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Insect Photography and Digital Cameras

Updated on September 27, 2014

Mini Beasts and Insect Photography in Art and Design on Zazzle

How to take pictures of insects. Bug pictures can be a challenge. I love taking bug photos and I love my digital camera. It has a 12X Leica zoom lens. The secret to take a bug photo is to use a good zoom lens.

Sometimes it is just as easy to hold the camera really close to the subject, but a combination of proximity, zoom and good fortune has helped me take some interesting photos. I love to take close ups of flowers and more particularly of birds, bees, butterflies and other pretty bugs. This page is about some of my bird, bee and bug photos and other bug art I have seen on Zazzle. For this lens, small is indeed beautiful! I hope you will enjoy these images.

Lens Photo is a fluffy crow I photographed in Vancouver, all other bug photos are my own work and some are available on Zazzle. Please do not copy


White Admiral on Brambles Card For Sale

Bug Photography - Black Butterfly at Harrison

This postcard I designed shows a black butterfly near Harrison Lake in British Columbia. This insect photograph was taken with my Lumix DMC-TZ6 camera. The butterfly was sitting on brambles by the lakeside near the original source of the Harrison Hot Springs and allowed both myself and my friend to take several close up photos. I believe he is a White Admiral butterfly.

Panasonic DMC-TZ5 Lumix Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5K 9MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5K 9MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)

This is a model down from mine, which makes it more affordable. It still has a 10X zoom lens which is great for long distance shots.


Insect Photography - Speckled Wood Butterfly Card On Sale

Beauty Is As Fleeting As A Butterfly

Cherish each moment and each gift of beauty.... It is a fleeting as this speckled wood butterfly I photographed on the river bank walk between Lincoln and Washingborough.

Best Digital Cameras Kits For Microphotography - Digital Cameras to catch Bugs with!

The Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 Digital Camera is a superb digital camera with 30x zoom and just what you need for microphotography.

Professional quality camera kit with 35x zoom and all accesssories.

Golden Dragonfly Card
Golden Dragonfly Card | Source

Golden Dragonfly at Harrison Lake

Bug photograph taken with a Nikon Coolpix camera in 2006

I took this photo on my first visit to Harrison in 2006. The occasion was memorable for two things, the Golden Dragonfly who camped near us and the mother of all sunburns that taught me to use sunblock in Canada!

St Francis Prayer - A Song for Peace

This is the companion photo to my card. I enhanced the colours for graphics on my song.


Seagull Flying Card For Sale

Seagull at Cleethorpes

This seagull was taking flying overhead at Cleethorpes if I remember right, although it may have been elsewhere. I happily snapped seagulls everywhere in 2008. This card has really done well for me on Zazzle.

Best Digital Cameras On Sale - Digital Photography Equipment on Amazon

Digital photography opens up the impossible to the amateur photographer including letting us play with direct sunlight. You can use this search to explore digital cameras and much, much more. Just type in the box.


Bug Photography - Simply Bee

Bees settles on purple flowers....

This again was taken with my Coolpix camera before it was lost in Boston last year. The zoom is not so great as on the Lumix so it was a case of creeping up on the bee to produce this pretty fridge magnet....

Bees, Flowers and Shakespeare - A Few Romantic Bugs from the Bard

To see this and other poetry cards in my Zazzle store please click the link and feel free to explore.
To see this and other poetry cards in my Zazzle store please click the link and feel free to explore. | Source

In this well known sonnet by the Bard of Avon, we are reminded that there is more to love than flattery! Shakespeare is saying he loves his mistress as she is, not some idealized "model" type. Not much changes....

My Mistress' Eyes

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;

Coral is far more red, than her lips red:

If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

I have seen roses damasked, red and white,

But no such roses see I in her cheeks;

And in some perfumes is there more delight

Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.

I love to hear her speak, yet well I know

That music hath a far more pleasing sound:

I grant I never saw a goddess go,

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:

And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,

As any she belied with false compare.

Sonnet 130 - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


To Bee or nor to bee?

Too Bee.... or Not to Be is a pun on Hamlet's famous soliloquy:

"To be or not to be- that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And, by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep

No more - and by a sleep to say we end

The heartache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to - 'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep

To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub,

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause. There's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life.

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,

The pangs of disprized love, the law's delay,

The insolence of office, and the spurns

That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

But that the dread of something after death,

The undiscovered country from whose bourn

No traveller returns, puzzles the will

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pitch and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.-Soft you now!

The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remembered."

 Where the Bee - Hydrangea Blossom by Persimew
Where the Bee - Hydrangea Blossom by Persimew | Source

Where the Bee sucks

Most commonly heard in the song version by Thomas Arne, this faerie poem, Ariel's Song, originally comes from TheTempest.

Where the bee sucks, there suck I:

In a cowslip's bell I lie;

There I couch when owls do cry.

On the bat's back I do fly.

After summer merrily:

Merrily, merrily shall I live now

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Lumix Cameras and Accessories

My new camera is a Lumix with 12X Leica Zoom. I am very happy with it. It has a rechargeable battery, so it is useful to know I could replace these parts if needed.

I seriously hope you like bugs too! I will be adding more I promise, as time goes by. Thanks for visiting.

The Birds, the Bees, The Bugs, The Hogs and the Bard all say.... - Thank You For Visiting

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    • suepogson profile image


      6 years ago

      Bugs rock ....

    • savateuse profile image


      6 years ago

      you were my 300th comment. Lucky you!

    • savateuse profile image


      6 years ago

      Ms Earhart, I presume...

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful. You have such good timing. Birds and insects take patience but make interesting subjects. Of course, your friend's photos are very good, too! Bright and sunny and wonderful to enjoy in the winter! :)

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      Senora M 

      8 years ago

      Very cool pictures! Nice lens!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      You got some great photos. I especially like the one of the dragonfly. I got into photography much more than ever before on my recent trip to Nepal, so the title of this lens caught my eye. I've got a Canon Powershot (can't think of the model number at the moment), and it's really good, but now I want to get an even better camera that can take better close-ups like these.

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @PNWtravels: They do that! The bees were very jumpy yesterday! LOL Thank you for visiting :)

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @aishu19: Seeing the beauty is the thing - taking time just to take it all in. That in itself makes me smile :) Thanks for the encouragement!

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @burgessvillian: Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed them :) I tried to take some more bees yesterday on buddleia but the bush is well past its bees and the bees are jumpy!

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It is so difficult to get great photos of insects since they often move frequently and scare easily. Very beautiful card!

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      I love bug photos, and like the cards you made from them. The butterfly quote hit me today as it fit a project I am working on. It looks like we have something else in common...a love of photography and catching shots of those "little things" .

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      8 years ago

      I love your Zazzle products...its takes talent to create such beauty from the simple things that lie around us

    • burgessvillian profile image


      8 years ago

      Very nice pics. Thumbs up.

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @mbgphoto: Thank you! I am very grateful for your visit and encouragement here and on SquidU. You have some lovely Butterfly lenses too!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very you card designs.


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