Windy WhiteMill Visit

Took an afternoon visit to the Stour Vallery Way near White Mill National Trust ( nr Wimborne) on a cold May afternoon.  Their was some light rain in the air and a strong breeze.  I had hoped to find some solitary bees, but it appears the weather discouraged them from venturing out.  However there were several Large Red Damselflies on the nettles, and I manage to get a reasonable 4 shot panorama of one on my MPE-65mm.  I only took this lens out today, in hindsight I should of also taken my 100mm as not only were there damsels out, but a nicely posing Orange Tip butterfly.

Here’s the panorama of the Large Red Damselfly.

Panorama of a Large Red Damselfly
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Panorama of a Large Red Damselfly
 4 Shot Panorama of a Large Red Damselfly.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.

Another Large Red came on my finger for a quick warm up.

Large Red Damselfly on my finger.
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Large Red Damselfly on my finger.
Large Red Damselfly on my finger.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.

These next few shots are of the posing Orange Tip Butterfly that I mentioned earlier.  Two different coloured cards are used to colour the background.

Orange Tip with Green Card background.
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Orange Tip with Green Card background.
 Orange Tip with Green Card background. About 1.5x Mag.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 200 F11 1/200.

Orange Tip with Blue Card.
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Orange Tip with Blue Card.
Orange Tip with Blue Card background. About 1.5x Mag.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.

Next up was this rain covered shield bug.

Sheild Bug.
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Sheild Bug.
Sheild Bug. About 1.5x Mag  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F13 1/200.

And then amongst the nettles I spotted what I thought was a weevil being eaten by a spider, on closer look it obviously wasn’t!

Mating Weevils.
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Mating Weevils.
Mating Weevils.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.

Finally this photogenic fly was taken on a nettle, I cropped one shot to a square format as I think it suited that format the most.

Fly with water on Eye.
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Fly with water on Eye.
Fly with water on Eye. About 1.5x Mag  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.

Fly with water on Eye (Cropped to Square Format).
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Fly with water on Eye (Cropped to Square Format).
Fly with water on Eye (Cropped to Square Format). About 1.5x Mag  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm, flash from Canon MT-24ex Twin Macro Flash.  ISO 100 F11 1/200.

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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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