Behind the Frame – Macro Mite

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment


Canon 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8 L Macro IS, 1/640, f/5, ISO 400


On a recent trip to the Tuli Block in Botswana I came across hordes of bright red velvet mites on the ground.


Those of you who’ve seen them before will know that they’re about the size of your pinkie nail! My goal was to get a close up shot with just the mite’s face in focus. I got onto my stomach and supported the camera and macro lens with my hand. A beanbag or tripod would not have worked, since the mite was constantly on the move.


Because of the movement I switched over to AI Servo, which allowed me to constantly track the little guy.  This was the only shot out of 20-odd photos that had only the face in focus.


Villiers Steyn


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