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Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus)

Pyrrhocoris apterus

Above you can see a Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) which I found on my way while wandering through my town. I like the patterns and colors of the Firebug and I guess the name fits very well to the appearance of this bug. I am little bit sad because I took several close-up images of the insect but this little friend was in hurry so that it was not easy.

I thought I would have one very nice close-up shot but at home I did notice on my computer that most photos were too blurry and the photo above is the only good one. This is a situation where I do think that I need a DSLR or SLR because I could focus subjects way faster than with a cheap digital camera, I guess. I do already save for a better camera but it will take some time. I want to dig deeper into the photography hobby, so that this is my plan for the future. Especially macro photography seems to be very interesting in my opinion.

Anyway, I am happy that I have now at least one photo of a Firebug, even if it´s not the best photo.


    • This sounds interesting too! I have heard about the filter lenses in a video review on youtube and this is indeed quite interesting and a cheap alternative. Another person suggested also that there are things called “reverse ring” and this works well too, they said. It´s basically inverting the standard lense and will allow to shoot macros too.

      It´s interesting that there so much possibilities. But now is the first mission to save up for a decent camera… but then the other things become interesting too until I saved up for a macro lense, right. I found your article now and will read through. Thank you 🙂

      • I’ve heard of the reverse rings but I don’t like to take my lens off a lot. There’s always the possibility of dropping it. The close-up lenses came in a little leather case with a tab on the back. I threaded my camera strap through that tab so I’ve always got the lenses with the camera. Not sure the reverse lens comes with a case. Last thing I’m going to do is lug a bunch of equipment around with me in a camera bag when I’m sightseeing.

      • You make a good point. I mean there are lot of interesting things and I am already amazed by what you can attach to the camera, not to talk about all the other equipment. A lot of stuff has its purpose but you a right, at the end you have to carry all the stuff with you. Changing the lense a tons of times and accidentally drop a 400 dollar piece for example to the ground… well I guess this would hurt 😀 Good point.

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