Assassin Bugs Take Flower

Smart Cameras

The iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4, among others, are the latest smart cameras that happen to also make phone calls. Their sample images in reviews look fantastic! But picture this, not long ago, cameras didn’t have phones built into them. My first digital camera was a 3.2 Megapixel Canon PowerShot A400. It wasn’t much, but I was able to take a shot with it that, to this day, is still one of my all-time favorites.

Shooting Bugs

One day, before the iPhone existed, my wife and I visited Maas Nursery in Seabrook, TX. The place was huge, full of pottery and plants and photographic opportunities. I happen to like macro shots with flowers and bugs, so that’s what I aimed for.

Of the many pictures I captured with bugs on flowers, one takes the prize for me. I don’t know what kind of flowering plant this is called, but the insects are Assassin Bugs. This image is awesome to me because of the composure of the bugs within the full framing of the flowers, the pose of the main bug, and the secondary color complements of orange, purple-ish, and green.

Smart Photography

Given this example of a photo made with a low resolution, tiny sensor in a “dumb” camera, it goes to show that specs and hardware are not the most important parts of the art of photography. A good subject with good lighting and good framing is what counts the most.

But imagine if macro lenses became standard on the newest smartphones! My wallet is ready to open.

What was your first digital camera? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

Pincushion Cactus

Several years ago, my wife and I visited Lake Brownwood State Park in Texas. We got away from the kids for a few hours and had our cameras to enjoy the outdoors.

Down in the dry dead leaves, I found some succulents known as pincushion cacti. One in particular caught my eye, so I began to work it. I used my Canon S5 point-n-shoot, it’s best feature being the vari-angle screen.

You can swivel the display out and around to almost any angle. It’s excellent for putting the camera down low to the ground to capture macros of flowers and bugs.

That’s how I snapped this photo. But to make it better, I worked it in Lightroom with a radial filter or two and some global tweaks to adjust the lighting and color. Basically, I slid the sliders until I got what looked good to my eye.

For this shot, I like the muted warm colors and the texture. I tried to spotlight the cactus to pop it out from the background and surroundings.

You can also view this in my Gallery here. You won’t find it on Instagram. I do happen to have this one on my Flickr.


What’s your favorite camera to use right now? Do you have any tips for me on this picture? What would make it better? Leave a comment or message me. Thanks!