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Three more shots from my few golden minutes in the garden yesterday.  These were taken outside, with natural light - no reflectors, no flash.  Apart from cropping and adjusting the shadows - I didn't do any editing.


 I am getting more and more excited about buying a macro lens this summer.  I'm ready for the new world that it will uncover.

Reader Comments (16)

I love the first one! It looks like an indoor shot and everything is so controlled. Nice results with the 18-200mm VR. I suggest you invest in a 105mm 2.8 Nikon Micro

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

How did you do that? I mean would you share how you shot the photos?? Seriously. This is amazing, especially when everything is sleeping in brown on the other side of the planet! Wow, this is “bugging” me. Well, if the 3rd photo has less flower - crop a little bit bottom left - that would be different...(envy suggestion)

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

May I ask how far you are away from the bug technically when you took the picture? How did you get the black background? I have a 55 – 200 mm lens…I am just wondering…

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

That's the one... Only I will get the VR version as I want to use it for outdoor portraits (hand-held).

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I break 2 'rules' to achieve this... Harsh morning sun (around 9am) - instead of early morning soft light - provides the overexposed look; and pointing the camera downwards (another no no) between the leaves - this shows the darker area as pitch black.

I stand back the minimum possible to get focus. This was at the maximum 200mm and I was about .75m away.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I liked the last picture. The white color from the flower made the rest of the picture stand out.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami Malallah

Is the first one from Teh National geographic team :O)
Great Work
The first is my best ( it would be greater if the color of the ladybird was red not orange )

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoesbox

yes the 1st one is THE best, not that the others are any less awesome..! The first shot, makes one gasp at the sheer beauty of the total composition..a feast for the eyes...!

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Thank you so much! I did not know that you can use 200mm for close shooting...that 1st one might be qualified for National Geographic.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

I agree with everyone. The first shot really stands out. Awesome light.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermyphotoscout

Hi! First time, pls allow me to admire your expressive shots with the bug. I like the way it was naturally taken & unedited. Great! ;-)

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErick

Love the composition of the first image.

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKala

great shot! yes indeed!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTri

Brilliant Bu Yousef!

You really should be doing this for a living.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterel wehbi

I Love Lady Bug.. beautiful photos

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShoSho

although am not a fan of macro ... this shot is very beautiful

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterq8travelbud

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