Eye contact. There’s just something about photography, and eyes. Many times you can have the most technically perfect photo possible, but it still may fail in the eyes of a viewer if the main subject isn’t making eye contact with the camera.
It’s awfully hard to tell whether an insect is making eye contact with you!! However, the success or failure of a macro shot of an insect is also heavily influenced by how well you captured the eye. I have a friend at work who is also heavily into photography. He doesn’t shoot birds or macro, yet when I started showing him photos of what I’ve been doing with the new lens, he immediately said “zoom up, let’s see the detail in that eye!!”. When shooting macro, you have such a tiny, tiny depth-of-field (the portion of the image that’s in focus). In most cases, the photographer needs to decide what part of the photo is going to have critical focus, and what parts are going to be blurred. And in most cases, the choice of the photographer is easy…put the critical focus on the eyes and head.
Thus, the choice to show a variety of buggy eyes for this morning’s post! Many of these insects are tiny little critters, half an inch long or less, so these photos don’t represent the full-frame shot from my Canon 70D and Canon 100mm 2.8L IS lens. These are all “cropped” shots, yet it gives you some indication of the detail you can extract with this set up, when a zoomed-up, cropped photo of an insects eye shows such good detail.
As always, click on any photograph for a larger view.