Lenses: Canon EFS 18-55mm
Focal Length: 55
F number: 5.6
Exposure Time: 1/160
I was at a friend's cabin, when i saw something shining over some flowers, and it was a butterfly
-Victor Flores

Nikon D40, 18-55mm Lens, ISO 200, f/5.6
I'm a tour guide in Alaska and while giving a nature walk tour, a client saw a lady bug on a lupine leaf. It was perfectly still and allowed us all to take pictures of it. I carry a camera just in case, but no extra lens'. I used what I can and was lucky to get a decent shot of the lady bug. It's amazing to see tourist go crazy over a bug that they can see where they're from too.
-Derrick Sinyon

In honor of the new shooting challenge I grabbed my dusty hiking gear and hit the Appalachians near where I live in Eastern Pennsylvania. After a sweaty day of hiking in 100+ degree heat almost straight up a mountainside I got some miraculous pictures of nature, including a doe that was no more than 10 yards away from me, but I failed to capture a decent bug until I came across this butterfly. The insect itself is unremarkable really, but the shot as a whole I fell in love with, particularly how I managed to frame the shot with the surrounding brush and still get a clean Line of Sight straight to the bug, focusing in, and taking the shot before it flew away. I only managed one shutter click before it did and I was so worried it wouldn't come out, but lo and behold it was a near perfect picture.
-Scott Chuss

I took the attached photos with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 100mm F2.8L IS macro lens.
I shot this handheld at F8, ISO 100, and a shutter speed of 1/125 second with a +0.3 exposure bias.
The story behind this shot is that I just received this macro lens and wanted to give it a go with some bugs and flowers. I strolled over to my neighbors yard to see all these iceplants and bees feeding on them. I'm not used to getting so low to the ground and so close to a subject before. I got so close that I actually bumped my lens hood into the bee. It got fed up with me and started chasing me. Yes, I ran down the street with this bee chasing me, with flailing arms and screaming like a little girl. Yes, all this so that I can enter this contest.
-Kenny Chhuor

Sony Cybershot DSC-T200
8.1 Megapixel
Macro feature
I love this camera.....
-Ryan Irving

Just after reading about this shooting challenge, I found this little guy lying in repose on the hood of my truck. I identified him as a male Eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica). I photographed him atop a rounded stone, illuminated by an amber-glass turtle lamp in the background.
Nikon D70s, 60mm Micro-Nikkor lens with 6T close-up lens, ISO 400, 2 seconds @ f/16.
-Mark Reddick

I just got my macro lens and immediately went out into my garden and captured this. I have no idea what these bugs are but seeing photos like this one taken just 10 feet from my house reminds me of a quote John Muir once said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." This shot was taken handheld with a 105mm Micro-Nikkor at f/4,1/125 sec.,1600 ISO. My trusty D90 recorded the photo.
-Kyle Greenwell

Find attached the two versions of my submission, a picture of a ladybird I saw crawling on my tent the other morning when waking up with the sun blazing whilst camping with some friends. Sat there with a cup of coffee, I saw it making its way over the tent and thought it was a perfect opportunity to get a great photo.
Small amount of colour retouching done in Aperture after the fact - A little exposure recovery because of the huge amount of light on the day, and a little exposure vignette around the outside to draw the eye in to the middle.
Camera: Casio EX-FH20
Aperture: f/3.4
Shutter: 1/200s
ISO 100
Focal Length: 10.1mm
-David Eglin

Camera : Nikon d40
Lens : 18-55 !
ISO :200
shutter speed :1/320
Read the post on giz and though naaaw macro.... I dont own
(cant afford) a macro lens so i thought it was over. but whilst sitting in the garden i noticed a lot of dragonflies flying around so i grabbed my d40 and started snapping. I was just about to go inside to see what id got and saw that the dragonfly had a fly in its mouth so i got as close as i could and took a few pics. After coming in to review the photos i saw the two legs of the fly on the leaf.
-Cameron Bird

Equipment: Camera- FujiFilm FINEPIX S1500 (10mpx with 12mpx Zoom)
Technique: Auto with Super Macro Setting, Patience and Silence
I fell ill with a rare neuromuscular disease that is also coupled with a movement disorder called Dystonia. In becoming ill, I lost things I loved like taking walks, bicycle riding, and other physical activities involving extensive use of my legs. I had to find something new to make me smile. I found photography, and in photography, I found dragonflies. I love dragonflies. I love them because like my disease, they are misunderstood. People think they bite, or are nuisances, and never know the struggle they endure to live their lives. They spend two years of their lives as nymphs in the water only to be given a short time to fly, once they've emerged from the water, before dying. Before this disease, I was like those nymphs. I didn't know yet I'd be able to fly. I know this now, and accomplish it by doing my best to bring joy, love, smiles and laughter to others by either my interaction with people, or through my photographs. This photo is one I took yesterday. It made me smile. It's ok to not win the contest, but if it made YOU smile too, then I won something bigger anyway.
-Shaina Noggle

I was sitting on my porch, enjoying the nice weather. When I saw a
wasp that was flying kinda slowly. Looking closer, it turs out there
were two of them, ehm... Mating... while flying.
Also, the female wasp was doing all the flying. If I could, I would
highfive the male-wasp!
I dashed for my camera, ran back, and captured this tender moment.
-Stewart Huynh

I've taken good macro photo's with my Rebel XSI and Sigma DG Macro Lens in the past, but for some reason it was not cooperating with me this morning. So I pulled out my new IPhone 4 and thought I'd give it a shot. The results came out much nicer then I thought!
There is a bit of over saturation do to the sunlight, but the detail and color on the beetle is amazing for such a small camera!
-Timothy Davies

Found them in my back garden here in Dublin, Ireland.
They are 'Yellow Garden Spiders' apparently?!? At least that's what a lazy internet search using the words 'yellow' and 'spiders' tells me :)
Shot with a Sony Cybershot DSC-H50, set to macro, focal length 7.1, f number 2.8, exposure 1/100
-Marcus Hartung

Taken with an iPhone 4, Processed to B+W on Photoshop Mobile App.
Hornet got stuck in my window, Sounded like a B-52 Bomber all night. This shot is to commemorate that sleepless night.
-Charlie Davis

It was a beautiful, but hot, sunny afternoon, when I decided to take my camera into a nearby flower garden. As I was photographing some of the beautiful flowers, I watched a moth flutter around and then land on the coneflower right in front of me. I quietly got as close as I could and snapped away. The moth, growing a little camera shy, took to flight seconds later.
I photographed it with my Sony Cybershot. The ISO was set to 400, and the AF was set to Multi.
-Spencer Saints

Equipment: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm
Settings: F priority, ISO-200, Focal 18, no flash.
Location: Commercial center, Sammamish, Washington
Post processing: StereoPhoto Maker by Masuji Suto. ver. 4.01
If the colors in this photo look odd, it's because it's an Anaglyph – a Red/Blue glasses 3D photograph. I don't have the luxury of a dedicated 3D camera, so my technique is based on taking two consecutive shots, with a left-right shift. The tough part is finding a bee that would stay-put during the 2-3 seconds it takes to do the shift and take the 2nd picture. The flower was visited by a few dozen bees yesterday, but I still had to take about 150 shots to find a bee that was reasonably stationary. Getting stung was, of course, not part of the plan. Not so for the bee that tried to sting my lens, though. I can't imagine what would it feel like to hit a piece of solid glass with my stinger…must have been a world of pain…
-Erez Ben-Ari

So, i get a call from a friend of mine saying; "yo man, i'm chicken sitting for some doctors at their house and you should come for a few days". With an invite like that, how could i turn it down? I asked for the address, but was instead given coordinates (the numbers written on my wrist) because the house wasn't even on the map. Once i get there and settled in, my friend Laura, my girlfriend Marisa, and I got elevated and decided we'd go woods-venturing. We followed a walking path that ran along a creek somewhere in Chester, NJ, and all along the path were these giant centipedes. i photographed the first one we saw because we were all struck with awe at the sheer size of the thing (none of us had ever seen one this big in the wild before- we're from NJ suburbs), but as we continued deeper into the woods, we found that they were everywhere, and we ended up walking with our eyes fixated on the ground to carefully walk the path without stepping on one of these giants.
-Daniel J. Locandro

I was actually smoking outside and noticed a red dragonfly. A rare insect I assume as I had never seen one before. I quickly grabbed the camera inside and waited for the little guy to land and stay still. He eventually landed and allowed me to photograph him – used a Nikon D50 on Auto (I'm new to photography). Just got lucky I guess.
- Austin Kelly

I noticed my 5 month old pit bull mix, named Kardey, was 'fighting' with a green bug on the outside porch this morning. After much punishment, it appears the bug has lost not only a wing, but the battle as well, and Kardey is exhausted.
I got this shot by shooting through my back porch sliding glass door, so the extra level of glass diminished the colors a bit. I used Aperture 3 to bring the levels back up and make it look more natural.
And yes, that is a red plush rug that Kardey lays on when she's outside. I know she's a bit spoiled.
Olympus E-Volt E-300
40.0-150.0 mm lens
ISO 200 f/4.1 1/160
Aperture 3
-Marcus McDonald

5D MK II, 50mm 2.5, life size converter, extension tube, and Manfrotto focusing rail. No artificial light whatsoever, just shot with light glowing from worm! ISO 4000, 30 sec exposure at f/3.2.
I came home from work looking to shoot a few portraits of a fine lady friend of mine, and we just so happened to discover this guy in the yard. I really never knew we had these things in new jersey, but I guess we do! The shot that ended up being the keeper was like the second shot I took. I kept shooting for like a half hour, but nothing turned out as cool as this one.
-Robert Huber

I shot this on my balcony in Rome, Italy. Handheld and no flash.
Shot with a:
Sony A700
Sony 100mm f/2.8 lens (SAL-100M28)
Exposure Time: 1 / 250
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 100
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 150
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
- Giuseppe Mercadante

Canon 30D
68mm of Kenko Extension tubes,
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100
FEC: -2/3
This is my usual macro setup. I focused by *very* slowly moving the camera closer to the ladybug until I get the right spot in focus. This shot was the best one out of 40+ attempts.
-Noah Gampe

I shot this photo with a Canon 450D using a 70mm Sigma f/2.8 lens, the shutter speed was 1/125s, iso at 800 (it was starting to get dark out so, regretfully, I had to use such a high iso speed) and aperture at f/2.8.
This guy really caught me by surprise, I was on a photo trip and I jumped down off the walking trail that runs though town into a cement culvert when I saw it. The culvert itself is at the bottom of the massive hill my town is built on, near a wooded area. Anyways, the culvert ends in a fairly large pond and I had backed up to the very back corner of the culvert so I could get the widest possible shot of the pond when I looked to my left and realized there was a 3" dragonfly right next to my face (it was on a vertical wall). Truthfully I flipped out a little as it was A) massive and B) up in my face.
-James Waters

Camera: iPhone 4
I was visiting my friend in Chicago, and as I was walking down the path to her apartment, there was a dragonfly sitting on top of a metal pole. The pole was attached to a fire hydrant. I took out my new iPhone 4 and tried to get in close for the shot. I startled the guy and he flew up, thinking I lost the shot. Before I could even move he landed right back down on that same spot. I then took the picture.
-Alex LaFontaine

1/2500s at f/4.0 ISO 800 Focal Length 90.0mm
Heading out for an afternoon stroll to take some summer photos, my periphery detected a shimmering point of yellow light just below waist level . As I walked I turned to examine this point in a very " video game slow mo fashion" . This "Hoverbeefly" couldn't have been more photogenic, suspended perfectly still in the warm spring air, it gave me a chance to take 2/3 shots before whizzing off through the garden.
-Matt Johnson

Canon Powershot SX20IS
ISO 125
1/320 sec.
(Auto mode)
Took this on the way back to my office from my break. Saw the dragonfly sitting on that leaf and hurried back to get my camera. Didn't notice part of its wing was missing until after I took the picture. I particularly like the greenery in the background blurring as much as it did.
-Erik Judson

The photo was taken using an Olympus u830 point and shoot because the macro function is so very easy to use and often produces some pretty impressive results. This photo was taken earlier today - mid-afternoon on a nice British summer day and I saw a couple of flies about on the lawn. I returned, camera in hand, to find this one fly perched on a blade of grass. I carefully knelt down beside it and snapped away. Although most of the photos were a little bit blurred this one came out the sharpest and I really do love the colours in it.
-Henrik Cullen

This is a shot of a Crab Spider that nearly ate my face. I came within mere millimeters of snorting this little fella down my nose. Fortunately (for both of us), I backed off in time to not only spare (both of us), but to grab the camera and snap this shot. It's taken with a Fuji FinePix S602 Zoom (not an SLR) on its base Macro setting, manually focused. Pretty much point and shoot. And now you know where HTC got the background image for the Sense UI Interface ;-)
-Bryce Contento

Camera: Nikon D90 with AF Nikkor Micro 60mm f/1:2.8
ISO 200
Shutter 1/500
hand held - no tripod
When I saw Gizmodo's challenge to photograph bugs, I thought "I think I
could to that". So I got my new Nikon D90 and attached my old Nikkor 60mm
Micro Lens and to a walk around my house. I walked past all the shrubs and
flower beds and came up with nothing. Where are the bugs when you want to
see one. Surely they can't be camera shy. The second time around the
house I found a small bug eyed green fly and got some so-so photos before it
flew away. I was going to quit and try some other time but then thought
I'll go around one more time. Near where I found the little fly I saw this
small damsel fly. I tried to get a picture but it kept flitting from leaf
to leaf. Finally it must have found something good to eat as it held still
for a few moments giving me enough time to get this picture. I assume the
damsel found something good to eat for surely she couldn't have been
posing - could she?
-Duane Sager

Settings: Auto - Exposure:1/2000
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P100
Technique: Holding the camera in my hands
Story: I was walking around my house looking for good shot to take with my brand new camera when I stumbled upon this little guy.
-Jared Kraemer

This was shot in my front yard on a Sony TX7 in super macro mode. The grasshopper itself was only about .5 inch in length. The was able to get about .5 to .75 inch from the beast itself.
Sony TX7 f/4.5 1/400 sec. ISO-125 Focal length 4mm
I was laying down on the grass when I took this free hand shot, and I'm sure I felt other bugs crawling up my shorts.
-Huy Luu

The subject is a blue mud dauber (departed) and mounted on a pin. Equipment used was a canon 5D mark II and a canon 65mm MP-E macro lens at 2x magnification. EXIF data was ISO 160 1/125 @ f/5.6 with a canon flash set to 1/8th power. The final picture is actually 18 seperate images merged together to achieve complete focus from the tip of the foot to the back of the head. A seperate program is used to isolate and compile these in focus pieces from the 18 frames, and then the image was midly edited and resized in photoshop CS5.
This mud dauber flew into our lab and led us on a great chase from labs to offices before we finally caught him in a butterfly net. Weve noticed mud dauber nests on the outside walls of the lab so we knew some were around, but one flying into the lab was a rare occasion I decided to take advantage of. Though they are fierce looking creatures, they have yet to show any aggression or sting us. The irridescant colors on the body are difficult to capture with normal lighting so I used a bounce flash off a styrofoam cup
-Graham Snodgrass

This was shot with the Canon T2i witht the kit lense and a polarized filter. I was walking in Waimea Falls park in Hawaii(Oahu) and found this very large black bee covered in pollen. He was hopping from hibiscus to hibiscus gathering as much pollen as possible. Very cool to watch.
-Joe Swisher

Shot with a Canon EOS 7D and an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Settings used:
ISO: 400
Ap: 7.1
Tv: 1/250
Focal Length: 67.0mm
I went outside to have a coffee on the deck this morning and noticed this little fellow in the bush nearby hanging upside down in his web. I went and grabbed my camera and started snapping. I love spiders, unless they're crawling on me!
-Joel Dearing

A friendly earwig which has been seen often in our house. Weird little guys. Taken with a nokia N86, flash, macro mode. Contrast and color tweaked a bit on iphoto.
-D Rogers

Camera: Nikon D40
Lens Used: Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR
Focal Length of shot: 200mm (full zoom in)
ISO: 262 (chosen by Auto ISO)
Exposure time: 1/200s
Aperture: f/5.6
Girlfriend and I were walking through the park shooting things here and there. She noticed a dragonfly on a branch (I still don't know how she saw it) about 20 feet away. So I zoomed in all the way and framed the shot. I was lucky that the fly stayed put for the few seconds it took to get settled for the shot. There was enough light that I could shoot at full zoom with no tripod (just some steady breathing).
-Alan Smith

Pentax K100D
Quantaray 70-300 mm
1/180 sec @ F8
-Rick Bennett

Used a Canon G11 to take a picture of this bee in the garden at the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design. I used an aperture of 4 and a shutter speed of 1/400. Then I cropped the image and adjusted its brightness/contrast in iPhoto.
-Joel Beeby

Shot with a Canon A550, ISO 80, f/7.1, 1/60, no exposure bias, with the integrated flash.
I was actually aiming to take a picture of the flower, but when I saw the bug I remembered about the challenge, switched to macro, and snap. I know it's not actually contest material, but I hope to add more proof that point and shoot cameras are pretty decent, the only real limitation is the photographer.
-Slavescu Emanuel

-Canon T2i
-Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS Lens
-1/80 sec
-ISO 1600
-Lightroom to slightly remove grain from high ISO
I'm on vacation in my home town in Kentucky (I live in San Francisco) and I've been seeing so many lightning bugs every night, I finally decided to try to photograph some tonight. They are probably the most difficult subject I have tried to photograph, as they are very hard to find in the camera and get in focus in the first place, but to get a shot of them lighting up makes it 10x harder. I finally got around 3 shots out of around 200 of some bugs lighting up, and this one is the best that I got.
-Wes Mason

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EF-S 55-250mm IS lens
ISO 200
Focal Length 250mm
I live on an acreage in Canada and there's always lots of opportunity to photograph bugs (in the summer at least ;) ). I'm very impressed with this camera/lens combination when shooting small subjects at the minimum focus distance (1.1m/3.6ft) - gives the beasties some breathing room too. Excessively bright sunlight really helps. Found that most insects prefer the wild flowers to the cultivated ones.
-James Taylor

I found this Spider in a Bush alongside the Path leading to the Promontory at Stage Fort Park, in Gloucester MA. This Image was taken with a Canon T1i, using a " Tokina " 100mm AT-X Pro F:2.8D Macro Lens.
The Tv, was 1 / 160 Sec. and the Av. was F:2.8.
The Camera was hand held and no Flash was used.
-Charlie Carroll

This is a photograph of a polyphemus moth that I found perched on the side of my house on a hot afternoon. I calmly picked it up and placed it in a friends hand for a size comparison so you can really see the Moths enormous 6" wingspan. I got a few photos of it and moments later it got bored of us and flew away. Its remarkable to see a moth the size of a bird fly in the air!
Nikon D40
18-55m lens
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600
Aperture F5.6
-Justin Maurer

This picture was taken with my trusty iPhone 3GS. Was at my parents' house and this dragonfly just caught me out of the corner of my eye and I knew immediately that this picture could have potential. I don't have any taught technique, I just shoot with my eyes. All I did was take the picture with the native Camera app, use a little bit of the TiltShiftGenerator app for the focus and then the Photoshop mobile app to make it black & white and up'd the contrast to really bring the blacks out. Cropped it & threw a border on it and that was that! Turned out to be one of my best shots & I never had to touch a computer! Next up, flying cars & robot maids.
-Stephan Pearce


Canon Rebel T1i w/18mm-55mm kit lens
55mm Focal Length (+32mm of Kenco DG Auto Extension Tubes)
1/50 sec @ F5.6 - ISO200

Today I set out without the intention of shooting bugs at all. I do a Project 365, so the plan was to take some shot at the airport I was going to later in the evening. Prior to leaving, I had to water all of the flowers/plants around the house. While watering, I happened to notice this little guy (and I really mean little, he couldn't be more than 1 ½" long at the most). I decided to grab the camera and see what results I could get. Not wanting to frighten him, I decided to manually set the focus on the lens as wide as I could and just slowly inch my way closer until the eyes came into focus. With 32mm of extension tube attached behind the lens, the glass couldn't have been more than 1" away from its face; which probably explains the irritated look it was giving me. While I was able to put on the full 68mm of extension tubes and really zoom in and see the details, I choose this shot because of his very sinister look which is completely unrecognizable to the naked eye. Again, one of the bonus' to photography!
-Jeff Mezera

Hey guys! Hope this fits in the Inbox!
Shot on a Canon digital rebel
1/30 shutter speed
F4.0 ISO 400
with a 60mm 2.8 prime canon lens
I don't know how many times I've gone to do yard work and had to put down the shovel/gloves/axe/lawnmower/clippers/weedwacker, so that I could run inside and grab my camera. I was in the process of taking out the garbage when I found this gorgeous fresh web with a garden spider sitting in the center The web was spun between the garbage bin outside and the house, so I skipped taking out the garbage that week to give the spider a little more time.
-Royden Lepp

I used an old Canon Rebel XT with the new 100/2.8L IS USM macro lens. I shot wide open. Handheld. No flash. Many, many, many tries to get the focus right and a patient, bored girl friend waiting close by until I was done without getting upset (or, at least, showing overt annoyance).
Location was within the Olympic National Park (right at the shore of Lake Crescent), earlier today. The spider, precisely following Bergmann's rule, was smaller than a pinhead. The only reason it caught my eye was that the sunlight fell through the old growth's canopy in exact the right way as we were strolling along the trail. What a fabulous day in the Pacific Northwest!
- Alexander Maier

Shot in El Paso, Tx with a Canon 40D and 100mm macro lens, 1/320 shutter, f 8, ISO 400 hand held. Was taking pictures of an orange jumping spider and noticed a bunch of bees and wasps all over the mint plant at my parents house 4th of July week and snapped a few of this guy, this one is the best of the bunch. Only Adjusted the image for exposure and noise reduction. I retain all rights to the image as the original photographer. If including it in the contest in any way grants usage rights, please contact me so that I can work it out and still retain the ownership of the image. I have no problem with sharing but I know that some sites (such as Facebook) have a habit of coopting license and rights on photos. Thanks!
-Rob Winter

Shot using an Olympus Stylus 1030SW point-and-shoot set to Super Macro. Iso, Exposure, White Balance all set to Auto.
Spotted this Dragonfly* sitting down on a fallen log while on a hike (See: CLIMB) in the mountains near Roslyn, Washington. I took shots as I moved in closer and closer trying not to spook it...turned out it was dead (I hope that still counts). Needless to say I took the opportunity to take a few close ups, but the sun was already going down so the lighting's admittedly pretty poor. All the same, Enjoy.
-Chad Ballard