Oliver Morton  

 Bugs by Oliver Morton

August 2020 - Bugs

August 2020 - Oliver Morton


About the Image(s)

After spending so much time indoors, I was eager to expand my photography experiences. My curiosity was peaked when I saw an ad for a variety of insects. So, not knowing what to expect, I ordered a “variety of insects”, none of which I was familiar with. Since the person I ordered from was in France, it took quite a while for the small package to arrive. Much to my surprise, they got here undamaged, a tribute to the excellent packing. After rejecting some of my poses (e.g., on plants from my yard), I tried something quite simple. I included a magnifying glass that was lying around and added a few peanuts, hoping to make it seem more realistic.

The picture was taken indoors using two flashes and a black felt cloth under the bugs. I processed the photograph using Photoshop and Camera Raw to adjust the contrast, lighting, and cropping. Since I had neglected to completely clean the felt, I also spent time removing the many spots on my image.

Data: Canon 5D4 with 180mm macro lens; 1/200 sec; f/10; ISO 640; manual settings.

2 comments posted

Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
I like the magnifying glass with the bugs. I helps tell a story on how to look at the intricate details of the bugs. I am not so sure about the peanuts but it does help you visualize the size of the bugs. I like the composition and low angle of the exposure. Well done! On a side note did you try to take and image through the magnifying glass of the orange and black beetle. You could include part of a hand in the image holding the magnifying glass.   Posted: 08/01/2020 09:25:41

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Very creative. The colors are eye-catching and the bugs interesting. The out of focus handle seems a little distracting.   Posted: 08/02/2020 10:16:48


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