I took about 800 photos over the course of the three-day BugShot workshop. I didn’t have as much success with every subject as I would have liked, but I did come away with some definite keepers.
One of my goals was to play with colour a bit; I’ve really gotten into using a white background because I love how it makes the insect the absolute focal point for the image, but I don’t want to get into a “white box” rut! I found inspiration in the strikingly colourful imagery produced by instructor Thomas Shahan, and decided to roll with it.
Oddly enough, my favorite photos were all of…wait for it… SPIDERS! This may be the start of a serious life change for little ol’ arachnophobic me!
Anyways, without further ado, may I present my top three pics!
I hope you all have enjoyed and benefited from my BugShot posts, especially those of you who made the trip possible for me!
From top to bottom:
1. Regal Jumper, Phidippus regius
f/8, 1/125th sec., ISO-100, 67mm focal length, flash manually set at about – 2 2/3
2. Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans
f/8, 1/125th sec., ISO-100, 61mm focal length, flash manually set
3. Workman’s Jumper, Phidippus workmani
f/8, 1/200th sec, ISO-80, 43mm focal length, flash manually set
Note: I nearly always shoot at f/8 (my camera’s lowest f-stop), at ISO 80 or 100 (almost never more than 200 or I get terrible noise). I’ve been told that some of the results I get with these setting are pretty wonky (DOF, for example), but it’s probably because I have a PAS, not a DSLR.