Photographer's Note

Another of my test shots with the new macro lens and ring lite flash (Canon ED100mm f/2.8Macro USM and Canon Ring Lite MR-14EX).

As I arrived at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, it took a me a little while to find some subjects suited for Macro Photogarphy. I eventually spotted some Grasshoppers snacking on these flowers; as you can see in this image he's chewed up that hole between his two front legs.

I discovered there is a knack to Macro Photography. Finding a suibtable subject can be time consuming, but even more so capturing it on film. I did not bring my tripod with me for this trip out- as I was using a flash. But given the weight of the Canon 5D, lens, and furthermore having to stretch forward- I did feel I had a bit of shake- and feel a monopod would have been well suited. To further complicate things, the flowers were located on long stems and swayed in the slightest breeze.
Shooting Macro (with a shallow DOF) can also be difficult. As you can see here- the face and front right leg is in focus, yet the antenna and front left leg- just slightly ahead or behind is out of focus... so that further complicates things... but I do enjoy it.

I hope you like the shot...
- Dan

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