Posts tagged “Macro Photography

Damselflies (Two Photographs)

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I remain impressed with the combination of the Nikon D500 and the 200-500 F5.6 lens. I have shot damselflies up close with a macro lens and it’s not just more difficult but the closer you are the more likely your subject will fly off. That is much less likely with a 500 mm lens.


Lotus Borer Beetle (Three Photographs)

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This longhorn beetle is a real pest and its rather hostile look does not help its image. You can see on its back the distinctive “W” markings. I have never seen them in flight and they are not easily disturbed by noise or flash.


Dragonfly (Two Photographs)

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Not all dragonflies are wonderful up close and one seldom has the flexibility for too many perspectives in shooting them. In these two shots of the same insect you can see some of the issues, such as how much is in focus.


Painted Lady (Two Photographs)

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Painted Ladies have been my favourite butterflies for the past several years. They are not easily spooked or distracted from their task and therefore could be said to pose. This gives you much more time to get your thoughts in order than with most butterflies that need to be shot on the fly.


Butterflies (Two Photographs)

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Butterflies like the White Admiral and the American Lady are among the wonders of nature. I particularly like the many different coloured eyes and the design in the eyes of butterflies. Most of the time I notice them as they fly past. Only a few stop long enough for closer look.


Hummingbird Moth (Two Photographs)

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The secret with these insects is that once you see one stick with it, they are rare and don’t stay around very long. I have recently been experimenting with a square 1×1 crop and find it quite helpful in highlighting the subject.


Painted Lady and the Light (Two Photographs)

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I took thirty-two photographs of this butterfly. The first one here was the first one I took. After that the clouds moved, the butterfly moved and my natural soft lighting fell apart. In photography shoot first ask questions afterwards, you may never get a better chance.


Grasshopper (Two Photographs)

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Assuming you want your insect to look more like a space alien I suggest using monochrome. Grasshoppers’ defensive movements are predictable. This makes it easier to shoot them when they finally stop jumping.


A Note about Ladybugs (Two Photographs)

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Many photographs of ladybugs have bright burnt out spots on the shells where the sun is reflected. If you compensate for that in camera you get a dark shot with a lot of noise. You can paint the spots away, which I have done in one shot here, but the spots are natural and arise from the bright sun. So if possible shoot on a cloudy day or not under direct sunlight. Whether they are mating or not has nothing to do with the spots.


A Caveat about Bees (Two Photographs)

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I take many photos of bees working away at flowers. I have discovered that bees in flight are another matter altogether. Unlike birds in flight, bees have many moving parts, and to my surprise a less predictable flight path. A much much higher shutter speed, 1/800th would help. The second photograph is the best I have managed and the challenge is on for the coming summer.


Too Busy (Two Photographs)

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The bees I see are far too busy to notice me sneaking about. In fact nothing bothers them (including flash). They are on a mission though their music lacks that R&B sound. Seriously, scientists say they make a short whoop when they bounce into each other.


Uninvited (Two Photographs)

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I am sure that at some point in the life of every photographer, something unexpected showed up in the frame. This is particularly true in nature, where the concept of intrusion, trespass, and photobombing is unknown to insects and other beasts. In this case it was welcome, often it’s not.


Dusky Wing and approach to Butterflies (Two Photographs)

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My criteria for butterflies making good subjects is beautiful eyes, they’re doing something special (e.g. mating) or some detail distinguishing the butterfly that is interesting. In this case the interest is in the proboscis.


An Interest in Insects

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Those who have followed my work for a while know of my interest in insects. Strange and wonderful creatures. Regrettably, in 2019 the opportunities to photograph them did not present themselves as often as in previous years. I am hopeful that the coming year will be better. This winter you will see what shots I was able to get. In this case it’s a mimic fly, also known as a hover fly.


Good Luck and a Moth (Three Photographs)

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Takes a bit of good luck and a great spotter to see these hummingbird moths. We were visiting a garden and a friend who was there let us in on his good fortune. These moths move quickly and often, but they have a landing pattern that is almost predictable. They seem to step onto the flower, which often slows them down in the pre-landing stage long enough for a great shot. I have shown a photo of the back of this moth simply for the beauty of it.


Fabergé Naturel (Two Photographs)

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The jeweller Fabergé made jewelled eggs for the Romanov Tsars, each of which opened revealing a miniature surprise, like a train. This butterfly’s position in the midst of the foliage reminded me of those eggs.


Lenses (Two Photographs)

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The locust borer is a wonderful creature. This photo was taken at 500mm with the Nikon 200-500mm lens, my “go to” nature lens. The second photo of the net-winged beetles mating was taken with a dedicated macro kit (105mm lens, extension tubes and flash). The latter gear is arguably harder to use, more prone to user error, and more expensive than the former. Times change and the gear you use changes with experience and new opportunity.


A Grasshopper

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It was a bad year for grasshoppers and a lot of other animals. In places where I might have seen hordes of hoppers I saw but a few. It’s a sad thing to know how much trouble our environment is in.


A Plant Bug and Contrast (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes colour matters, but where we can be creative black and white has its place. Here I have produced a slightly oversaturated shot and used that as a basis for a black and white, a more arty approach to a common bug.

 


Mayflies (Two Photographs)

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Insects are amazing, and mayflies with their unusual life cycle are especially so. Here you see two of them in their final days, unable to eat, looking to mate. Previously they lived underwater and it’s amazing to see them emerge in a sort of reverse rain out of the lake or pond. But all that aside they make for great photographs.


Wasp and All That (Two Photographs)

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Most of us hate wasps in the city, particularly in the fall when the colonies are collapsing and they are desperately trying to find nourishment on their own. In the wild it’s a different story. They don’t follow you like they do in the city, or hang around garbage bins. They just soldier on.


Cabbage White (Two Photographs)

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This is an interesting problem in nature photography. The wings of the butterfly are clearly white, but as you can see in one of the photos they easily take on the colour of their environment. You would think a bit of white balance adjustment or colour cast adjustment would work. If it did it would not be true to the scene as it was, where only the wings took on a bit of the surrounding colour.


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.