Jade Pests and Alien Landscapes

Today I pushed a borrowed macro lens and extender to its limit, to photograph some tiny pests on the pot of my jade plant.

The tiny silver-grey bugs on a terracotta background look like they inhabit a Martian landscape.

The depth of field was so small that getting these insects in the frame — while they were moving — was a little frustrating.

The lighting was also an issue, because the extender seemed to magnify any of the imperfections in the lens as well as sacrifice some of the available light; there is some noise in this photo that isn’t part of my normal kit lens and CCD.

For reference, this is the scale of what I’m shooting.