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Sony A7R + Isco Gottingen Isconar 4-135 on bellows

Sony A7R + Isco Gottingen Isconar 4-135 on bellows
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Behind The Lens

Location
Photo was taken in Zrnovnica by the small river with same name, near city of Split in Croatia.
Time
Photo was taken in afternoon about 17h on 21st of April on a beautiful spring day.
Lighting
For almost all of my nature shots only natural light is used as additional light source or gear like flash with diffuser can scare or distract bugs I like to shoot.
Equipment
Sony A7R with lens Isco Gottingen Isconar 4/135 on bellows, hand held.
Inspiration
When I shoot bugs I always try to find a good scene instead of creating one artificially. So I try to be unobtrusive and I like best to "catch" shoot while bug is acting naturally. Such scenes and moments usually go unnoticed, but when shot in macro that ordinary every day moments become interestiing and you get to see and study something from different perspective with details you don't notice with naked eye.
Editing
Photo was cropped, with some minor adjustments of color, highlights/shadows and contrast.
In my camera bag
Depending on what I plan to shoot I carry different lenses and accessories. My camera choice is Sony A7R - because I use mostly old manual lenses and they can all be adapted to mirrorless. So when going to nature with macro shots in plan beside A7R and few batteries I carry Sony FE 28-70mm (just in case), adapters for manual lenses, few manual lenses and some extension tubes or bellows.
Feedback
Often when looking at macro shots I see some spectacular photos of bugs in incredible situations and poses, most of people will not think about it but just admire the photo but as I like to spend time in nature looking and shooting bugs first thing I notice is staged shot and then I think about what had to be done to bugs or animals to be in that unnatural pose and that saddens me. In my opinion if you shoot nature it means you love nature, and life/nature is best represented when acting normally and catching some real unusual scene or making some normal moment interesting by showing it from different angle or perspective is a challenge and as such more rewarding and fulfilling. You may not always get perfect technical shot or spectacular moment but if you love nature you should shoot it as it is and respect it too no matter how big or small it is...

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