16/52: Red insect

Macro + bug = love

Mid-May I took a macro photography course. It was interesting, fun, and a bit exhausting. I was the only person there who wasn’t already an acquaintance or friend of the instructor, but the guys were all super friendly. I was also the only person there who didn’t really know what they were doing (they all obviously spend a lot more time learning the ins and outs of their cameras, had more gear, etc.), but no one seemed to mind.

We went to Henriette Louise Edwards Park (if you are in the city and haven’t been there yet, go – it’s really lovely and there are tonnes of things to take pictures of). I took a million pictures (ok, only 260+) and deleted more then half of them (a lot of them were crap because of the wind or because they were experiments in trying to learn what I was supposed to be doing). This picture was one of my favorites.

I was trying to get some neat pictures of the lichen on the tree (none of them turned out) when I suddenly felt something land on my hand. I peaked up long enough to see that it was this bug and gently shook my finger. The bug didn’t budge, so I left it. Eventually it moved, and when I looked I noticed that all it had done was move to my lens, where it stayed for a while. Then it flew onto the tree, where it (thankfully) stayed long enough for me to get three quick shots. This one’s the best.

That’s the story behind the photo that I picked for week 16 of my 52 week challenge.

You can see the rest of my macro pictures here.

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