Earlier this week, we showcased United States Geological Survey’s series of macro-photos that exhibited the intricate side of bees. Well, this time around, Ireland-based photographer Tomasz Skocze has gone the ‘macro route’ with his incredibly captured images of ladybugs. With most of the photos snapped in the backyard garden of his house, the uniformity shared between the images pertain to the ‘wetness’ factor of the subject insects in question.
The camera used for the fascinating shoot entailed a Canon 5D Mark II, aided by a macro lens. However, beyond just the equipment, it is the perseverance of the photographer that ultimately helps in capturing these naturally intricate moments. As Skocze makes it clear –
Exercise a lot of patience and have your eyes wide open. Be observant to the micro world going on underneath your feet. Be an early bird. Get up early for your shoot when all insect are waking up, are very slow or will stay still. A big advantage is to have a good flashgun with a diffuser for a soft effect. The flashgun allows you to apply a high shutter speed, which will give you a sharp image.
Preparations aside, photographing a ladybug is not that easy considering its .8 to 18 millimeter size. But the diminutive form-factor is more than made up for by the natural vibrancy exhibited by this tiny insects that range from red, orange to yellow.
Image Credits: Tomasz Skocze