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Macro Photography – Soldier beetle

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

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
  • 1/125
  • f/8.0


I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.


  1. dinkerson says:

    Wonderful detail. I love this capture.
    It looks like he’s wearing a cloak with a tall collar.

  2. Jackie says:


  3. Very nice macro.

  4. Nice macro shot, with a helpful description of how the settings used.

  5. Pat says:

    Nice macro!

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