There’s nothing like spending a lazy Sunday on the beach with friends: the crab spider, syrphid fly larva, oleander aphid and other old pals. Yeserday, I did some experimenting with light for macro insect portraits. On my camera, I was using a speedlight with a ring flash attachment, and behind the insects, I was using an optically-triggered underwater strobe for backlighting. It was hard to trigger the rear strobe every time, but when it works it does make for an interesting effect. The whole setup is small enough to bring into the field and could also make for some interesting plant and flower photos as well.