Dictyopharidae Planthopper

Dictyopharidae Planthopper

This spectacular planthopper belongs to the family Dictyopharidae. I photographed it using my new LumiQuest SoftBox III fitted on Godox V860C Ving ETTL Flash wirelessly (flash held in my left hand). This allowed me to change the direction of light as I wanted independent of the camera. But it created very awkward position I had … Read more

Dark Blue Tiger Butterfly

Dark Blue Tiger Butterfly

This Dark Blue Tiger (Tirumala septentorious) butterfly was captured using Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM on Canon EOS 5DS R. I was at Sammilan Shetty Butterfly Park testing the performance of Canon EOS 5DS R. It was hand held capture at ISO 800 to 1600 as light was low. Flash was not used … Read more

Xenocatantops Grasshopper Nymph

Xenocatantops Grasshopper Nymph

I found this short horned grasshopper nymph belonging to Xenocatantops species in my garden feeding on leaves. They belong to subfamily Catantopinae, which is classified under family Acrididae. These grasshoppers go through a drastic makeover during their adult life. These green nymphs will change their colour to dark brown/black with pale white stripe colored adults. … Read more

Ropalidia Social Wasp

Ropalidia Social Wasp

I found two foundress Ropalidia species of paper wasps, initiating a new nest on one of the granite pillars of my courtyard. I used my Canon EOS 5DS R fitted with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens, lit by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash with a DIY diffuser to capture these wasps and … Read more

Velvet Ant – Mutillidae

Velvet Ant - Mutillidae

I found this Velvet Ant, at Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park during my review of Canon EOS 5DS R. I used Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM with Canon EF 2X III Extender. Despite being a non macro lens, the closeup capability of this combination is quite satisfactory. Please note that the images here are … Read more

Green Tortoise Beetle – Cassida circumdata

Green Tortoise Beetle - Cassida circumdata

I found this Green Tortoise Beetle (Cassida circumdata) in my garden last Sunday. I was using Canon EOS 5DS R with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM illuminated by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. My homemade plastic diffuser was used to diffuse the light. Despite my best effort you can see some specular … Read more