One of the nice things I can do through my blog is not only share photographs but experiences as well. Although I don't share every detail of my life here I do let you get to know me, my environment and my family. Now we are in India where my wife is from visiting family and to attend a wedding. We also have a house here that we built on her land where she grew up.
Now one thing about this country is that it is very colourful. From the clothes to the buildings to the insects. I found this interesting little fellow just outside our door and was taken by the colour and the design on it's back. For these two shots I put one of the extension tubes on the 24-70 f2.8 with the Canon 7D. I had the lens resting on the ground just inches from this bug and had the settings at f11, 1/200 sec and 1250 ISO. I had to manually focus and move in and out until I achieved critical focus. Fortunately it was not bothered by me and remained fairly motionless. I was very happy with the results.
I then hovered above him, moving my lens in and out until I got focus. This was hard to do hand holding and why I had chosen the faster shutter speed. I guess the design on it's back resembling a face is used to ward of predators.