Posts tagged “Macro

Bees (Three Photographs)

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There are times when all you have to do is wait and the bees will come to you. I use a flash, but they seem pre-occupied and unaffected by my presence . The difficult part is that often the detail of the bee is lost in the dense black of its colouring, this includes the eyes and sometimes you just have to accept that. By the way this is one of my few bees in flight photos.


Mourning Cloak Butterflies (Three Photographs)

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For the past few years I have posted photographs of mourning cloaks, very often taken on the same two dark wood trees. This trees are not tall but they leak sap. When that happens you could set off fireworks and the butterflies wouldn’t budge. These are the earliest butterflies in the spring and they last into summer, but as you can see they have some wear and tear on their wings indicating age. I have tried in every photograph to capture the checker board eyes. That is easier with my macro kit but unfortunately I did not have it with me for these shots.


Bees (three Photographs)

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I am so looking forward to shooting more of these this summer. I haven’t posted these before but they are from one of the best years we had for insects so I had a few left over to process. Bees for the most part are benign, they won’t bother you. The bright light of a flash does not sway them from their task. Unless harassed most species will let you get close enough for a shot. The other thing to remember is you are going to have to significantly crop your images even if you use a micro lens and extension tubes. Bees’ eyes are reflective so they can catch the sun or your flash. They take their time on good flowers and bushes so that helps a lot.


Butterfly (Two Photographs)

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In an earlier post I wrote about framing, here is another example. Basically only the subject is in focus. I prefer the black and white but it works in colour as well. The same effect can be done in post processing by fading around the subject, but it’s never as good as done in camera.


Dragonfly (Two Photographs)

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Dragonflies come in many colours and for the past few years the largest ones have been hard to shoot. The variety here are quite common and are often in “swarms” not a nice word for a spectacular Christmas tree effect. When you see the swarms you know there is an abundance of food which for us humans might mean less mosquitos:). The wings of these insects are amazing and show up well in B&W.


Damselflies (Two Photographs)

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I seldom process insects in Black and White,however, I am noticing a few advantages. The eyes of damselflies are hard to focus on as they fluid filled, this matters less in black and white. The wings also stand out a bit better. What is lost of course is the wonderful blue of damselflies and their stripes, while prominent in black and white, don’t have that racing strip look. Everything has trade-offs.


A Lot Going on (Two Photographs)

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Besides the dragonflies mating we have wood that shows the tunnels of beetles coming into adulthood, color and other elements that hint of fall. Sometimes busy photos are not so bad especially if they have depth. It’s finding complex scenes that you hope will work that is the challenge. Artists often go out on a limb, so to speak, to show something new or something they think has potential. Why not photographers?