Ladybug Visualization

By: danitacahill

Jan 03 2012

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Category: bokeh, Macro, Mushrooms, Nature Photography


Focal Length:263mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

This photo was not what I was after.

I saw a ladybug crawling on a brightly colored clump of fungus and I visualized an interesting, colorful, maybe even a magical shot.

What I got was this. And this, believe it or not, is improved with post processing.

The problems were three – the light level was very low. Did I mention the ladybug was crawling? Low light and fast shutter speed to capture motion equaled either a nearly black or a blurred photo. The third problem was with the camera operator: I didn’t dial up the ISO.

By the time I realized my mistake, changed the ISO setting to 1600 and walked back to get another shot, the ladybug had vanished.

So, while I’d envisioned a shot maybe something like one of these – click here. Really. It’s so worth your time – these shots are incredible. And some feature mushrooms, so fits right in with my current series – what I got was this blurred shot.

I had fun with a couple of blurred photos from that same shoot. I’ll post them next. I mean let’s face it, we’re all gonna make mistakes, right? Might as well make the best of them.


5 comments on “Ladybug Visualization”

  1. NO!!!!! I LIKE IT!!! Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t even have a visualization. Look at this photo for what it is, and not what you expected it to be. It’s wonderful. Actually………it’s exquisite.

  2. Thanks Merilee. Glad you like it. Just goes to show how subjective art really is, huh!? I don’t hate the shot. But I do like to visualize the image I’m trying to capture beforehand. When it goes as planned, I give myself a five-second party. It’s true though, sometimes the “mistakes” turn out to become favorites. Thanks for the likes, the comment and for signing up to follow my blog. Appreciate it. I checked out your blog. Love your street photography. I haven’t done a lot of that, but like to look at it.

  3. Jennie, a friend of mine, wrote on my Facebook link, “Ladybugs…always a good sign for me. Love it. : )”

  4. Thanks for the comment, Jennie. May this ladybug bring you lots of luck that lasts clear through the new year! May it bring all of us good luck.

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