Saturday, March 22, 2008

Get out and Shoot!

Spring has Sprung series 1-2
Originally uploaded by Dalantech.
Don’t wait for perfect conditions to go shooting macro; in fact some of the best days to go looking for critters are when the weather isn’t ideal. Low temperatures and partly cloudy skies can create a “stop and go” environment for some insects (that’s how I’ve been shooting Miner Bees above life size lately). As long as the sun is out they have the energy to move, but as soon as it goes behind the clouds or they land in the shade their metabolisms take a nose dive and you can get really close.

Wind can be a blessing and a curse. I had to delete a lot of frames after shooting a pair of mating Hoverflies due to the wind. But the breeze also kept them pinned down to the leaf they were on –all I had to do is wait for the brief pauses in the wind to take my shots.

So get out into the big blue room with the big yellow ball on days when the weather is poor. You might be surprised at what you find…


Michael said...

Great thoughts! It can't always be perfect light out or not windy!

Sometimes you even use the angled flashlight like I did the other night haha!

If you want the pictures you gotta do what you gotta do!

elfriki said...

You did a great job with the flies! I love cloudy days. To get that kind of light on a sunny day I have to wake up very early in the morning ( really early!!)

Dalantech said...

Thanks mdc and elfriki :)