Insects never fail to mesmerize. They are everywhere around us and nobody realizes them (if they are not of the bloodsucking kind). But once a macro lens is pointed at them the intricate beauty is revealed. Here are some macro shots I took with my Nikon D610 and the Nikkor 105mm f2.8 macro lens. Nothing special to report about the shoot. I worked handheld with a fast shutter speed (bee and moth/butterfly: 1/1250s) to avoid motion blur. The insects were resting on grass and flowers which moved in the wind, so a quick shutter speed, continuous autofocus (AF-C) and stabilization at the lens turned on was a must.

Getting a sharp shot in a situation like this is a mixture of luck and patience. The insects move quickly and don’t stay at one place very long. Especially bees usually only present their rear to the camera since they dive into the flowers head first while gathering pollen. Only when arriving or leaving at a blossom they can be photographed from the front. I went into a stable position (I kneeled down and rested one elbow on my knee) and did my best  to get the focus on the insect’s eye.

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