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Old 3rd October 2018
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Green Shield-bug Through Laowa 25mm at x2.5 and f8

Green Shield-bug Through Laowa 25mm at x2.5 and f8

I spotted this individual hanging around on the flower and stems of a Gladiolus in today's sunshine. It was walking in and out of the flower and up and down on stems. I was standing where there was no support to steady me. So, together with no experience of this lens on a mobile insect, and a bit of hand shake, there were few keepers from this session. Ideally, I would have fetched my flash guns but I had no idea how long the bug would stay.

I would normally have selected f11 or f16, to get the width of the head all in focus but I was more interested in eye detail. These were all shot at the same magnification but one is cropped by about a third, the others uncropped.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at f8, ISO 1600*.

*I would normally not venture beyond 800.


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