As much as I like working on my blog (and I really do) I also have a busy day job. For the next three days I will be in all day meetings and won’t have much time to write. So my posts for these days are going to be short (and hopefully sweet).
The photo below is of a gorgeous specimen of longhorn beetle (Brachyleptura rubrica) that my youngest son found in the garden last summer. As soon as I saw it I had to photograph it. Most critters are not entirely cooperative about getting their picture taken, so I often have to take a lot of photos to get something great. It isn’t uncommon for me to take 20 or 30 pictures before I am satisfied. In the case of this beetle, I placed it on a green leaf (for colour contrast) and took this picture. And that was it—I was done. I took a few more pictures from different angles (as the beetle just stood there), but there really wasn’t much point. Then I took it outside where it promptly spread its wings and flew away. It was like it just dropped by for a photo-op…
Note however, that this photo breaks a couple of the rules that I mentioned in my very first post (Close-up photography of a large yellow underwing): I didn’t shoot at its eye level, and it really isn’t doing anything more interesting than just stand there. But hey, rules are meant to be broken, right? Well, maybe not most rules—you really shouldn’t run with scissors or eat anything bigger than your head for instance. But hey, photography rules are never hard and fast. In this particular case it’s the bright red colour of its wing covers that is the most striking feature of the beetle. So shooting from above was all that was needed to produce a nice photo.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus E-620 digital SLR
Lens: Zuiko 35mm macro
Settings: manual exposure (F16 @ 1/125 sec)
Lighting: Olympus RF-11 ring flash (TTL)