Blashford Macro

I took a trip to a local nature reserve (Blashford Lakes) on Saturday, with my macro lens on the hunt for some insects, and also to look for some reported Bee Orchids.  I also had a tripod handy ( my brothers 🙂 ) – so was also able to shoot some video, as you can see.  The short video features what I believe is an Alder Sawfly Larvae munching on a leaf, the Bee Orchid and a pair mating Azure Damselflies.

As well as the video, I also took the following still shots, all in natural light.  Some on a tripod, some handheld.  The Bee Orchid, I took and videoed on my new mini tripod ( it fits in a pocket ) – A Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod.   I found it fine, for landscape shots, but for portraits it really needs a small ball head for the camera to get full 90 degrees on.

White Alderfly Lavae - Eriocampa ovata
White Alderfly Lavae – Eriocampa ovata

White Alderfly Lavae – Eriocampa ovata.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 1/640 F5.6, Natural Light on a Tripod.

Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 100 1/100 F4.5, Natural Light on a Tripod.

Nettle Weevil on Grass
Nettle Weevil on Grass

Nettle Weevil on Grass.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 1/200 F4, Natural Light.

Common Blue Damselfly and Catterpillar
Common Blue Damselfly and Catterpillar

Common Blue Damselfly and Catterpillar.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 1/1600 F4.5, Natural Light.

Common Blue Damselfly up close
Common Blue Damselfly up close

Common Blue Damselfly up close.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 1/320 F5.6, Natural Light.

Mating Azure Damselflies on Bramble
Mating Azure Damselflies on Bramble

Mating Azure Damselflies on Bramble. Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 1/500 F5, Natural Light on Tripod.

 

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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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