I visited on the first day of June to Martins down and was lucky enough to find a Burnt Tip Orchid in good condition – actually finding one you could find some more. I had not seen them here for a couple of years – so took the opportunity to take some images of it. This is my favourite shot of it on my 100mm Macro Lens.
Burnt Tip Orchid. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm Macro Lens. ISO 400 F4 1/4000. Handheld in Natural Light.
Then walking on I saw a large number of Small Blue butterflies, and a couple of Green Hairstreaks. Unfortunately the Hairstreaks seemed to want to avoid a close up, and so I was force to take an in “environment” shot of them. This being up in the tree!
Green Hairstreak in the Tree. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm Macro Lens. ISO 400 F6.3 1/800. Handheld in Natural Light.
The Small Blues were more co-operative, basking in the sunlight and I was able to get a tripod up close to them. Here’s my best two shots of them.
Small Blue on Grass Stalk. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm Macro Lens. ISO 400 F4 1/2000. Tripod in Natural Light.
Small Blue Displaying Wings. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm Macro Lens. ISO 400 F5.6 1/500. Tripod in Natural Light.
And towards the end of the visit I also took this image of a Brimstone, again I was able to get it to pose with a tripod nearby.
Brimstone. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm Macro Lens. ISO 200 F3.5 1/160. Tripod in Natural Light.
I also used this trip to take some video photoage using my Canon 650D with the Canon 100mm Macro Lens. This short video features the Brimstone and Small Blue butterflies, both taken on a tripod as I have mastered hand holding in video mode, and indeed doubt I will when using a macro lens attached.
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