Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Grasshopper Nymph on Rose

It was getting late and as I was heading to throw a pizza on the grill (grilled pizza on a stone is awesome and best of all it doesn't make your house all hot) I spotted this Grasshopper Nymph hanging out inside a rose. Realizing that I would get beats if Kim came home and caught me goofing off with the camera rather than getting dinner ready, I had about 15 minutes to get all the stuff set up and grab the shot. It was a really difficult shot to get because the nymph was extremely small, requiring extensions tubes even with a 1:1 macro lens (I so need to get my hands on the 65mm MP-E) and it was a little windy making focusing and getting a sharp shot really difficult. At these magnifications I've usually relied on taking on multiple shots and focus stacking to get a good image. However due to the wind, it wasn't going to work in this case. Anyway, its not a bad picture, but it could definitely be better.

Technical Specs: Canon 1D3, 180mm macro + 72mm of extension, f/18, 1/200s, ISO 800, MT-24ex fired.


Michael said...

I think that is a pretty cool shot. I like how translucent the grasshopper is. I've tried to shoot bugs on flowers in windy conditions before, and every time I've simply given up. ;)

Aravind Krishnaswamy said...

Thanks Mike. I've seen people have a clamp that comes out and holds the flower steady (attached to the tripod) before too.