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Monday, 12 July 2010

Macro mayhem

The last couple of days I’ve dusted down the macro lens, and given it an airing.
I missed a lot of opportunities……..insects have a habit of flying away when you get close, or the wind makes everything sway like a drunken night out……….but it was good fun trying.
Maybe I should get a tripod too; that might help lol
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Anyway, here’s a few. They all benefit by being enlarged when you click on them.
A couple of flowers first; a bit easier than insects, they don’t get up and run…….
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Musk Mallow




Orange Balsam
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I broke one of the rules for this shot of a Meadow Brown. All the photography books will tell you, 'if nothing else, make sure the eyes are sharp'.
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Meadow Brown

Common Blue Damselfly attempting the ‘wheel’.


Common Blue again

Common Blue, with a snack

Common Blue
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And the last one for now, just to show it wasn’t all Common Blue’s
Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly
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Enjoy the rest of your day.
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28 comments:

  1. Great stuff Keith. I find it hard to get the focus at just the right spot on macro photography. I end up taking many of the same subject hoping that one will be just what I wanted.

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  2. Great stuff Keith. I find it hard to get the focus at just the right spot on macro photography. I end up taking many of the same subject hoping that one will be just what I wanted.

    Hope this arrives only once. I got a server error the first time I tried.

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  3. Some great photography here Keith, especially the Meadow Brown.

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  4. What a great idea you had to dust down your macro lens !! This pics are beautiful !
    My fav will be the Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly - great catch !!

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  5. Thank you for your comment Shirl

    Thanks John. I find this macro stuff all very hit and miss lol
    These server errors happen a lot just recently.

    Thanks Roy. I was pleased with the Meadow Brown too. Kind of broke the rules, but worked, I thought.

    Pescalune, thank you. Sometimes I have great ideas lol

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  6. That was great Keith, especially the last two, they are fabulous.

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  7. because flowers are my real 'thing' the first is really wonderful. then the next to the last - to see the real shape of the common blue's head and the colors are so true and clear. really nice. I have read the when doing macro you should use a tripod but I have seen photographers with a 'unipod'(?) they are easy to carry and aid in keeping a steady hand.

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  8. I love the macros. I think that is one of my fav lenes. Very Nice work.

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  9. Thanks Bob, glad you enjoyed them.

    Ginger, thank you. That first shot is a favourite of mine too :)
    I have tried using a monopod for macro, but it's one more thing to carry......so I don't bother lol

    Thank you Lisa. I think I should use this lens a bit more often.

    lotusleaf, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Appreciate it.

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  10. I can see that if you were over here in 'my' mountains, you would have so much fun taking images you would get lost and never be heard from again! Great Images (again). If you should ever visit us, I would attempt to keep track of you.

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  11. They are all beautiful, Keith. My favourite has to be the Musk Mallow although I love the balsam with the water droplets too...exquisite!

    I don't have a macro lens, I have wondered about it but presumably it is even more difficult (than usual) to photograph insects due to the need to get physically close to them? Then of course if I suddenly spotted a 'must have' bird it would be gone by the time I'd swapped lenses :(

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  12. Dale I think you would be right lol
    I'd just keep wandering further and further into the wilds.

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  13. Thanks Jan. The Musk Mallow is my favourite too.
    Yea, macro does present a few extra problems, especially with the insects flying off as you try to get close. lol
    I'm lucky having a second camera body, that I can put the macro lens on, and still have the zoom for birds on my main camera.

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  14. The "snack" photo is great and pretty menacing looking!

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  15. These are fantastic! I loved the orange flower with the water droplets...well, ok, I loved them all!

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  16. realy great pics ! big hugh Kathrin

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  17. Hi Keith,
    I love your Meadow Brown shot essentially because you broke the rules... I think I'm getting tired of the "be sure the eye is sharp" in macro and I therefore love this shot of yours... The rest of the pictures are really great too and I love your flowers. Well done on this macro set!

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  18. Thanks Wilma. I hadn't noticed at first he was eating lol

    Thanks Jen. Glad you enjoyed them

    kathrin, thank you for your comment. :)

    Chris, thank you. It's good to break the rules sometimes ;)

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  19. Had to stop and see the pink flower again. I need the inspriation. I sure getting it here.
    Lovely Lovely.
    I wll be starting a blog list like yours so will be back for your ULR.
    and keep the macro handy . I like what I see.

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  20. Thanks Lisa for your return visit. Glad it's given you some inspiration :)

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  21. BEAUTIFUL photos, Keith!!!! Common Blue... not so common in my case. I haven't met it yet:) Wonderful shots - congratulations:)

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  22. Thank you Joanna. There seems to be hundreds of Common Blues here at the moment. I'll send some over to you lol

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  23. Great macro shots Keith. Rules are to be broken...even if most fail you can sometimes produce a little gem. Lovely close-up photographs of the smaller world.

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  24. Thanks Trevor. I think I need to use this lens a bit more ;)

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  25. Some good macro shots.

    I bought a tripod but spent so much time trying to get the tripod in the right place that in the end I just went back to handholding. Like you I have the problem of insects not being obliging and of the wind blowing just to annoy me and make shots impossible!! :-)

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  26. Thanks Kerry. Yea, the biggest reason I don't use a tripod, all the setting up with it; and of course, carrying it around lol

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