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Dancing Ladybird



While I was taking this image, the Ladybird was very anxious to be gone. She was on a Clematis Leaf. At this point she almost looked like she was 'dancing...
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While I was taking this image, the Ladybird was very anxious to be gone. She was on a Clematis Leaf. At this point she almost looked like she was 'dancing' :)
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sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 January 22, 2016
Love this!:)
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography January 24, 2016
wonderful detail ... fantastic shot !
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz January 25, 2016
Great macro and detail!
Kathy_Banich
 
Kathy_Banich January 25, 2016
A phenomenal image - the focal plane pulls our attention to the area most important; the face! This was not an easy capture - Nice Work and might I add a beautiful gallery. :-)
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis February 18, 2016
Wonderful detail love the angle:-)
exsaman
 
exsaman February 21, 2016
lovely shot
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson April 26, 2016
Such interesting detail! This is beautiful.
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers July 04, 2016
Excellent macro!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 11, 2016
Wonderful details, voted Small Things in Nature
terryc PRO+
 
terryc October 25, 2016
Huge congrats on your beautiful finalist, Gail!!!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 October 25, 2016
congrats on your finalist award .. so well deserved !!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer October 26, 2016
Congratulations!~ Finalist in Small Things in Nature!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz October 30, 2016
Congratulations on being a Finalist in Small Things In Nature Photo Contest for October, 2016! Well deserved!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq October 30, 2016
Wow, Gail - how amazing! Congrats on being a finalist!!!
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography October 30, 2016
fantastic capture and well deserved award .... congrats !!!!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 November 15, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS !!! being a finalist, good luck, ester
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 January 27, 2017
Don't know how I missed this one....beautiful!!
mihrt
 
mihrt January 31, 2017
Boy I really made a mistake.........entered this one in Mountains and the Sea..........my mind was definitely somewhere else!!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 April 09, 2017
Voted My Best Shots
adavies PRO
 
adavies August 27, 2017
Great macro, Gail! Love this little guy! :)
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana August 31, 2017
Nice macro!
sdrake67
 
sdrake67 April 29, 2018
Perfect

Behind The Lens

Location
I saw my dog interested in something on the floorboards of our Deck. Before she decided to have a 'taste test' I scooped the Ladybird up and decided to use her as my subject that afternoon.I took a few leaves and some blossoms from a Clematis to add color and proceeded to go to the table under our Gazebo on our raised Deck. It was extremely hot and sitting in the shade of the Gazebo was a welcome change from the blistering heat.
Time
It was around 2:30pm - at this time of day the sun is usually shining from a Westerly direction.
Lighting
Because the sun was so brilliant, I searched for a spot where I could still get a decent exposure but also be out of the sun streaming into the Gazebo. I was very careful to choose a spot where the bright sun would not cause the shot to be over exposed.
Equipment
I used my Canon EOS REBEL T4i, my Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM. Leaving the Lens Hood on , enabled me to rest the bottom edge on the table, just a few inches away from the Ladybird. This always helps me to avoid more camera shake during shooting.
Inspiration
I already had my Macro Lens on my Camera with the intent of exploring my garden below the raised deck. Before I managed to get down to the garden I saw the brilliant colors of the Ladybird and knew I had my 'model' for this sunny afternoon.
Editing
I shoot in Adobe RGB and for Picture Style I always have my camera set to Neutral. Because I always open my images in Adobe CS6, I would rather adjust the color within the program rather than color presets that already exist in the camera. I find that if I choose Landscape or Standard Mode, quite often there is a lot of Color Noise in the Greens and Reds of an image. I usually print my images with my Epson Printer. The settings on the Printer are set to use Adobe RGB 1998 (Relative Colorimetric). Usually I am fortunate to have my prints pretty well match the color that I see on my Monitor.
In my camera bag
I usually always have my Canon EOS Rebel T4i, Canon EF 100mm f 2.8 Macro USM, Canon EF 200mm f2.8 USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM in my Bag. I also carry a few clean lint free cloths to use on my LCD screen, an extra Battery and Memory Card. Also I have my Canon 430 ll EX External Flash. My tripod is usually in my trunk in case I decide I want to use it. (in the near future I hope to purchase some filters to use and perhaps a Macro Ring Flash) When I choose the destination I am going to shoot at, I have already a intent in mind. I have a Leather Purse that converts to a Backpack. It is what I use while shooting and it enables me not to carry all my lenses with me. I may carry one other lens with me that I keep in my Purse/Back Pack. I also attach a Fabric Softener Sheet to my clothing. Yes it sounds strange but for some reason it helps to keep Mosquitoes and other insects away from you !
Feedback
Because I was fortunate enough to find the 'Ladybird' on my Deck - the only other thing I had to do was find some floral/leaf foliage to set the insect on. I could have gotten my Tripod and it usually helps with shooting insects - but the Ladybird was a bit too fast for me - Handholding was the only choice. I set up the Foilage at a decent distance from me that enabled good shots. Make sure you have a comfortable chair as well as you may decide to focus from farther away as well. Make sure you stay steady when pressing the Shutter - it is so easy to move when you press the shutter and this only adds to Camera Shake. My lens does not have Image Stabilization and I find I don't miss it when focusing. Practice your handholding skills whenever you can, KNOW your camera, familiarize yourself with the Quick Control Button on the back of your Rebel which allows you to easily access your Camera Settings on the LCD Screen without having to go into your Menu. Keep 'clicking' and most of all - ENJOY Mother Nature !

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