Martins Down

Took a trip to Martins Down in Hampshire on the 11th June.  (Am almost up to date now with my shots – blame a holiday in Scotland for the lack of up to dateness).

A fairly windy and occasionally wet day, meant that the butterflies were not active for most of the day.  So failing finding them early on I shot some wild flowers on my tripod.  My favourite three follow.

Bladder Campion - Silene vulgarisCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
Bladder Campion - Silene vulgaris

Bladder Campion – Silene vulgaris. Taken on Canon 50D with 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 200 F3.5 1/250 Natural Light with Tripod.

Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalisCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec, ISO100)
Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis

Pyramidal Orchid – Anacamptis pyramidalis.   Taken on Canon 50D with 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 100 F3.5 1/50 Natural Light with Tripod.

Spotted Orchid - DactylorhizaCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/3.5, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza

Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza. Taken on Canon 50D with 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 100 F3.5 1/125 Natural Light with Tripod.

In fact the butterflies were so cold the first one I came across, crawled onto my finger when trying to move an interfering bit of grass.  Not the best shot as I had to shoot with the ISO still at ISO 100 – One handed at 1/50th second is not easy.

Small Heath on my fingerCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO100)
Small Heath on my finger

Small Heath on my finger.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 1/50 F5.6 Natural Light – One handed!

A better shot of a small heath follows, taken on a tripod in the late afternoon sun.  Some other butterflies, were about including some Adonis Blues, however I failed to get a shot of an untattered one to post.

Small Heath - Coenonympha pamphilusCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Small Heath - Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Heath – Coenonympha pamphilus.  Taken on Canon 50D with 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. ISO 400 F8 1/200 Natural Light with Tripod.

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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