In between the two short drives for photography on Sunday, I had chores to do, like organizing the garage a bit. But I did have a chance to check on the 2 ladybugs that have been spending time on some ornamental grasses in the yard. There were originally 3 but one of them flew off on Saturday.
The tough part about shooting insects, especially moving insects, is to focus on them in the composition of the photograph. With the Nikon D7000, there are 39 focus points available. I place the focus point on where I would like the ladybug to be, tracked the movement of it until it was on the focus point, tripped the back-button focus, and hit the shutter.
While the photograph has a nice beige tone due to both the sun and the grass color, I desaturized the orange and yellow tones just a bit so that the ladybug would stand out even more.
Other recent insect photos from my backyard:
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 200, 1/250 sec, f/7.1
Ladybug, Ornamental Grass. Ione, California. January 29, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.