On display this time are three macro images taken at 70mm, with flash, and near the house. The boys and went in search of subjects, armed with a shoe-mounted flash, hoping to highlight the closeup performance of this combo. At top, we see berries growing on the stalk of an American beautyberry bush. These grow in dense clusters at the base of each pair of leaves, and are intensely purple. They are supposed to be easy to grow, and I'm going to test that... I've gone around my place tossing berries alongside the road, and hope to see the road lined with beautyberries next year.
A katydid poses on the outer window sash, and was a good sport tolerating a very close-up shot with flash to boot. And on the right, we have a long-snout butterfly who also co-operated with my photography attempts. Each animal posed for at least three shots, and these were the best of each series.
Flash photography and macro go hand-in-hand. It's the best way to combine hand-held photography with low light and small apertures. Plus, since the flash impulse is microseconds, then unless combined with long shutter speeds, that kind of illumination will often yield sharp detail. Don't forget to use your diffuser, or bounce the flash when possible. I could have done that with these two photos (bottom) to cut down on highlights and even out the light.