 7:23PM
I agree with above about the whole body being included however i belive that using a tripod limited you too much ,if wind is a problem try using a blocker then you have more freedom to move around. Also this way the little hole could have been ignored as you could take a low angle shot. I hope this will help you.
tracykelly 8 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 6:55AM
Hi Adderwatcher - thanks for the advice. What is a blocker?
Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 7:06AM
Hi, Basicly a blocker is anything to block the wind ,a piece of wood ,strong fabic or whatever. you can fix it into the ground or just prop it up. I just use abit of ply wood. Alot of people use them to photograph flowers (long stalk ones like daisies) but they work well on mini beasts too. If you are out and about even your coat or a convient person will do. I only ever use tripods for flying insects or in a studio as they just limit you too much. Anyway hope that makes sense.

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