I am always amazed at the places photo opportunities present themselves. Recently I was enjoying a cream tea outside a cafe. As I watched the inevitable cloud of wasps descend on the strawberry jam, I had an idea…
As is often the case, I had my basic macro setup with me (100mm macro lens, flash, off-camera lead, diffuser). With some carefully aimed flash, the plate in the background was transformed into a perfect white background for a cutout shot. My friend Tom kindly provided the photo below, should you be interested to see my rather basic lighting setup.
One of the challenges of insect photography is concentrating on getting your subject in focus whilst ignoring the whispered comments from bemused onlookers.
Images and text copyright Alex Hyde or Tom Hartman (second image) – www.alexhyde.co.uk