Posts tagged “Macro Photography

Cabbage White Butterfly (Two Photographs)

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Cabbage White Butterflies have amazing energy and when they get up to speed they can travel great distances and heights. It has to take a lot of energy to do what they do. Their sometimes lengthy pauses are an opportunity to shoot these marvellous creatures with their amazing eyes.


A Bee (Two Photographs)

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I like my bees sharp and in plain sight. This one obliged by delicately dancing over the more fragile parts of the flower, more acrobatic than threatening. This year I was able to shoot a larger than normal number of bees while other insects were very much harder to find.

 


Dragonflies (Two Photographs)


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We see these types of dragonflies towards the end of summer and they hang around into the colder days. Like most of the smaller dragonflies, it seems that the older they get the less bothered by people they are and hence less likely to fly off.


The Eyes Have It (Two Photographs)

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Eyes are a central part of any photograph that involves animals. With some animals, this is more problematic than others. With the compound eyes of dragonflies and damselflies (as in these pictures) good eyes are hit or miss. But eyes there must be.


Dragonflies (Two Photographs)

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After worrying earlier in the year about not seeing any dragonflies, the population has rebounded though not to the extent it has in past years. However, I am seeing more of them in urban environments. Thankfully I captured a few in what I consider good poses.


Metallic Bee (Two Photographs)

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Wild bees, like this metallic bee, are dying out as are other pollinators. This could have huge ramifications for our food supply if this continues. In this photo you will see I began with a rough colour version, both noisy and grainy. In the black and white I went for a moody contrasting image.


Dragonfly and some Ideas on Processing (Two Photographs)

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You will note in the colour shot the dark background and lighter subject. I did this by selecting the subject and adjusting the brightness, this did not include the background seen through the wings, creating an interesting effect. In the black and white processing I added a red filter, played with the white balance and added contrast.