Sunday, July 06, 2008
Common yet still Beautiful
Megan and I can count on seeing a pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharo) in just about every hike we go on, including the weedy field in Kenney Park. I've always noticed the greenish metallicness on this species' thorax, and I was trying to focus on that in this image. This weekend I finally got to do some serious macro shooting with my Canon 60mm EFS macro lens. Since I'm shooting with early morning natural light, I had the lens set wide open to F 2.8, set my focus to 1:1 magnification, and slowly creeped my head amongst the fescue and in towards the insect until just the head and thorax were in sharp focus. I need to do this more often. Yes, it takes some time and can be tedious, but it is really fun. What a lens the canon 60mm macro is.