“Fifteen-Spotted Lady Beetle”

Fifteen-Spotted Lady Beetle (Anatis labiculata)

“The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.” 
― Suzy Kassem

This started out as an experimental shot, playing with the depth of field of my macro lense and trying my darndest to get a crisp hand-held image, as the lens has no vibration compensation. At this depth of field, back to front ‘sway’ is critical. As you can see, only a very narrow band (the size of the ladybug) is in focus.

As I made the image of this unusually coloured ladybug, I wondered what it was doing, just sitting on the wooden railing. Perhaps it found some microscopic treat to devour? I don’t know, because even at this close range, I can see nothing. Yet it sat there, in this position for several minutes before moving on.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/80 sec, f/22.0 ISO 800

High Resolution image on 500px

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9 Comments on ““Fifteen-Spotted Lady Beetle”

  1. Fabulous image, Ed! You caught the ladybird perfectly within the fine depth of field, and I really like those oblique lines in the surface.

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