These two orange beetles were so brightly colored that Ben had to take their picture. I have not had the time to look up what kind of beetles they are. (Note: I later identified these beetles as Pennsylvania leatherwings.
The beetles are lit by diffuse sidelighting, which helps define the detail on their bodies. It may not be obvious in these small photos on the blog, but hairs on the insects’ bodies are sharply defined, as are drops of dew on their heads. The camera’s aperture was set fairly large in order to get a short depth-of-field, which is why the white flower becomes cloud-like. The beetles had their photo taken with a Nikon D70, and no digital retouching has been done at all on the photo.
Look for a larger version of this photo to appear on the Tangent Graphics website shortly.