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.