From Strauss Louw:
“To capture this idea of the free spirit, I would suggest breaking some rules.” Stauss hit the nail on the head! Another way of saying this is: “think outside the box.” Don’t restrict yourself. Break free of the carved-in-stone rules of photography.”
Sure, there are specific “tried-and-true” rules of photography that will yield ongoing terrific shots. If I would have limited myself to those rules, I would have never thought about going after this image with the camera and lens I used.
What is there to learn?
Don’t be stopped! Feel free to explore. It may not result in 100% picture perfect shots all the time, but you just may end up with something great. In the end, at least you start to learn what you can and can NOT do with a specific lens.
You can only get great critter close-up shots using a good zoom lens or a 100mm+ dedicated Marco lens.
Capturing This Image:
Really, I didn’t think twice about what rule(s) I should consider to get this shot. I simply dashed inside, picked up my Nikon D300, threw on the Lensbaby Composer Pro Double Glass and added a +10 macro lens.
What you should know – Using the +10 macro lens with the Lensbaby requires that you get within 3-5 inch of your main subject for an in focus shot. Remember, critters are shy and will flee when your camera gets too close.
Here is the environment or plant I shot inside of to capture the Praying Mantis. “Yes,” I used my Nikon D300 with the Lensbaby pushed inside of this plant (Seen below. No long or zoom lens here.) and endured the Mantis moving around. In the end, it was worth the effort and breaking a rule of photography.
What rule can you go after and break to achieve the shot you see in your mind?