Working with big macro subjects

Macro photography is taking pictures of tiny stuff. So what do you do if the stuff turns out not to be tiny?

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praying mantis

If you come across something larger than your normal macro subject, then why not grab the chance to get right in close for an interesting detail. The head of this large praying mantis was almost as big as some of my other (smaller) macro subjects, so I just filled with the frame with it. I took some other pics too, moving back to capture the entire body like how I normally work, but I didn’t like those shots nearly as much as this one.


And one more thing that happens when you fill the frame with just the head and shoulders of an insect — you get to see all sorts of fine details!

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