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Ladybirds Mating.

By paulbroad  
Taken a few days ago. Some cloning out of dead over lit grass stems and a small crop. Closest focusing distance on 150mm Sigma so well in excess of 1:1 with the 1.6 factor. EOS 7D with 150mm Sigma - manual focus, small but sturdy tripod. 1/30 @ f18. ISO200. No flash this time - plenty of sun and the tripod.

Shot whilst actually shooting HD video of them with he 7D - the quality is stunning and several libraries now accept HD video. I am getting almost 100% video clip acceptances - much better than stills.


Tags: Macro Still Ladybird Video Mate Wildlife and nature



saeidNL 13 3 Netherlands
2 Apr 2012 11:18PM
Lovely capture,
mhfore 16 8 176 England
3 Apr 2012 3:29PM

I know this is what they do and I know this is how it was, but I feel they might fall off so I have cropped some of the left and rotated it into portriat. Also after making a copy in blend options I applied "Overlay" and reduced it to 48% then erased the effect from everywhere other than the Ladybirds. Overlay makes the light tones lighter and the dark tones darker, basically, it softly boosts the contrast.

paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 4:12PM
I can see why you have done that. They were actually as recorded, (Don't seem to mind which way up they are!) - but look more stable rotated - the green in the background then looks a little wrong though?

aeras 11 6 Cyprus
3 Apr 2012 6:17PM
What I would do to improve this is to use a black cloth,paper,bag etc and hide all the fuss that goes on in the background , isolating your subject from all the distractions. Also reduse the contrast by using something like a white naylon , b2in the sun and your subject.

12 6.1k 130 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 9:09PM
Although in many ways I am somewhat inept at providing a critique, but I personally would have liked less detail in the background in order to direct my roving eyes towards centre stage. Some people refer to the 'bokeh' effect or 'blur' which can be achieved by using a larger aperture which will produce less depth of field. A fixed focal length lens who almost certainly do the trick. I hope my advice is of some use. Always remember the Larger the aperture i.e.: f/1.4 equates to less depth of field (dof), and the Smaller the aperture i.e.: f/22 or even higher to f/32 will result in more dof.

Regards Nathan
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 8:26AM
The 150mm Sigma is a fixed focal length lens and the ladybirds are about 3 cm from the background, which is moss! You could set this up quite easily with such insects as ladybirds - just simply move them of course - depends if the result is required natural or contrived.

Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 12:53PM
This should be classed as an "Adult" image.

paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2012 7:59AM
I trust you jest!

great shot most unusual good colours

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