Asian Lady Beetle

Asian Lady Beetle taken on April 29, 2020. This image had been sitting for over a month on my desktop. In my de-cluttering of my desktop, I had decided to finish some minor edits on it. Earlier this day, I was down at the retainment pond with my telephoto lens and noted that I was finding many bugs on the branches and plants. Since it is hard to shoot incredibly small bugs with my telephoto (~6.5 feet minimum focusing distance), I wandered the few minutes home and swapped lenses.

With the focal plane for a macro lens being thin (several millimeters), it can be difficult without a flash to shoot moving bugs while keeping them in focus. While most of my shots of this beetle were out of focus, I had nailed this one by chance. I have come to appreciate how efficient (and fast!) bugs are in learning how to shoot macro. It is still a bigger learning curve than wildlife in my personal opinion and I am learning more about getting in-focus images as time goes on.

Lens - Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens on Nikon D500