It's mid-July and as you'd expect here in the UK it's cold and raining. But that's a good thing! When the temperatures drop and there's rain in the air insects tend to become inactive. And that means you've got a perfect opportunity to try some macro photography!
It's been a while since I've tried marco photography and so I decided to get some practice in the garden. I use a Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO Lens for Nikon Z. It's a manual focus lens but for Macro photography that isn't an issue. For this shoot I'm using a difused speedlight on top of the camera and I'm hand holding. Macro photography requires a good eye and a steady hand. At very close proximity to the subject depth of field is extremely narrow and for the time being I'm not focus stacking. All of these shots were straight from camera!
This first image was a good example of flies roosting during cold wet spells. This fly was sat on an upturned flower pot and quite happy for me to come close and photograph it.
Fly on a pot
With the Laowa 100mm you have 2x magnification, which allows you to get in unbeleivably close.
Fly on a pot
This fly was tiny but I love the colours on the wings and the detail in the eyes.
I spotted this caterpillar larvae on an old rose petal and just about managed to get the head in focus.
I chose to go a bit wider for this shot of a hover fly, which allowed me to get more of the fly in focus and use the leaf as a backdrop and guide to scale.
The pinks of the petals reflecting on the fly make this an interesting shot at 2x magnification.
And this is the same fly but a little wider.
In amongst the bushes this very small spider was spinning a web. It must have been only a few millimeters in size.
This blue bottle was in amongst the leaves, which allowed me acheive a soft focus to frame. The greens of the leaves and fly really compliment each other.
I managed to get in a little closer. You can see on the leaf how small the depth of field is at this proximity.
Fly from behind
We've got loads of these ladybird larvae in the garden and they're just abouts becoming fully fledged ladybirds.
Not a bad little foray into the garden. It's amazing what you can find when you look closely enough. Having said that, part of the appeal of photographing insects and spiders is hunting and exploring to see what you can find. I'm really looking forward to getting out to some nature resrves and parks where I hope I'll find a much wider variety of creatures to capture.
Today I visited one of my favourite spots, Brockadale Nature Reserve. After days of raining the sun briefly returned. Flowers were out in full bloom, the butterflies were active and the river was flowing fast. Perfect for a day of photography! Well, sort of...