Barking around at Ramsdown

With the first two days of Easter Bank holdiday weather being cold and overcast, I undertook a local trip to Ramsdown nature reserve to try out the Canon MT-24ex Mark X diffuser out in the field.  Well in fact it is really the Mark XI as I replaced the dove deodorant tops with some foam taken from paint roller refils.  All shots on the Canon 650D with Canon MPE-65mm

On the first day I found a green spider on a web.  I think it may be an Araniella spider ( cucumber orb ) from a quick look on web, but not sure.

Green Spider on Web
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Green Spider on Web

Then on a Rhododendron bush there were lots of plant bugs, which of all the attempts this was the best.  The main issue being, if the lens touched the leaf, they run!

Plant Bug
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Plant Bug

On the second day the first insect that took my eye was another plant bug, wandering across a large log.

Plant Bug
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Plant Bug
Plant Bug about 3x Magnification
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Plant Bug about 3x Magnification

Then a fly – maybe a bark fly ?

Fly
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Fly

And a close up of it.

Fly at about 3x magnification
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Fly at about 3x magnification

Then I found a shield bug sheltering in some bark.

Shield bug
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Shield bug

Followed closely by a wandering woodlouse.

Woodlouse on log
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
Woodlouse on log

And finally a tiny bark fly.  They have pretty eyes I think.

Barkfly
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Barkfly
Barkfly
Canon EOS 650D (65mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Barkfly

Overall I am pleased with the new diffuser setup.  Only thing I did note that I may be blocking a bit too much light as about 4x magnification the images get a bit dark, the solution for me was to up the ISO from my normal 200 to 400 for those higher magnifications.

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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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