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kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle January 26, 2015
Beautiful - voted insects
samueldeavers
 
samueldeavers February 16, 2015
Great color and details. Love it!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken while on a family outing to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw South Carolina.
Time
This photo almost instantly became one of my favorites from the moment the shutter snapped. It was taken around noon on a bright sunny day where there wasn't a cloud in sight.
Lighting
The sun was blazing bright, directly overhead and quite harsh on this particular day. I remember having to take my time and find the best angle to insure that I wasn't getting any lens flare.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon D3200 with a Micro Nikkor 40mm DX 2.8G lens. I also had a circular polarizing filter on the lens.
Inspiration
I finally received my new Macro lens and was more than eager to try it out. We had just finished watching the Birds of Prey flight demonstration and decided to explore the site on our own. I was immediately drawn to a large bed of brightly colored flowers that was bustling with activity. There were butterflies and bees galore going from flower to flower collecting nectar. I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
Editing
I always shoot in RAW format and typically do some post processing in Lightroom. However, for this photo I didn't need to. I believe by using the polarizing filter and having such amazing sun I was able to capture the true raw beauty as I saw it.
In my camera bag
At the time this photo was taken I always carried my Nikon D3200. I have since upgraded to the Nikon D750. With that, I always have my Nikkor 50mm 1.8, 40mm Macro and my 24 to 120mm. I also carry my SB-800 Flash, a F-stoppers flash disc, extra batteries, memory cards and lastly my trusty Gorilla-pod.
Feedback
Patience...patience...patience. That is the key. Don't be afraid to get close. Take your time and really think about your composition. What is your main focus? How do you want your viewer to be drawn into your photo? Sure you can be snap happy and possibly get one good shot out of many. But, if you slow down and take time to enjoy the beauty of what you are attempting to capture and do it with purpose, hopefully your viewer will be able to see it as you intend for them to.

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