Posts tagged “Insects

Photographing Bees (Two Photographs)

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One of the interesting things about photographing bees is that you can also get them with some great flower backgrounds. More importantly is that you get some contrast between the bee and the bright colours around it. The first photo was taken with an XT-2, a 50-140 lens and a Godox flash. The second was taken with a Nikon D500 and a 200-500 mm lens at 500mm. This is not to say you need a macro lens, it does go some way to say close-ups of insects can be done with other lenses, assuming you don’t mind cropping.


Comma Butterflies (Two Photographs)

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These butterflies are said to be common, but any butterfly as far I am concerned is a rare and welcome sight. They blend in so well with fallen foliage that they can only be seen in flight or against a brighter background. I caught these commas resting in a cool breeze some months back.


Skipper Butterflies (Two Photographs)

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You can’t always be sure everything you want is in focus, even with a depth of field button on the camera. That said I liked the juxtaposition of these two skipper butterflies and the softness in my view is of less concern. In black and white I tried to do a version more dependant on contrast.


Damselfly Portrait (Two Photographs)

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Damselflies’ eyes are very hard to focus on, they are the circles with a line through them. The sparkles and other lights on the insect are fluorescing spots of dirt. While this can be fixed, it’s often a very difficult job to keep the texture and not create a portion of the face with a single colour with a lack of tonality. Sharpness is measured by whether you can see the beard. I shot this with a flash, the damselfly was backlit.


A Fly (Two Photographs)

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Flies are actually easy to shoot. Many of them stop to rest and clean their sensors on their front legs but mostly they seem to like a bit of rest. Often ugly, flies still make dramatic subjects. They are creatures I would rather see outside the house than in.


Colour and Shape (Two Photographs)

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I was aiming for some dragonfly photographs but the glorious colour and shapes were the standouts. Who am I to complain, things don’t always turn out as planned, they may turn out better. A bit noisy but fixing that would have softened the dragonfly which is in focus.


Cabbage White

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You know that feeling when you take a lot of photographs but one stands out. Among the cabbage whites I saw that day this female was exceptional and her photograph was the most impressive of the day. I especially liked the wild and crazy eye.