Rose explorer (a tiny bee explores a rose in my garden)
Macro is one of my favourite modes of photography, particularly when the subject is mini-beasts. Perhaps with this subject more than any other, photography has revealed to me a secret world. I try to find points of view that create the impression of seeing the macro landscape as an insect might. My subjects are photographed in natural light, as I find them. I will never move them or otherwise deliberately interfere in their behaviour. I certainly will not immobilise them by putting them in the fridge as many photographers do! If they fly/crawl away before I get my shot, then so be it; it’s part of the challenge. I prefer to show insects interacting with their environment rather than zooming in really close for a ‘scientific’ style of shot.
My family find it strange that I photograph bugs as I used to be afraid of them. Could another benefit of photography be phobia busting? (But I am still afraid of spiders – don’t tell!)
Wow this photo is just so beautiful…i cant stop looking at how silky the petals look! Amazing work 🙂
Thank you very much! This little bee spent ages crawling round, exploring every petal.
I get it. I seem to be shooting in macro or long range tele most of the time – always trying to get closer somehow.
And, with my journalist’s mindset, I agree completely that things should be shot as they are. I even have doubts about using PhotoShop – but since I haven’t the patience to learn it, it’s kind of a moot point. 😀
I hope your back begins to cooperate and allow you to crawl about again soon.
Thanks, Debbie. Starting physio soon. Hoping for results!
Hand held? Your eye for a wonderful shot is incredible.
Thanks for popping by, Jackie. And for the kind comment. :0) Rx
Love this one Rachael, until you mentioned it to me a while ago, I would not of even thought that people would do that to get a shot, I know I never would even consider it. So much better in their natural environments 🙂
Definitely! Thanks, Karen.
Hurry up and get well soon! This is just stunning 🙂
Thanks, Helen. Hopefully things will improve soon, before I go into terminal photography withdrawal!
I too was shocked to learn that photographers would put creatures in the fridge – how cruel. And I agree that macro shots can cure phobias. Your picture of the caterpillar on the underside of a leaf is the only picture I’ve seen of said beast I can look at without squirming (I have a phobia of caterpillars)! The rose/bee picture is such a work of art 🙂
Thanks, Wendy. On the other side of the scale, a photog friend of mine has been known to feed honey to tired wasps…