The Making of Two Creative Closeups

These were both captured with the incredible Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 lens and the EM1 camera body. For the first shot, I positioned myself to shoot into the sun and got down very low to the ground. The backlighting worked to highlight the edges of the flower and the wide aperture of f/2.8 provided terrific bokeh, throwing the entire background out of focus. Meanwhile the bee slowly made it's way towards the top of the flower like a mountain climber reaching for the summit. Using a very fast shutter speed of 1/1000 I was able to freeze its motion completely. Looking at the image at 1:1 in Lightroom, the detail is simply astounding. This was shot handheld.

When I came across this field of lavender, these beautiful moths were dancing about, only stopping occasionally to rest on a flower. I decided on a vertical orientation and metered to hold the detail in the white tones of the moth. This particular capture was special due to the moth in the background which landed in the perfect spot. At f/2.8 it became a white glow in the distance. This helped to really bring attention to my main subject in the foreground. The wash of purple color on the sides was created by shooting through lavender flowers that were very close to the lens. It's a technique I've come to enjoy as it gives an image more depth, and a painterly quality. In looking at this series of shots, it took 72 captures before it all came together in this frame.