It is not very often I use manual focussing with moving objects but when they are small and don't stay in one place very long I find it gives more predictable results. Thus it was when I found a group of Hoverflies in the corner of the garden yesterday afternoon. I tried auto focus but unless the fly was in just the right place in the viewfinder the lens promptly focussed on the background.
Hoverflies do hover in one place for brief periods and when trying to photograph them it seems very brief indeed. When they move it is in sudden fast leaps to another position. So with lots of focus twiddling and not a little silent cursing I set about capturing this little beastie.
As, it seems, with all creatures there are many opportunites to photograph the back end......
.... but with a bit of patience and a lot of luck I did at least get one side on view. Just look at the size of that compound eye compared with the rest of the body:
Hoverfly - Dronefly
The depth of field on these was shallow but practice, hopefully, will make perfect ..... one day.
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