BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

BEAUTY OR BEAST

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I was pleased to get as near as I did to this Japanese Beetle. I’m beginning to photograph insects at a closer distance so that I don’t have to crop as much and to get more detail. I took this with my 105mm lens with a flash to slow movement and a diffuser to soften the light. The beetles can be tricky to take in the bright sun as they reflect light. The diffuser helps tone down the highlights.

Japanese Beetles are very destructive insects, eating through many crops, plants and trees. But as subjects to photograph, their iridescent colouring is very attractive.

40 thoughts on “BEAUTY OR BEAST

  1. It’s a beauty, like Christmas beetles here in Australia

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  2. Interesting your use of flash; I always use natural light for macro although it can be a struggle sometimes – maybe I should be more bold and try flash?!

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  3. Beauty. Objectivity is the key. Great shot.

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  4. I say ‘Beauty.’ No matter how much green he munches, he will never be as destructive as us. Beautiful captures of a much misunderstood beetle.

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  5. Your title says it all. Well done.

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  6. This is a stunning photo, Belinda. Not only is the beetle so gorgeous, he’s also intimidating, and his havoc is beautifully pronounced.

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  7. Great macro, well done.

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  8. The closer you get the more interesting and addictive macrofotography gets. Good job !

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  9. A beautiful beast. Great shot.

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  10. 🙂 Nice! They sure can be devastating to crops and certain trees!

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  11. This photo says it all! I’m leaning towards ‘beast.’ 😉

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  12. Great close up ! Well done!

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  13. This is a wonderful picture!

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  14. Nice result on the iridescence and great detail on the beetle. I like the way you captured the damage to the leaf, too,

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  15. I take it he must have eaten all those holes. Thanks for the lens and diffuser tips, must try out the one I brought. 🙂

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  16. It looks similar to one of our Garden Chafers. Excellent photo!

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  17. awesome closeup and great capture of its destructive capabilities, too!

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