Day 107: Caterpillar

by Ivan Steenkamp April. 21, 2017 1075 views

17-04-17

Another macro post. I really love to see the small details of insects. This particular caterpillar was given to me by my Mum. I'm not sure what species it is.

I used my usual macro setup to get these photos, i.e. Camera with lens reverse mounted (in this case the 50mm ƒ/1.8), and external speed-light with a homemade softbox.

A green caterpillar sitting on a green leaf. Light blue background.

Composition rules used: Golden Ratio, Depth of Field.

Detailed caterpillar on a green leaf.

Composition rules used: Depth of Field, Golden Ratio.

A spotted green and orange caterpillar on a green leaf with blue in the background

Composition rules used: Depth of Field, Rule of Thirds, Negative Space.

Metadata: D5300, 50mm ƒ/1.8 reverse mounted.

Lighting: Yongnuo 568EX II with a homemade softbox.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Dfine, Sharpener Pro, Color Efex Pro.

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The life cycle of a caterpillar has four parts: egg, larva (the caterpillar stage), pupa (the chrysalis stage), and adult (the butterfly or moth stage). As caterpillars grow, they shed their skin, or moult. They can moult as many as four or five times.

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Thomas Glaser 2 years, 7 months ago

That is really impressive! You have an excellent eye for colours and composition!
(and it makes me miss my favourite reverse-mounted lens and adapter) :-)

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Thomas Glaser 2 years, 7 months ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad you also know how exciting it is to do macro photography. ☺

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Thomas Glaser Replied to Ivan Steenkamp 2 years, 7 months ago

Indeed it is! First thing I learned is how tricky it can be to light your little subjects! And then the crazy low DOF!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 7 months ago

Impressive work Ivan.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 7 months ago

Your very kind. Thank you!

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