Leatherwing Beetle

Photograph by John Troiani, My Shot

Leatherwing beetles are always visiting my marigolds, and I took this one with a Nikon D80 and Sigma 150mm macro lens, handheld. They are always moving, but this guy stood still and posed nicely for me.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

Photo Tip: Shooting flowers, leaves, and insects outside can be a challenge. A perfectly composed shot can be quickly ruined by just a whisper of a breeze. Stop unwanted subject motion and blur. Before you set up your shot, try planting a stick in the ground and tether the flora to it for stability. Use the fastest shutter speed possible and use a ring flash or flash units mounted to your lens if shooting at a low aperture.

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