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Ladybug On The Vine

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Ladybug (Known as “Ladybirds” in Britain, according to wikipedia – you crazy Brits!)  are actually a beetle of the Coccinellidae family for all you bug science nerds.   I only know this because I just looked it up on the internet just now – thank you Al Gore.    Anyhow, my wife has a very personal connection going on with this particular vine growing on a fence here, and also has a very personal connection lately with ladybugs.   It would make sense if I explained but that’s for her to reveal, not my place.  Suffice it to say, when ladybugs appeared all over THE vine on Saturday morning it was a big deal.  I was instructed to “get a photo”.  

I’m not an insect photographer, or even a macro photographer, but I did the best I could.   I discovered two things….lady bugs are small…..and working with incredibly shallow depth of fields is a challenge.  I was going handheld, next time I should use a tripod.   I came away with a couple hundred frames, of which about ten or so were keepers.   We liked this one because it shows a ladybug and the vine in context together.   I salute all you insect specialists, it isn’t the easiest photography is it?   Ladybugs are probably about the easiest to shoot, they don’t move around very much, for which I am thankful.  I used my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 zoom with my Canon magnifier lens thing threaded onto the front for this exercise.

 

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One response

  1. You know I love a good macro shot, and this is one. I never see ladybugs around in Webster possibly because of the Japanese Beetle infestation we have every summer. But the ladybug is such a beautiful insect and I really would like the chance to photograph them myself. I like the red bug on the green leaf, it’s such a contrast.

    August 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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