Dusted off the macro recently and got a few bugs while I had some spare time. Usual set up - outdated D300 with el cheapo Tamron 60f2 & kenko tubes & lighting via discontinued SB800 on bracket. Photographer is also well past his use by date
Yes I am sure the D400 is not far away. If the D800/600 did 8fps I would be happy picking up one of them, though if I only shot macro I would probably already have one If the D5200 had FP sync flash mode I would consider that just as a dedicated macro body.
I watch a show here called Wild Ohio. It's a soup to nuts program but one episode they had a Entomologist on that was studying spiders. He used a pole and a net to knock them out of the trees. He would then capture one and put it in a small plastic tube (about the size of a film container). He would then gas it with a small amount of CO (I think it was CO). It was enough to incapacitate it however it did no harm to the insect and after a little while it would "wake up" and off it would go.
Hi Terry, I never use anything to sedate my subjects as it really is unnecessary. From time to time I will relocate them inside or somewhere more practical. Also sometimes I use bait (like honey) to attract subjects and keep them occupied while I take photos.
Jumping spiders are fairly inquisitive and often 'pose' for the camera and I can usually coax them onto my hand so pretty easy to capture. With flies, most feed on pollen so when they are feeding they pretty much ignore the camera. Long legged flies (doli's) are probably the most skittish and tend to turn away from the camera as well. With bees it's easiest to get them when the temperature is low or when a storm front is coming through they tend to be more sluggish and after rain you can usually find some that are still warming up that are easy photograph (I like to put them on my finger and photograph them that way).
At the end of the day it's knowing your subjects and their behaviour that allows you to get plenty of shots with out having to gas, freeze or kill your subject
We have purple cone flowers in the front yard which the bees love. Come fall, along with cool nights, you're able to see the bumble bees laying on their side, on the flower tops, in the morning. They won't move until the sun starts their engines again.
I would never kill an insect to photograph either. I go out of my way to make sure that spiders found in the home make it outside alive. I always try to keep a small footprint.