Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I have a big garden that's always crawling with bugs. The sun came out in the mid-afternoon, so my seven-year-old son and I went out to see if we could get any good shots. This is one of mine (his were pretty out of focus, maybe next time). I chased a gorgeous white butterfly around for a good ten minutes, but it just wouldn't sit still. I settled on this shot of a bee on some lavender.

Sony SLT-A65V
f/5
1/250th sec.
ISO 100
Tamron 50mm lens

- Julian De Puma

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Camera, Canon SX230HS
Using 5.0-70.0mm fixed lens (focal length 16.3mm)
ISO 320
f/4.5
Shutter speed 1/60

I am currently on holidays in Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, and one morning I was walking to the beach when I noticed the situation presented by the picture in a tree.
The ant appears to be in quite a predicament, and hangs motionless, suspended by the web, waiting for the owner to get back. This is a striking image as the fate of the ant has been sealed, and there is nothing it can do to prevent it's imminent demise. It just hangs there, waiting.

As I was taking this with a point and shoot camera this was a very difficult shot to obtain, as the ant just wouldn't seem to get into focus, however after much effort I finally found a position and a setting which worked, and I was able to get the shot. Despite the limited manual control of the camera I was still able to get the desired shot, which goes to show, an expensive DSLR is not necessary for capturing a good photo.

- Julian Larkin

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Early one morning I went out to my garden to cut some flowers to make an arrangement. As I was cutting I spotted a praying mantis. I grabbed the camera, which was already attached to my tripod. I set the Panasonic DMC F27 to macro mode, ISO 80, and zoomed in on this beautiful creature. If I had known the Mantis was going to cooperate I'd have tried to get closer. Instead I was focused on the composition of the scene and not just the bug. Now when I want a floral arrangement, I scan the flowers for the return of the Praying Mantis.

- Julie Porter

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Just happened to find this litte guy while snapping some photos of bees in my front yard. Turns out it's actually a juvenile stink bug before they grow up! I took this photo with my Nikon D5100 55 mm.

- Justin Ruscoe

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

This was shot in my backyard at my house near Stuttgart, Germany, in
my wife's lavender garden. Beautiful summer day, temperatures in the
low 70s, slight breeze and partly cloudy. Gretchen and I often spend
some time photgraphing bugs around our house and the village where we
live. For some reason I usually focus on the bees - I like the
challenge bees present, as I have to use manual focus in order to get
them while they zip in and out of the flowers.

Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 70-200/f2.8 lens
f/5 used with this shot
1/3200 sec
ISO=400
200mm focal length

- Kent Waller

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

My friend Ian and I set out to do a few macro shots at night, however we didn't start until close to midnight. We had our frozen ladybugs but with the warm temperatures they thawed out really quick and it was hard to get anything tack sharp. So with two things working against us-late night and heat, we decided to pack it up. Before we put our cameras away, we both noticed a few ladybugs on his Fuji X100 so I grabbed a few shots handheld with my Nikon D700 and manual focus Nikkor 105mm F/2.8. Not the best shot I have done but one to remind myself to shoot bugs in daylight.

Camera info:
Nikon D700
105mm Macro F/2.8 ai version
Manual Focus
ISO 2500

- Kevin Clifford

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Equipment: Nikon D300 body, Tamron macro lens (90mm 1:2:8), and Pro Optic
1.4 teleconverter extension. I am an amateur photographer so not sure what
the setting details are, but I shot it on aperture priority f/10 if that
means anything...

Attached is a shot of what I consider a beautiful Bottle fly - I mean look
at its iridescent coat of many colors! I took today (Sunday, July 29th) in
a local community garden in alphabet city in New York City where a mission
of mine is to highlight these urban critters. I prefer the underdogs of
the animal kingdom and hope that people will look at the much maligned fly
in a different light, and instead of shoo, say ooohhh.

- Kim Phillips

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Although I spent a few hours outside looking for subjects, this was the first shot that I took and the best of the day. This iridescent golden beetle was drinking from the center of a flower; the left leg up in the air reminded me of someone sticking their little finger out.

Camera Stats:
Camera: Sony SLT-A33
Lens: Tamron 90 mm Macro Lens
Exposure: 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO 100

- Kris Grahame

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Shooting Summary:

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/5 L IS USM
F-Stop: f/4
Time: 1/500 sec.
ISO: 100
Length: 200mm (320 equiv)

Every summer my Mom curates a flower garden on her front porch for the purpose of attracting bees. On sunny mornings we'll sit on the porch, sip coffee, and watch them buzz around. Occasionally, we'll photograph the bees and my Mom will paint watercolors of the photos. I usually shoot on my 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM to catch as much detail as possible, but for this shot I had my 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM telephoto on and managed to catch this bee just as he unfurled his proboscis.

- Kyle Mercury

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Canon T2i
18-55mm stock lens
f/5.6
1/100

Moved into a new place in Chicago. A few of these guys keep showing up. Trapped him under a glass and remembered the contest. I think they're called house centipedes and they eat all the other bugs, but if a bug makes an audible *thump* when it hits the floor, it needs to be destroyed.

- Kyle Morrow

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I don't come equipped with a camera on morning walks with my dog through the complex, but I always have my cell phone on me. This was taken with my iPhone. No editing beside some cropping. The only time I see the snails is on my walks with Nate. Unfortunately for him, I make him stop at every snail so I can take a picture just like he makes me stop at every tree. I take a photo of each one because I love the detail in the shells and their coloring. This morning I saw four and he just happened to be the most photogenic of them all.

- Lauren Palmer

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

the subject is a dead spider I found on my backyard

Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1 Micro 4/3 Digital Camera
Len: Minolta 50mm f3.5 Macro lens (Legacy Len) with reversing ring

- Leo Montan

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I took this photo of a bee right outside my house after a big storm. It was taken with my Nikon D5100 with its original 18-55 mm lens set on auto no flash. The camera setting was set on macro to get a close up on the bee trying to clean himself upside down just before he landed on my head.

- Lindsey Markward

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Shot Summary:

Body: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 55-250mm
Shot @ 250mm
Handheld
ISO 500
f/ 6.3
Exposure 1/320 sec

So I was taking out the trash when I noticed this party of yellow jackets clinging together in a group on the outside of this small electrical box. I was really curious as to why they were all clumped together like that so I went upstairs and grabbed my camera. With no macro abilities, I quickly thought of reversing my 50mm 1.4 and hand holding it to the body of my camera while attempting to get in close. Realizing quickly that I would be right on top of this groups of wasps I decided a better choice would be zooming in on a telephoto lens. What I soon realized was that a colony of ants had found the wasps honeycomb like nest and was eating the fresh laid larvae. They ants formed a long line up the wall to the box and apparently forced the yellow jackets to retreat to the outside of their homes. After taking the shot my girlfriends dad came running up behind me protected in a mess of black garbage bags, gloves, a hockey mask and was armed with a can of raid. At this point I got the hell out of dodge and watched as he destroyed everything with in the vicinity. I sat back watching as the chemicals instantly spread death and destrcuction over the two fighting species. I was disturbed and sadened by his decision to kill everything right then and there, now only the photograph remains.

- Logan Aiello

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

This is my submission this week! I am currently on vacation in No. California, where I am surrounded by redwood forest in Prairie Creek State Park. These banana slugs are absolutely everywhere, and are fascinating creatures to watch and photograph. While a gastropod and not technically a "bug," I thought these creatures would be a great submission for this week's challenge. Taken with a manual 90mm Vivitar Macro lens at 400 ISO, 1/100s shutter, f2.0.

- Louis Levine

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Here is my entry for 2012 Bugs photos. Taken today - 29/07/2012 - at Parteen Weir, Killaloe, Co.Clare, Ireland. Been so difficult to find any bugs this summer due to cold weather, winds and rain. Today was an all seasons in one day, heck, even one hour. Lough Derg was unusually low as I wadded out to where usually only a boat goes. I heard a noise, like a rustle behind me. I was facing Keeper Hill and the Silvermines Mts in Co. Tipperary, I turned around to face the highest mt. in Co. Clare only to be hit by a wall of drenching rain. I tucked my camera into my jacked and headed for shore. After only a few minutes the sun shone and some beautiful blue damselflies appeared. As I was photographing these a grasshopper appeared up a stem to watch me. So I took this photo of the cheeky chap. I am fascinated by damselflies but couldn't resist falling for the charms of Grasshopper.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS camera lying in wet grass fiddling between micro setting to custom.

- Lynda Christian

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I've attached my photo for the challenge this week - EXIF data is Canon 550d, 100mm 2.8 Macro (not IS), ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/200s, using a Canon Speedlite, shooting free-hand without a tripod. Only editing in Photoshop was cropping.

I saw this photo challenge when it came out, and I've been meaning to do one of Giz's photo challenges for ages but the timing's never been quite right! However, I couldn't resist this time because my macro lens is one of my favourite toys and I just adore taking photos of flowers and bugs with it (though I am still very much learning). I'm staying in Sussex, UK for the weekend and it's been pretty rainy so I grabbed the chance of not getting soaked and headed out to find some creepy crawlies. I lifted up a pot and found a load of woodlice - but then saw this poor chap being eaten by a rather unfriendly spider! I was using my speedlite to try to get a fast shutter speed but the spider didn't like the flash so much so retreated, with his meal, quite quickly so this was the best I managed to get - I wish his body had been in focus too, but I'm glad I got his eyes - ALL of them! You can tell the size of them because the yellowy-brown thing in the top left hand corner is a common garden snail!

- Maddie Hart

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a Camel spider in my kitchen, normally people would kill a bug they see in their house, but I on the other hand wanted to keep him as a pet. Due to under recent events, I have discovered that it is a female, because it has laid several eggs in its burrow.

Equipment: Canon T2i - 18-55mm f/3.5 EF-S lens
Exposure: 1/125 sec
ISO: 400
Technique: Tilt-shift

- Maki Ling

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

This little guy was tagging along for a ride on my car so I took advantage of it. The best part was that it made the 15 mile trek! I feel dumb for driving and spending money on gas when I could just hop on another car's windshield for free.

- Mario Lo

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Camera-Nikon D80
Lens-SB-900
ISO-pretty sure it was 80, but not 100%

The story of finding this awesome Big Green Locust, is actually a coincidence. We have two gardens, a flower garden in front of the house and a vegetable garden in the back. My dad always waters the back and i water the front. I finished watering earlier then my dad and checked Pulse for the iPhone to see if there was anything interesting going on. Sure enough i see the bug challenge first and instantaneously my dad calls me over to look at this Green Locust outside of our balcony door on the screen, I take a picture right away. After that my dad got the net to bring it into the backyard, as soon as he went down the thing flew back up and into our house. Then we went on a goose hunt to get it out and closed the door right away, and then it flew back to the screen door again, so we just left it there this time. I then spent the next few days trying to attract bugs to our house with lights, and fruit, and colorful flowers, we even went on scavenger hunts in the woods to find nothing as cool or big. We also don't have a macro lens so it made this challenge twice as hard and fun.

- Mark Fisher

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I was out shooting bug pictures the last few weekends. I found many many nice bugs these days. Unfortunately this weekend, the weather was not so good. Instead of seeing dozens of bugs and insects, I only found a handful of them....the most of them on my skin (biting moskitios ouch). Here is a damselfly shot taken with a Nikon D800, 105 mm Macro Lens, a 2.0 TC, ISO 2000, F14, 1/125, Handheld

- Markus Enderlin

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I call this one "So that's what's eating my Basil" (although I'm not sure this guy is actually responsible for the decline in my basil health). Nikon D3100 with Nikkor 55-300 lens at 240mm, f/6.3, 1/800 ISO 400.

- Matthew Bertolatus

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Here is a picture of a butterfly I took with my brand new DSLR!

Here's the shooting summary:
Camera - Nikon D3100
Lens - 18-55 mm
ISO - 100

My boyfriend and I have wanted a DSLR for a really long time. Last
weekend we finally went and got one. As we were walking home from the
store, we passed through a park that was full of flowers and
butterflies. I really hoped that my new camera would be slick enough
to capture a photo of one. The next day we went out to play with it.
We were very pleasantly surprised.

- Maureen Hagan

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Canon 5D
Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro Lens @ f5.6
ISO-800
Shutter: 1/200

These things are everywhere and don't move at all, so you could argue they
are the best subjects for macro photography. As a kid I was really disgusted
by these guys but since I got my macro lens and saw them magnified, they
aren't so bad the poor things.

- Mehran Moghtadai

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

ISO 1600
f/6.3
1/250
100mm

As soon as I walked outside, after reading this weeks challenge, I looked down and almost stepped on this guy. I immediately went back in to grab the camera, with hopes that he would still be there when I got back. I am not sure if this is the front or the back of bug.

- Michael Durr

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Some friends of mine wanted to grab some lunch and do something outside before the rain came on Saturday. We decided to get some subs and picnic and go for a walk around a local park. I had forgotten to bring my Panasonic TS3 to the last couple outings so I have been attempting not forget it. When I grabbed it Saturday, I remembered about the contest. I was hoping to get a photo of an underwater bug, I though it would be interesting for the contest given the advantage of my camera, though the opportunity never presented itself. As the sky was starting to get darker and we were hurrying back to the cars, the moth kept following us, so I stopped and stood still until it landed next to me. I put the camera in macro mode and inched as close to the little guy. He was a good sport and didn't even flinch as I got right up next to him with my bright metallic blue camera. I ran to catch up with the rest of the group and we got out of there before it started raining sideways.

- Michael Eck

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

"Cicada Skin"

Fuji s100fs — F5 — 1/450" — ISO100 — 18mm — Velvia film simulation

- Mike Case

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I took this on a family trip to Mt. Rainier this past weekend. We were hiking up ridge above Sunrise when I spotted this small spider sitting on a fuzzy bit of vegetation. My son though it was waiting for an ant to come along (lunch); my daughter wanted nothing to do with it.

Canon T2i / 18 - 55 kit lens
ISO 100
f/5.6
1/800

- Mikel Ugarte

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

My girlfriend's parents have an amazing flower garden. When I heard about your bug contest, I headed over there knowing that I would find lots of butterflies and pollen-covered bumblebees. I got lots of great shots of bees and flies and various other critters enjoying the butterfly bush, hibiscus, zinnias, and black-eyed susans. I was just about to head out of the sun and call it quits for the day when I noticed a really tiny insect hovering around the bright orange marigold flowers. The bug was too small to really see, but the marigolds were practically blazing in the sunlight, so I snapped one picture having no idea what the creature might look like when magnified. I zoomed in on the photo and discovered that this bug has really beautiful markings, and looks like he's flying into a brilliant firestorm! I got dozens of razor-sharp close-ups of bees and flies, but this soft, intensely warm image is my favorite of the day.

Photoshop: Only cropping and a tiny bit of sharpening on the bug. No color adjustments or any other manipulations.

Shooting info:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
Flash: none
Aperture: f/10
Shutter Speed 1/80
ISO: 1000
Hand-held

- Mike Trutt

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

Last week my macro lens broke…and then you announced this challenge. I love taking close up bug pictures, but that just wasn't going to happen this week. I had almost given up on this challenge when I saw this grasshopper type insect in this fountain as I was walking my dog. It was right over the big floodlights under the water. The original plan was to take a silhouette picture, but when I got home and looked at some of the shots, the effect of having all the dust and dirt illuminated in the water was really cool. A little curve adjustments and sharpening in Photoshop and that's it. It's kind of like when you first see an alien in old space movies. I'm really happy with this one even if it's not macro.

Canon 7D
EF 28-135 IS USM f/3.5-5.6
1/200 sec., f/8, ISO 2000

- Nicholas Badger

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

I'm a photographer by trade so my go to camera is a DSLR, but since I've gotten the iPhone 4S's I've been quite impressed with the results for on-the-run shots. About a week ago I was digging through one of my equipment drawers and found a 4x magnification jewelers loupe I use to inspect prints - and then it hit me - I could attach this to my iPhone and use it for macro shots! I took a few bits of poster putty, attached them to the edge of the loupe and then adhered the loupe over my iPhone's camera. Well, it worked better than I expected. I played around with photographing my eye, coins, flowers and what not, but I wanted something more interesting

So a few days ago I set some sugar water out on my balcony in hopes of baiting some bugs. Within a few hours, I had flies everywhere! It took a lot of patience, and slow movements, but after a while I became the "fly whisperer" and was able to get as close as I wanted. The shot I included features rival fly species "bellied up to the bar" drinking some of my sugar water with their proboscis. In addition to the jewelers loupe, I slightly zoomed in with the iPhones digital zoom to increase the magnification.

Equipment: iPhone 4s automatic settings w/4x magnification jewelers loupe attached. Color/contrast adjustments made in Adobe Lightroom 3

- Nick Ulivieri

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

My name is Oscar Blanco, Graphic Designer by profession, but also passionate about illustration and specially photography.
And when it comes to photography, Macro (or micro) photography is the type of photo I'm most crazy about.
It's just amazing what you can find in nature, if you just look a little closer.

This shot if of a small manthid. About one inch in length. Very finicky, so it was a little hard to get a decent shot.
One of the things I love about most praying mantis, is that since they're ambush hunters, they have the art of camouflage down to perfection.
In this case, it camouflages as moss. Notice the moss shaped protuberances on the back of it's abdomen! Crazy huh?

This shot was taken in the cloudy forests on the Northern part of the Central Valley in Costa Rica (Heredia Province), yesterday morning (July 28th, 2012).
As part of a free workshop I was giving to macro photo enthusiasts.
I put together a page with a friend, where we will be giving all types of free photo workshops, for instance, our next workshop will be about sports photography.
https://www.facebook.com/AprendeFotografia ("learn photography").
I will be also uploading a video made from the workshop (and for every other workshop) for all those who couldn't be with us yesterday. Sadly, everything is in Spanish (for all those non-Spanish speaking friends out there).

This shot of the mantis, was one of the few shots I was able to take just for me, since I had to spend time with our students helping them out with their own shots.

The gear I used was:

Nikon D80 body
Extension tubes set
2x Teleconverter
Nikkor 60mm macro
Macrolume flash
Newer small fill flash
Several brackets for the flash units
ISO 100
F 5.6
1/130 Shutter Speed

Light conditions where pretty bad, even though it was around 11 am (very cloudy and with heavy drizzle), so I HAD to use a low F setting, wich killed a lot of DOF (Depth of Field), and also because I'm using a Teleconverter (which is normally something NOT used for macro, but my macro lens has a very short focus distance, so I'm forced to use the Teleconverter to avoid getting extremely close to my subjects).

- Oscar Blanco

Shooting Challenge: Bugs 4S

On this shot I went with my Nikon D5100 with a 18-55mm Lens @ 1/60s and f/7.1, white balance was set to direct sunlight. I placed a 10x macro filter on and headed towards the trails behind my house figuring that there would be plenty of creepy crawlers back there. But, on my way there I noticed a bee fly right by my face so I looked off to my right and there was this plant there swarming with bees. I took out my camera and snapped about 20 different shots at variable distances until I figured I had enough to choose from. I really thought it was going to be a lot harder to find a bug to snap up close but these little guys were perfect. They were so focused on getting pollen they could care less that I was there, which worked out for me since I got my shot and didn't get stung in the process.

- Paul O'Neill Jr.