During what now appears to be a short and brief hot spell this year – at the end of May I visited Fiddleford Manor, and walked down to the mill and the fields around it. Several groups of people were making the most of the hot weather, by swimming in the mill pond, but I preferred to head into the field opposite, which was full of buttercups to see what macro photos I could take.
The obvious was the flowers themselves, so positioning the tripod in the flowers I took this landscape shot, shooting through some near flowers and focusing on the middle flowers at a wide aperture. I finished the image in Topaz Adjust to provide the final toning.
Buttercup Field. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. F3.2 ISO 100 1/1000. Natural Light & Tripod. Topaz Adjust processed.
I saw some banded demoiselles but failed to get a good image of them on this visit as they were most active in the warmth, instead the first insect I captured was this small, but attractive moth.
Moth. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. F5.6 ISO 400 1/640. Natural Light.
The insect that I took was this docile Speckled Wood Butterfly, which posed nicely on some grass, before I got it to crawl onto my hand for a brief photo.
Speckled Wood Portrait Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. F8 ISO 200 1/160. Natural Light and Tripod.
Speckled Wood. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. F8 ISO 400 1/320. Natural Light and Tripod.
Speckled Wood on my finger. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens. F5 ISO 200 1/500. Natural Light.
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