I will not pretend that this is the easiest, technically, approach to photographing nature, but it is one that is extremely rewarding, and one that can result in imagery that is unique and striking. I will be devoting many future posts to wide angle macrophotography, and will talk about my favorite lenses, their benefits and drawbacks, approaches to proper lighting in wide angle macro and, most importantly, dealing with animal subjects in an effective and ethical manner.
This photo of a female sylvan katydid (Schedocentrus basalis) was taken in a lowland rainforest of Suriname. I wanted to capture in it not only the animal herself, but also her habitat, and thus I used the widest lens I had at the time, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye, mounted on a Canon 7D. This lens can focus as close as 5.9″ (14.99 cm), but I moved in even closer, knowing that if the aperture is stopped down to f22 then nearly everything in front of the lens would be in focus.