How can you shoot fast flying bugs?

Started Apr 24, 2006 | Discussions thread
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How can you shoot fast flying bugs?

Hi there,

This morning I had some time to kill while my wife had some minor surgery done to her hand. She was going to be away for two hours (under local sedation) and there is a great botanical garden as part of the hospital.

So I had my gear with me....I got a number of rare flowers but that was not the most interesting part, now there was a plant that seemed to attract all kinds of bugs, from lady bugs to wasps and bees...I took a lot of shots and a couple are not too bad and I am busy processing them.

Now this post is not about the good shots but those that are just not good enough....I will explain...on two occasions I felt the urge to try to capture those critters in these shots did not turn out too good since I was all set up for macro with the 500D and a reasonably slow shutter speed. So there was a lot of unsharpnes due to that. Now I am not a specialist in capturing flying bugs, I suppose you need a high shutter speed but is that enough? Would you use flash?

I know this is a real speciality and I have a book here showing incredible stuff but the shots in it are made with specialised equipment and not at all useful for a simple amateur like me.

So anybody have any experience with this kind of photography?

I will illustrate this with the 2 shots I took both not very good but I wanted to make use of the situation...the setting was right with the first shot but my reaction was slow and I could not change settings fast enough...oh well just see for yourself and tell me... if you are ready for that kind of shot how do you succeed it?

So comments are welcome!

Both shots D200 with 18-200VR & 500D.

The first one has only very slight crop (it is almost at 100%) Ps no digital trickery it is as I saw it only not sharp enough...

Second one is cropped a lot.

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