Green Grasshopper Macro Shoot

September 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I had come across this green grasshopper living in a recently planted rosemary plant. I was watering the plant when he jumped out. I dropped the hose and ran immediately into the house to get my camera. Needless to say, I get a little excited when I find cool insects in the backyard. I took a series of photographs with my Tamron 70-200 macro lens and this is the result. When shooting macro, be sure to keep moving and try out new angles. As you can see, the slightest angle change can really change what you see. It's the same shooting anything (i.e., wedding photography, sports photography, portraits, landscapes, etc). Continue to change your perspective and ask yourself what you are including in the frame or what you don't want to include. The great thing about digital photography is that you don't really have to worry about wasting film to try new looks. And don't forget to change your settings, especially your f/stop. Gotta change that depth of field to change the look! Oh, and even though these are handheld, I do suggest trying to steady yourself up against something when shooting macro, even using a tripod when necessary. The depth of field is so shallow when so close up. Especially at 200mm and F/5.6 or larger. I think I went as small as f/7/1 on these to get a bit more of the grasshopper in focus. These were shot in natural light except for two toward the bottom, which were shot with a nikon SB-700 to get some richer colors and better depth of field. See if you can pick out which are natural light and which are off camera flash.


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