Alien Invasion

Having a yard in your house is perfect for any macro photographer – suddenly, you don’t necessarily need to go somewhere to take some nice shots.

I encountered this grasshopper while doing some house works – he was right next to the laundry hanger in the yard.

Catching it was pretty difficult but I managed to do so eventually. I put him in a jar and went to get my gear and some props to use as a background. The thing with macro is that depth of field is very shallow, especially if you use an inverted lens like I do. The objects you use as background aren’t seen in full detail at all, they look more like smudged stains of color.

My background of choise this time was.. candy. The kind of candy that comes in a shiny wrap. I carefully put them in the jar with the grasshopper inside, so it wouldn’t get hit by one. Insects are really fragile, and I really do my best not to harm them πŸ™‚

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/50s, ISO 250.

The light reflected on the candy and created a nice bokeh, almost looking like some sore of disco. As for the grasshopper himself – he reminded of a very frightening alien. Unlike the mantis, the grasshopper is very active – it tried to escape the jar many times and jumped aroundΒ alot.Β So taking nice shots was rather difficult.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 500.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 800.

Since there was glass between the camera and the grasshopper, using a speedlight (or the camera’s built in flash) wasn’t too optimal, since the light would just reflect on the glass. I used a flashlight and aimed it the best way I could so there wouldn’t be too much reflection but you could still see the grasshopper.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 800.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 800.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 1250.

Since a grasshopper is very, very detailed, I used a rather high apperture – f/8 and sometimes f/11, to get as many details as possible.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 1250.

High quality images can be found on my flickr account πŸ™‚

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Elisabet says:

    Grasshoppers are lucky! Remember!

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