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By Xenphoto    
First real attempt at some insect macro photography. Not the best effort, not the sharpest of photos, but this little guy stayed for around 20 mins while I papped him!

Tags: Nature Macro Moth Insect Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Armakk, mistere, Bogwoppett

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18 Jun 2014 10:29AM
he stuck around for 20 minutes! That's some serious papping ! I wish my insect subjects stuck around for that long. Usually they're off before I've looked at the viewfinder!
I'd usually recommend getting good focus on the eyes. Apart from the psychology of your observers (that's us monkeys) wanting to see focussed eyes, they're fascinating anyway because they're intricate compound eyes and often display patterns and coloured reflections/diffraction.
If you have a spot meter on your camera, assign the focus to it (and use the spot meter to get accurate exposure readings too). Failing that see if you can choose an option where the focus is in the centre of the view.
Most cameras allow you to press the shutter halfway where the camera will autofocus.
So point the lens so that the part of the subject you want to be in focus is in the center, press and hold the shutter button halfway so it focusses, then position the image the way you want it (called re-framing), and complete the pressing of the button to take the picture.
Some cameras have a "continuous focus" option. This should be turned off because the camera will re-focus when you re-frame.

otherwise see what you can do to increase the depth of field without sacrificing shutter speed and noise too much. (higher iso = more noise).

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
23 Jun 2014 5:08PM
Steve - as, I believe, the supplier of the lens, that may not quite work: it's a pre-AF lens. Strictly manual focus...

A patient model always helps, though - as I know you know, and know Xenphoto does. (Having once had me in the viewfinder, al lthe errors of mankind are known. Especially the fashion crimes of photographers!)

My suggestion is to up the ISO a bit, and stop down the aperture a bit... Though, again, using a manual lens on an adaptor means the EXIF data shown here is misleading!
Xenphoto 10 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2014 11:03AM
Lol! Thanks for your well thought out critique and advice, Steve Smile But I'm afraid John is right - the Exif data is very misleading. I'm using an old manual focus macro lens with an adapter to fit on an old olympus micro 4/3rds. One of the reasons I don't normally photograph insects is it's near impossible to focus manually fast enough, though having a screen rather than just a view finder as on my nikon d70 is a blessing!

If i ever get another chance i'll try to remember the iso advice Smile

The moth was amazingly patient, even stayed when the farmer drove next to it.

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