Macro shooting at Town Common

I spent several days hunting insects at Town Common – Christchurch in August.  So for something different in this post ( which is going to be a long one! ), I will show you what the area is like, before proceeding on to the results.

Town Common is a heath land area, and in the late summer is a mass of heather.  The entrance I come in from means you are at the top of St Catherine’s Hill, and this gives you views down over the heath.

View from top of St Catherine's Hill of the Heath
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/250 sec, ISO640)
View from top of St Catherine’s Hill of the Heath

Once down the hill, the heath land is a mix of sandy trails, small trees, ponds, gorse and heather.

Heather banks
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Heather banks
A path through the heather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/160 sec, ISO200)
A path through the heather
Dead Tree and Gorse on the Common
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/1600 sec, ISO640)
Dead Tree and Gorse on the Common
One of the ponds
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
One of the ponds

Hopefully this gives you a good impression of the environment these images were taken in.

Now onto the first days results…where I first found this little dragonfly down close on the ground, taking in the sun.

Sunbathing
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO400)
Sunbathing
Hanging around in the Heather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO640)
Hanging around in the Heather
Just Hanging Around
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO640)
Just Hanging Around

The above two images, I used Topaz texture effects to create some colour effects and boost the images.

This next one is ( I think a male ) Black Darter, resting on a bit of dried grass.

Black Darter
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Black Darter
Black Darter in Profile
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO640)
Black Darter in Profile
Pretty in Pink
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO640)
Pretty in Pink

My final image of the day, was this pleasing find of the less common red damselfly.

Small Red Damselfly
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec, ISO640)
Small Red Damselfly

The above images were all taken using my Canon 100mm Macro Lens

One the second visit I took along my Laowa 15mm 1:1 Macro Lens ( on which the landscape above were also taken ).  I like this lens as it gives a different perspective on the subjects, and can include a lot of the background too.  This first dragonfly shot taken on it illustrates this, I think as it gives the details of the dragonfly and also shows the environment around.

Black Darter Wild Angle Macro
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/160 sec, ISO500)
Black Darter Wild Angle Macro

Getting close with this lens is maybe not something you want to do mind if you are afraid of spiders.  Fortunately I’m not – at least the UK ones anyway!

Wasp Spider
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Wasp Spider

The final Laowa macro images are of a dragonfly on a clump of heather.

Heather resting
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/320 sec, ISO640)
Heather resting
Perched on heather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/200 sec, ISO640)
Perched on heather
Wide Dragon
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/250 sec, ISO640)
Wide Dragon
Wide Dragon Closer!
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (0mm, f/0, 1/200 sec, ISO640)
Wide Dragon Closer!

The next visit was in much more overcasts – and slightly damp conditions.  My first find was a nice one though, a pair of Wasp Spiders on their webs.  This is a merge of two shots to get both the male and the female in focus.

Wasp Spiders ( Male and Female)
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO640)
Wasp Spiders ( Male and Female)

Another non-dragonfly image – is this rather wing battered Gatekeeper – which I took shooting through some fern to give a subtle blur effect on the surrounding foliage.

Brown in the Green
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO640)
Brown in the Green

Hiding down low in the heather near the Dragonfly’s was this nicely posing Cricket.

Bog Bush Cricket
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO800)
Bog Bush Cricket

And onto some more Dragonflies…

Town Common Dragonfly
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO800)
Town Common Dragonfly

This next one sitting in some heather – which I shot through to give some different effects on it.

Dragonfly through the heather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/3.2, 1/400 sec, ISO500)
Dragonfly through the heather
Black Darter in the Heather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO500)
Black Darter in the Heather
Coming out of the Pink
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO500)
Coming out of the Pink
Black Darter on Heather
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO1000)
Black Darter on Heather

Finally…the last visit saw me do some videoing – I have yet to finish the editing of that – but I did keep these still shots as well.

From Above
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
From Above
Dragonfly resting on a bud
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO400)
Dragonfly resting on a bud
I like this leaf
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
I like this leaf
Strike a pose
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/9, 1/80 sec, ISO400)
Strike a pose

Hope you enjoyed looking through this post.

All images taken on a Canon 5D MkIV using Canon 100mm Macro Lens / Laowa 15mm Macro Lens.

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