Fiddleford Manor

On the Saturday 5th May I took a visit to Fiddleford Manor near Sturminster Newton.  I walked round the Manor and across the Mill stream to some fields alongside the river.  This time last year the fields were full of flying Mayflies, but the only one that I saw on this visit ( on yet another cold and overcast spring day this year ) was this Mayfly that had emerged from its from its moult after reaching adult stage.

 

Mayfly and old skinCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO400)
Mayfly and old skin

Mayfly and old skin.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm USM F2.8 Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/60.  Natural Light on Tripod.

A lone butterfly (a male Orange Tip) was resting on some surrounding vegetation – and I managed to get these two shots of it at rest on a tripod.

Orange tip underwingCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO400)
Orange tip underwing

Orange tip underwing.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm USM F2.8 Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/400.  Natural Light on Tripod.

 

Male Orange Tip Butterfly's head.Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Male Orange Tip Butterfly's head.

Male Orange Tip Butterfly’s head.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

It later moved and posed with its wings open, which was pleasing for me as it is the first time I’ve managed to capture a male Orange Tip with its wings open.

Male Orange Tip ButterflyCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO400)
Male Orange Tip Butterfly

Male Orange Tip Butterfly.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/400.  Natural Light.

This one I also like of it posing with the wings open from the side, allowing the orange to reflect through the wing.

Male Orange Tip Butterfly.Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Male Orange Tip Butterfly.

Male Orange Tip Butterfly.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/250.  Natural Light.

Walking further round the field I found a Weevil amongst the vegetation.  I used a blue card in the background to simulate the sky.

WeevilCanon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Weevil

Weevil.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

Finally a bee was on a dock leaf, and as it crawled towards me I took this shot, which I have also converted to black and white using Topaz Labs , Black and White Effects photoshop plugin.  I like the more sinister look the monotone gives to the image.

Bee on dock leaf (colour).Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Bee on dock leaf (colour).

Bee on dock leaf (colour).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

Bee on dock leaf (B&W).Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Bee on dock leaf (B&W).

Bee on dock leaf (B&W).  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

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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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