Martins Down – Skipper Time

The weather was brighter on the Bank Holiday Sunday, but still far from warm.  I went on a hopeful first visit to Martins Down, in the hope of seeing some Skippers.  However the first thing I found was a Ruby Tiger moth which zoomed past me and then landed on an ants nest, which it crawled up, and then sat in some grass.

Ruby Tiger Moth on ants nestCanon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Ruby Tiger Moth on ants nest

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

Ruby Tiger Moth about 1.5x Magnification.Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Ruby Tiger Moth about 1.5x Magnification.

Ruby Tiger Moth about 1.5x Magnification.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

I did eventually find a resting Skipper.  This one being a Dingy Skipper.  As it rested still I was able to shoot a close up of its head on my MPE-65mm lens.  I then allowed it to crawl onto my hand for some warmth, and managed to take a shot of it one handed with my 100mm lens.

Dingy Skipper Head about 2x Magnification.Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Dingy Skipper Head about 2x Magnification.

Dingy Skipper Head about 2x Magnification.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

Dingy Skipper on my hand.Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Dingy Skipper on my hand.

Dingy Skipper on my hand.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F11 1/250.  Flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.

Lastly I found a male Grizzled Skipper roosting.  I took a shot of it on the tripod with my 100mm Macro Lens and then a close up portrait shot on the MPE.

Grizzled Skipper.Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO400)
Grizzled Skipper.

Grizzled Skipper.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/160.  Tripod in Natural Light.

Grizzled Skipper about 2.5x Magnification.Canon EOS 50D (65mm, f/13, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
Grizzled Skipper about 2.5x Magnification.

Grizzled Skipper about 2.5x Magnification.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon MPE-65mm Macro Lens.  ISO 100 F13 1/250.  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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