Shutterbug crazy

Denis Hogan's macro image of a dragonfly.
Denis Hogan's macro image of a dragonfly.

The amateur photographer became obsessed with taking macro photos of insects about six months ago after seeing the work of Indonesian photographer Shikhei Goh, who won the 2012 National Geographic photo competition.

‘I became a bit obsessed with learning how to take macro shots of insects, so after emailing him a few times, I travelled to Indonesia to learn from him,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘I think they are very beautiful up close; it is like an alien world at their scale.’

Mr Hogan said getting the detail in the image required between 30 to 200 individual photos.

‘Because you are so close to the insect, only a fraction of it is in focus for each phtoto.

‘I then use Photoshop to combine all the images.’

Keeping the insects still while they are photographed can pose a challenge.

‘While I was in Indonesia with Shikhei, we would go out in the early morning while it was still cold and the insects would be dormant, sitting on leaves, so we could photograph them,’ he said.

Back home, he has had to be a bit more creative in how he keeps his miniature models still.

‘I put them in the fridge to cool them down enough so they will stay still enough to photograph ” much to my wife’s disgust,’ he said.