Award winning macro photograph of a long horn beetle.

A Chance Encounter

This photograph was taken a few years ago while I was at a local nature reserve. I had just finished a family photo shoot and I was packing all of my kit back into the car when this mini-beast took me by surprise and flew past my head, and yes I let out a little squeal. I saw him land on the car and he spent some time crawling around the wing mirror, at one point I could swear he was checking out his reflection.

I quickly attached the macro lens and crept as close as I could, dialled in some settings and aimed the camera. At this point he had his back to me so I fired a test shot to check the settings. But before I could check he scuttled around, looked right at the camera and then flew off! Luckily I had managed to grab a picture before he made his escape.

Not a lot of editing required, just a slight crop and removed some marks from the car (yes it needs a clean) and there we have it, a nicely posed Longhorn Beetle.

I entered the image into the Guild of Photographers monthly competition back in 2017 where it won a Silver award, I’m happy with that to say it was a total chance encounter.


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Based in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Dale Turner has been photographing weddings for over 15 years. In that time he has photographed hundreds of weddings and won several awards for his work.

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