Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Looking and looking back

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When I knelt to photograph a yellow bitterweed flower head (Helenium amarum var. amarum) in Cedar Park on May 6th and looked through my camera’s viewfinder I found a bug staring straight back at me.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, I used point 11 in About My Techniques to create this image.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 31, 2017 at 4:55 AM

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  1. I’m sure there have been hundreds of times I’ve thought to myself, “What is that?” It’s amusing to see a bug that might well be asking itself the same question.


    May 31, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    • A lot of insects (most? all?) have compound eyes. That made me wonder whether insects can form a single image of something the way we do. A search turned up a link whose text (you can turn down the Strauss waltz) provides good information about that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 31, 2017 at 7:48 AM

      • What a great find. Apart from the information about the insect eyes, I noticed his mention of Haidinger’s brush. I’d never heard of it, but after reading about it, I gave the exercise a try using a white page on my computer screen. I didn’t see it, but it was interesting.

        As for the video, the insects particularly made me think about Esther Williams and her synchronized swimming films.


        May 31, 2017 at 9:58 PM

  2. My thoughts echo Linda’s. I took a photo of a small damselfly and was startled when I looked at the photo to see it had turned its head and was looking right back at me.


    May 31, 2017 at 9:04 AM

  3. That image – and your story – gave me a grand smile in the wee hours of this morning! It might be my all-time favorite – an instant hit! I hope that everyone else enjoyed seeing it as much as I…

    • ¡Un éxito instante! ¡Qué bien! Me alego que esta foto te haya dado una sonrisota.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 31, 2017 at 9:32 PM

      • Grrrrrrrrrrrrracias.. btw, some people say, ‘gra-the-as’ here….

        I just posted about email notifications…
        earlier I checked yours – I’ve missed several notifications of yours this week….

        • I’ve heard that there a few Spanish-speaking pockets outside of Spain where the th sound exists. I imagine it has to do with what part of Spain the colonists came from.

          Sorry you haven’t been getting your notifications regularly. Over the past couple of months some WordPress e-mail notifications have been coming to me days late.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 2, 2017 at 10:52 PM

  4. Such a great shot Steve 😃


    June 8, 2017 at 3:45 AM

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