Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle has been on my wishlist for a long time.  During my previous macro outing to Upper Seletar Reservior where we found quite a no. of tiger beetles at a sandy playground, I did not get any nice shots as they are very active.  Tiger beetles are not called the "fastest land insect in the world" for nothing!

(Front View - Upper Seletar Reservior, 18 Aug 2010)

Accordingly to Yan Leong, it is best to prone down flat on the ground to have nice eye-level shots.  Also, to have a higher success rate of capturing this super active insect, it is necessary to fix a 1.4TC so that you do not need to go too near to scare away the sensitive tiger beetle.  I followed this advice and was rewarded with a decent frontal and side view of this beauty.

(Side view - Upper Seletar Reservior, 18 Aug 2010)

(YL demonstrating how to shoot a tiger beetle)

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