This is a Soldier Beetle which I found in the field across the road from our house in May 2012. I believe the Latin name for this variety is Cantharis Rustica.
This was taken with a Pentax K-r and a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1:1 macro lens. In order to hand hold the camera and get enough depth of field to keep the beetle in focus I had to raise the iso to 2200 to get the shot at 1/125 @ f/8.0. A little bit of noise reduction was applied in Lightroom and I also cropped the images to get a 2x magnification from the original picture.
- Pentax K-r
- Tamron 90mm f/2.8
- iso 2200
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