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Thursday
Dec082011

Getting Down and Dirty

Photographing wildlife from a bug’s eye perspective is a simple way to gain a unique point of view.  While I always recommend a tripod with longer lenses, a nice alternative is to make your own ground level camera support like this. Ideally you want to be able to have the camera so low that it’s actually touching the grass, leaves, flowers, etc.  This may involve a few extra bug bites and muddy jeans, but the results are well worth the effort. 

In order to show the foreground as a blur of color, I like to use a wide aperture like f2.8 or f4.  This also works to de-emphasize the background elements.  I then place my autofocus point on the actual subject as that is the part of the scene I want the sharpest.

From this low vantage point, the animals usually don’t feel as threatened as they would were you standing up tall.  Since they feel more comfortable, it provides an opportunity to watch quietly through the viewfinder as the creature goes about its business.