There are 2 important “ingredients” for getting good insect photos.
First one is patience. When you’re in an area where insects are likely to be found (say near a forest), you should always do a thorough research of the surroundings by slowly walking along flowers and trees and paying attention to potential “targets”. Better said you should effectively try to sweep the area for subjects. Sometimes you even need to go in circles, but it’s definitely worth doing it!
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Second, you should walk carefully, without making much noise, as there are many insects who get easily scared (from my personal experience butterflies are on top of the list, while locusts are much easier to get close to). What I usually do is make the first photo as soon as I spotted the insect and then continue to shoot further pictures, while I slowly approach it. In some situations I only obtain close-up (and not macro) photos, before the insect notices my presence and flies away. Sometimes I manage to follow the subject until it lands on another flower and then repeat the process, while in other cases the “prize” simply goes way beyond my reach.
This “hunt” can take more hours, until I get satisfied by the number of subjects I captured on my camera. It ain’t easy at all but the results can be … wowwww!
Below you can find some pictures taken this spring. Enjoy and remember: have patience, pay attention to details and advance carefully! You’ll see the difference.
See you soon 🙂