The grasshopper is front focussed, in my opinion. Not sharp at the head. Macro photography has always the difficulty of shallow depth of field. Increasing ISO and closing the aperture might be one remedy. Focus stacking for still objects another. But this grasshopper one is, as I see it, not properly focussed. Which is always imperative #1.When I looked at them I was a little bit confused that they all seemed to be a bit out of focus (OOF) or have some motion blur, see for example the black beetle's front leg on the right hand side, where you can see some motion.
I am glad that you appreciate it.SkynetTX said:Hello Maximilian!
Thank you for your detailed answer and advices.
Try out also ISO 800 or even 1600 and look if the results (esp. sensor noise) are still pleasing you.... and started to take macro photos this spring so I'm still learning how to use it. I will try to raise the ISO to 400.
I think that is totally okay but also try to avoid to narrow apertures like f/32 because it makes short shutter times difficult and also you will have some sharpness limitation because of diffraction.Most of the times I'm using the Aperture-priority AE program of the camera and select at least f/8 aperture to have a wider DOF. Tripod is a must for me as I try to get as close to the subject as possible and am using the EF-25 II extension tube many times to increase the magnification.
You can improve your technique during the winter with other subjectsUntil next beetle season begins here's a stink bug: Rhaphigaster nebulosa.