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 Morning insects by Jacob Wat

November 2021 - Morning insects

November 2021 - Jacob Wat

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For this month I worked on an old picture of a daddy long legs. The picture was taken in august in a forested area on a cloudy day. The image was taken in the morning. To edit it I increased the contrast the little to help improve the colors but I could not fix focus on the legs.


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5 comments posted




Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Jacob, Did you get this image with an iPhone?
Macro-photography is a whole different beast in photography!
With everything being magnified, defects become much more apparent (leaf partly eaten, etc...).
Selecting your subject and environment is very important. Can I suggest the following (especially at the beginning): 1) try to choose an object that is more 2 dimensional - capture keeping most of the insect parallel to your lens - this will reduce the "out of focus" area. Examples: dragon fly seen from above could allow you to get pretty much everything in focus. 2) Try a subject that does not move quickly - early morning is the best as the insects are slowly warming up (not very active when cold) 3) in macro-photography, the depth of field is always a significant issue - focus stacking is really helpful (especially with a daddy long legs). 4) preventing movements as much as possible is key (tripod, tent to shield from wind, slow moving subject, etc...)

Practice, practice, practice.....
Have fun. Looking forward to see more of your images.   Posted: 11/09/2021 11:13:02



Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is a difficult subject matter and unfortunately the insect does not stand out enough from its surroundings.
Follow the tips that Pierre has suggested and continue to improve your photography.   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:23:24



Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good try, Jacob. I do agree with what has already been said. You need a clean background for the critter to stand out.   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:30:24



Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Difficult to get everything in focus with such a large leg span and up close. The busy background overwhelms the subject a bit. Pierre's suggestion are spot on.   Posted: 11/14/2021 15:48:35



Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
I think it has already been said Jacob and I agree with the comments made. You are getting there though and if you fix these things down the track you are going to come up with some worthwhile pics. I always approach my pics buy saying to myself what is it that I am taking a pic of and then making sure that thats what stands out. To make it stand out I have to watch the background with care to make sure that it does not distract.   Posted: 11/14/2021 18:53:06