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Crab Spider in Dandelion 1

Yellow

Easter Saturday a trip to High Wood near Bradbury Rings, and the result a set of shots that all feature the colour yellow. A field edge full of dandelion flowers produced some good opportunities...

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Bee Hunting

On Saturday went out for the first Macro outdoor shoot of the year, and took a new experimental diffuser setup with me in the hope for some solitary bees at White Mill river path. ...

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A Weevil in the Bluebells

These 3 shots are of a Weevil found in some bluebells at High Wood, Bradbury Rings, nr Wimborne. I often see these at this time of the year and like to get them on...

Solitary Bee in yellow flower. (2x Magnification) 0

Bees up Close

Finally spring is appears to be upon us.  So went out with my Canon MPE-65mm lens with the Flash fitted with some hastily cobbled together diffusers – I need to fix my domes, as...

Topaz Adjusted Spider on Fungi. 0

A play with Topaz Adjust

I recently purchase Topaz Adjust (A photoshop plugin) after trialling the software for some landscape shots.  After taking a shot of a spider on some fungi, I decided to have a quick go with...

Female Black Darter MPE-65mm (5) 1

Dragons Heads

Getting close to dragonflies with the Canon MPE-65mm is difficult to achieve, but if you get a subject to pose, seeing the eye detail is a great experience.  I was fortunate enough to get...

Male Black Darter 1

Thursley Common Visit

Thursley Common in Surrey is a great place for shooting macro images of insects, (particularly  dragon and damselflies), as well as basking lizards. The lizards can easily be seen in good weather in very...

Emerald Damselfly ISO 1600 0

ISO Effect on Flash Backgrounds

When using flash to light subjects, if there is nothing close to the subject in the background the image in that area will give a black background, as there is nothing to light up. ...

Kung-fu fly 1

Dunyeats Heath and Canford Magna visit.

On the Sunday of the August Bank holiday weekend the macro shooting venues were Dunyeats Heath Nature Reserve, and Canford Magna river path.  They are nice and close to each other and have the...

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Blashford Bughunt

Took the MPE-65mm out for the first time in a while, to hunt for the smaller bugs at Blashford Lakes on Saturday.  Having seen lots of flies when out last weekend resting, it was...

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Butterflies and a first

I had the pleasure on Sunday of seeing and photographing a species of butterfly I’ve always wanted to see.  A Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus).  This pretty butterfly, acts much like whites, in that it...

Chalkhill Blue posing on flower 0

BroadCroft Quarry

Broadcroft Quarry on the Isle of Portland is a Butterfly Conservation Reserve, and in August I have found in the past is a great place to photograph Chalkhill Blue butterflies.  Taking an afternoon trip...

Applying the Blur 1

Photoshop 2014 – Focus Blur Tutorial

Adobe has added a new Focus Blur Selection and Filter to Photoshop 2014 ( Creative Cloud ).  This Blur is useful to add a false shallow depth of field affect to photographs, and can...

3 Shot Stack of Keeled Skimmer 0

Beaulieu Heath

Beaulieu Heath in the New Forest is a good location for dragonflies and heathland wildlife in the summer.  I took a visit there last Sunday and walked from there towards Crockford Stream – though...

Silver-washed Fritillary 0

Butterflies at Pignal (New Forest)

Pignal Inclosure in the New Forest, is an excellent place for butterflies, and this visit on a hot sunny July day, proved to be no exception.  I went with the intention of finding some...