I try not to share just a macro shot or two, but a macro photography tip as well in my blog. And I am not going to make any exception here. This macro photography tip, however, will only work if you have a short or medium focal length macro lens, such as the Canon 100mm macro lens, Canon 60mm macro lens, or the Canon MP-E65 1X-5X Macro Lens.
But first a bit of story and drama first :D
A bee fly (Bombyliidae) on hand is better than ten in the bushes.
I found this tiny bee fly (Bombyliidae), no more than 4mm i think, on a leaf but when i tried to photograph it, the bee fly took off and started hovering around me. I put my left hand near the bee fly and lo and behold - the bee fly (Bombyliidae) it perched on my hand. Perfect. Contrary to popular beliefs, it's actually easier to shoot one-handed for as long as part of the lens is rested against the left hand. It's a brilliant slr macro photography tip / technique I learned from one of my mentors LordV.This macro technique will need quite a bit of getting used to but keep at it and you'll benefit from this simple yet wonderful macro technique tremendously.
I snapped as many shots as i could with a pink leaf on the background.
All with 40D, MPE65 1X-5X macro lens, MT24EX twin flash with DIY Concave Diffuser. Full flash: 1/200, F11, ISO100, handheld
The moral of the story - keep trying. If you don't try, you'll never know. The same skittish insect you saw yesterday might be super cooperative today.