What I went and did was acquire a twin flash unit which is semi-permanently attached to my 40D and 100 macro. At 1/250 sec I can actually hold still long enough to capture a sharp image. Shooting in the yard is about the only time I use the 40D. That pairing will remain even after the 180 comes home. I’ll admit, when I went out driving this morning I definitely felt something was missing. But this combo seems to give me the opportunity to handhold and chase insects in the yard and possibly elsewhere should I go that route. I had used the old 550EZ but that was mounted atop the camera and often shadowed the subject if it was lower than the camera.
I found two insects of interest this morning. One was the Fork-tailed Bush Katydid- Scudderia furcata.
I cropped square to get the entire katydid in the frame and have it large enough to appreciate the detail yet include the long antenna (the other one is tucked behind) and the outstretched rear leg. It is on Eastern Hay-scented Fern-Dennstaedtia punctilobula which we have in abundance in our small woods.
While in the middle of crawling around to get the better angle a sweet little Hoverfly- Toxomerus geminatus landed above and I managed to grab a couple of shots of him too.
I cropped to take advantage of the nice curl in the frond. All in all a couple of nice minutes spent with a couple of our yard critters. They haven’t been as abundant as in the past but maybe more will come along as the summer wears on.