Posted by dang (Atlanta, United States) on 18 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A straight-forward shot using fill flash to brighten those dark undersides.
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Thanks for looking.

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vincent from Saint Omer, France

beautiful portrait !!

18 Sep 2012 5:41am

@vincent: Thank you VIncent.

k@ from Paris, France

Intimacy is beautiful ;) Superb !

18 Sep 2012 6:22am

@k@: Thanks K@.

Bulldogman from Krams, Germany

great photo! what lens do you use?

18 Sep 2012 6:52am

@Bulldogman: Hi Bulldog,
This shot was taken with a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5X Macro Lens. Though my usual lens for shooting insects is a Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM macro, along with a Canon EF Life-Size Converter &/or inexpensive Auto-extension tubes. For "Still Life" I generally use an adapted Manual Pentax Macro-Takumar f/4. The latter I'll sometimes use for insects in combination with a Pentax Bellows, though it's extremely difficult for live subjects. I guess I should have just said, like most bug shooters it depends on the look of a shot I'm going for. But it's all fun, regardless. Thanks!

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Absolutely gorgeous.

18 Sep 2012 7:04am

@Aubélia: Much appreciated Aubélia.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


18 Sep 2012 7:24am

@jpla: Merci' Jpla.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors!

18 Sep 2012 9:11am

@omid: Thank you again Omid.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Génial et une netteté incroyable. ***** Bonne journée.

18 Sep 2012 9:38am

@Tede: Merci' Tede.

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Like a aliën, wonderful macro shot.

18 Sep 2012 9:55am

@Willem: Thanks much Willem.

Patrick M from Lille, France

Very beautiful!
For my photos, I know, a bit of work to do in post processing - but the photos are already programmed Aminus - will try to find your recommended version in French to help me spot! Thank you very much!

18 Sep 2012 10:53am

@Patrick M: Thanks Patrick.

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Excellente macro!

18 Sep 2012 7:07pm

@Enzo: Thanks Enzo,

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A fantastic image friend, you have a great portfolio too.

18 Sep 2012 9:01pm

@Michael Fresh: Thanks Michael.

rem_la from Villiers, France

magnifique ce portrait

19 Sep 2012 5:16am

@rem_la: Merci'!

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Whow .... an excellent photo. The close up is superb, and the depth of field perfect. I love it.

19 Sep 2012 5:30am

@gerard1948: Thanks Gerard.

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

oooh... gdod morning!

19 Sep 2012 6:13am

@Nazzareno: Thank you Nazzareno.

itchydogimages from Pu, China

Always a good perspective! Nice shot.

19 Sep 2012 6:50am

@itchydogimages: Thanks!

shooter from United Kingdom

Stunning shot

19 Sep 2012 8:05am

@shooter: Much appreciated Shooter.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Stunning macro! I've never seen an insect that looks so naked. *****

19 Sep 2012 7:01pm

@Marilla: Chuckle... The underside does look naked, though I hadn't thought about it. Thanks!

yo from Ile de France, France

De la haute précision ! Magnifique !

19 Sep 2012 8:08pm

@yo: Merci' Yo.

Bulldogman from Krams, Germany

Thanks for your answer. Have a nice week.

20 Sep 2012 4:52am

@Bulldogman: Thank you, and hope you're week is great.

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

excellent macro

20 Sep 2012 6:19am

@pascale: Much appreciated, thanks!

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very creative use of fill flash - not often seen with macro shots. Excellent!

20 Sep 2012 11:57am

@Stephen: Hi Stephen, Fill flash is more common in macro shots than you probably think, it's just shooters usually don't mention it. Thanks!

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

Great idea to use fill flash! A very nice macro indeed.

20 Sep 2012 5:25pm

@ruthiebear: Thanks Ruthie.

Anna de Vries from somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Awesome macro, Dang!

21 Sep 2012 7:35am

@Anna de Vries: Much appreciated Anna!

Barbara from Florida, United States

I really like this one, Tom. There is such character. As always you are spot on focus with a shallow DOF. The soft background allows this guy to stand out nicely. Great work with the fill light. I like that you give a general description and link of lens and techniques used. I'll take a look about the DSLR life. The shutter button on my last DSLR gave out. It will work with the timer, but to repair was around $200. Instead I bought an updated new body. Too bad, I'd like to have it working.

21 Sep 2012 2:34pm

@Barbara: Hi Barb, The scene was a lot darker than it looks here. I compensated 1.5 for background to increase brightness, and still had to use flash to get the shot right. I was just lucky the little guy didn't jump before I could experiment. I remember your first camera having problems, so you might report it there to help others out. The more data they collect, the better people can judge what to buy. Anyway, glad you got a new one, I always enjoy seeing your shots. Thanks!

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Woooow! Superb macro with great background, nice colors and stunning details. Compo and DOF used are really awesome.

21 Sep 2012 9:01pm

@Josep: Thanks Josep, The MP-e 65 has really shallow dof, so it can be difficult to shoot with. I sharpened the top half of the insect only, using a separate layer to avoid background noise, and flattened. Color saturation was "punched" a bit in PS, but otherwise right from the cam. Thanks!

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a great portrait! He was posing perfectly for you. Beautiful color and detail!

21 Sep 2012 9:39pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks much Elaine.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

An excellent - a great macro !

22 Sep 2012 4:00pm

@Loner: Thanks Loner.

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

Beautiful macro!

22 Sep 2012 4:07pm

@P-TER: Much appreciated!

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

Outstanding photo. Perfectly done.

23 Sep 2012 7:04am

@João Mourão: Thank you João.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Exquisite detail and color. A top notch close up !

23 Sep 2012 4:39pm

@Rick: Thanks Rick.

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Beautiful macro with very good Dof!

23 Sep 2012 5:28pm

@mohkum: Thank you Mohkum.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Excellent clarity. You've balanced the flash well

24 Sep 2012 7:07am

@CElliottUK: Thanks, I'm not usually so lucky.

tataray from france, France

Détails superbes, et les couleurs sublimes.

24 Sep 2012 12:07pm

@tataray: Merci' Tataray.

rick from brisbane, Australia

Hi Dang. Awesome shot. Almost looks like a colour illustration more than a photo. Such an unusual looking insect. I just bought a Canon 100mm macro recently but haven't had a chance to play around with it yet. The 300mm can get surprisingly close and with the 1.4 tc, even closer. It's hard enough getting close to butterflies as it is!

25 Sep 2012 9:11am

@rick: Hi Rick, The 100mm is my primary lens. I usually use a Canon EF Life-Size Converter (2X) made for the Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro, or a Kenko Pro300 1.4X with it (the standard Canon converters won't work). For butterfly shots, the bokeh is really smooth, it's great lens. As for this shot looking like an illustration, it's probably due to the lighting and light-sharpening used. Thanks, I hope to see more of your shots soon.

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Fantastique macro.
Superbe cadrage ainsi que les couleurs

25 Sep 2012 9:41am

@Aigleloup: Thank you, much appreciated.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wonderful straight on shot - looks very alien.

25 Sep 2012 10:54am

@Jason Politte: Thanks Jason. This guy looks very different viewing from underneath than above. I'll dig through some old shots later on, and post a side view for comparison. Much appreciated.

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

A M A Zing....

26 Sep 2012 7:42am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Very well done, Tom. Aren't these bugs pretty small?

26 Sep 2012 10:13am

@Julie L. Brown: Hi Julie, Yes, fairly small at 12mm or less. Thanks!

philippe from moselle, France

excellent, il est dressé c'est sur ;o) !!!

26 Sep 2012 6:26pm

@philippe: Merci'.

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Gorgeous macro love how soft yet vivid it feels.

28 Sep 2012 8:09am

@Ainsley: Thanks much Ainsley.

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

awesome macro.... love the details...

28 Sep 2012 2:48pm

@Arash: Thank you Arash.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! Incredible detail captured in this close-up! Beautiful colors as well. I love how he stands out in this verdant landscape.

28 Sep 2012 4:54pm

@Steven: Much appreciated Steven.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Stunning and gorgeous !!

29 Sep 2012 9:54am

@Mhelene: Thank you Mhelene.

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Fantastic Macro, well done. Like It!

2 Oct 2012 10:22pm

@Rafael: Much appreciated!

roy from ostend, Belgium

Beautiful colors, and super sharp, so I get them not, congratulations.

3 Oct 2012 6:02pm

@roy: Thanks Roy.

Sugata from Newark, United States

Great macro, and excellent colours!

4 Oct 2012 5:33am

@Sugata: Thank you very much.

Luc Durocher from Montréal, Canada


4 Oct 2012 10:45am

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

beautiful shot and nice sharp
Have a nice sunday

6 Oct 2012 6:26pm

@Aly: Thanks Aly.

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Hi Doug I am going to try the reversed lens I love your images they are fantastic thank you for the inspiration :-)

7 Oct 2012 8:59am

@Kate: Thanks Kate.

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Sorry Dang, not Doug Lol

7 Oct 2012 9:00am

@Kate: Chuckle... no problem!

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! pas croyable cette photo!!!5*****

7 Oct 2012 4:42pm

@Martine: Much appreciated Martine.

Sterre from Utrecht, Netherlands

Excellent macro with great detail and a beautiful soft background.

9 Oct 2012 8:06am

@Sterre: Thanks Sterre.

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Astonishing photograph! Very well done.

9 Oct 2012 8:36am

@Stu: Thanks Stu, even an old man can get lucky sometimes.

aaanouel from Heredia, Costa Rica

Hey Dang!
I hadn't watched your portfolio until now...
Awesome Macros!!! Great jobs.


10 Oct 2012 2:43am

@aaanouel: Thanks much aaanouel.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wonderful capture.

10 Oct 2012 11:26am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you Ana.

Lydia.Dd from Paris, France

So beautiful !!

10 Oct 2012 5:39pm

@Lydia.Dd: Much appreciated Lydia.

marceline from tournai, Belgium

waouh !! mais qu'est-ce donc que ce spécimen? bravo pour cette splendeur de macro !

12 Oct 2012 5:16am

@marceline: Thanks marceline.

Aly from Annen, Netherlands


24 Oct 2012 9:41pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Hello Tom, No matter how many times I take a look at this, it still fascinates me. We had butterflies just up until the drop in temps moved in. No insects (outdoors) for awhile. I wanted t6o stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas, I hope all is well with you.

24 Dec 2012 6:18am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Health, happiness and joy for you and your family.
♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...A Happy New Year!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...

31 Dec 2012 6:37pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Incredible Shot!
Happy new year Dang!

1 Jan 2013 9:27pm

This image has been featured in 3 Remix collections.

Macro by João Mourão

I like it by Mhelene

Mes preferees by Lydia.Dd


1/200 second
ISO 400
65 mm