Macro Morning

As mentioned before, best macro shots are taken in the morning. Very early morning.

Right before dawn, it’s still too cold for the insects. The sun isn’t there yet to warm them up – so naturally, they’re not too active. Bees are found resting on flowers, barely moving, warming themselves up. Same about all other insects – beetles, ants, dragonfiles.. A wonderfull opertunity for any macro photographer.

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A view over Maccabim. Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 320 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 320 @105mm

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Nikon D7100, NIKKOR 18-105mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 320 @105mm

I had the chance to go on an early photosession a while ago. Living right next to the Titorah Hill mentioned a few posts ago, I had just to wake up, take my gear and go. That and not wake everyone else in the house, too.

When I got out of the house, it was still very dark. After a 5 minute walk I found myself looking for insects on the Titorah Hill. At first, I couldn’t find any of them, feeling almost disappointed. But, shortly after, I found the bees’ secret hiding place – some sort of white flower. They were either alone or in pairs on the flowers, barely moving, drinking the nectar.

I tried using lower apertures at first:

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, ISO 500.

I got really close to the bees with my camera (usually they’d fly right away) and they didn’t seem bothered by it. With the inverted 50mm lens, I could finally see all the details – the wings, the legs, the eyes..

Higher apertures produced better photos:

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/160s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

There are many paths spread acrossย the Titorah hill, so I just continued on the one I was already on. I found this nice beetle, that wasn’t too active either, and allowed me to get close:

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I like how you can see it’s tiny eyes.ย Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 640.

This was back in May, and Globe Thristles and Caper Shrubs were everywhere:

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 160.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 160.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO 160.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 320.

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1250.

The Titorah hill is also swarming with millipedes. They are mostly active at night (if you walk by the hill at evening you’ll see hundreds if not thousands of them sliding down to the sidewalk. Gross!) so some of them can be still seen in the early morning:

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Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISO 1000.

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And even a dung beetle was spotted. Nikon D7100, inverted NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, ISOย 250.

High quality images are avaliable on my flickr account.

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