Crossing the threshold

I have followed some very talented photographers on Instagram that photograph bugs and insects.  I have no idea how they do it.  Inspired by their talent, I decided it was time to take my insect photography to a new level.  By new level, I mean a controlled environment… aka: indoors.

But first, I needed a model.

This critter caught my attention while weeding.  All productive work ceased as I captured it with my hands and then transferred it to a now downgraded plastic food container.  Then I prepared my photography studio for my guest.  I wasn’t completely confident I could keep it confined and prepared myself for the worst.

The moment I crossed the threshold carrying a captive insect to photograph, I knew I was in a new category of unique.

But look at the photos!

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Sparkly polka dots complement the dapper Katydid nymph.

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Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Big Bertha)
Lens:  My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Date:  May 2016
Notes:  I think the model is a Fork-tailed Bush Katydid nymph.  Scudderia furcata.  After the photography shoot was complete, I released my model back into nature unharmed – but with tiny aspirations of becoming famous on my blog.