Macro Photography: Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

This photo was taken two days in Morris County, New Jersey.  My typical daytime macro setup of the Tamron SP 90mm VC 1:1 lens and Canon EOS 60D was used handheld.  I do like to use a tripod as much as possible, but a paper-thin blade of grass blowing in the wind becomes an even more difficult target from a tripod.

Acronicta oblinita

An isolated view of a caterpillar with a contrasty yellow and black coloration photographed in portrait orientation.

A sharp frame after two or three DOZEN attempts at squaring up to the blade of grass, getting the camera sensor fairly parallel to the caterpillar, getting my composition locked in, and eliminating motion blur within the frame.  If you are going to bother trying to take a snapshot, you might as well take the time to make sure you’ve applied all of your skills and knowledge to the shot.

1/250th F/5.6 ISO 200 in Manual Exposure mode.

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