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The importance of aperture, redux

Compare: I wouldn’t say that either image is better.  The first is dreamier, more abstract, more interpretive.  The second is crisp and illustrative.  Quite a difference for a small tweaking of camera settings! Most of my insect photography falls in the small-aperture realm of the second image, but on reflection I probably ought to play…

The importance of aperture

Among the least understood technical aspects of photography, at least for novices, is aperture.  Yet aperture has profound effects on the resulting image.  Consider the following series of photos, each taken with a macro setup of an MP-E lens on a Canon dSLR camera, focused at the foremost tip of an ant head head shot…

The tip of the trap

One perk of being at a research university is the opportunity to shoot the various study organisms on campus.  These subjects are interesting- they have to be, or they wouldn’t be studied- and when the research goes public I get the chance to disseminate my photographs with the science media outlets that cover the story.…