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Sunday, 31 May 2009

Weekend Walk

This weekend I thought I would try something different and just go for a walk.

Armed with my long lens and macro lens I just took photos of thing that interest me.

The first shot is a Little Grebe which I saw a Mere Sands Wood reserve, it kept diving whenever I went to take a photo, I managed to get this one, but it was further away than I would have liked.

Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Sigma 170-500mm @ 500mm

Now for something different, I am taking more of an interest in insects and bugs and enjoying the challenges of photographing them, I have recently bought a Collins book for id's but if I get them wrong please let me know as this is quite new to me.

The next shot is a female Scorpion Fly, the males tail turns over much like a scorpion, these are common throughout the UK, but the first one I have seen.

Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Nikkor 28-100mm with x4 macro adaptor

The next couple of shots are the highlight of my photographic weekend and something I have never seen before it is a female Broad Bodied Chaser and was stunning in the sunlight, there where two females around, but no male. The male is similar but blue.

It's mad to think that until I looked at these things properly I would have just thought dragonfly, fly, butterfly.... but is definitely something I am quickly getting into.

Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Nikkor 28-100mm with x4 macro adaptor

I will be posting some butterfly pics this week too (nightmare to photograph) and I have made a moth trap which if it works I will post some pics from that too.

Hope you like the shots from my walk.

Mike :)

13 comments:

  1. Great shots! I can see that we'll have a lot of amazing bug photos to see soon on your blog! I had never looked at a dragonfly at all until last year when everyone kept talking about them in their blogs. Once I started looking it was like a whole new world down there.

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  2. Mike, i've got long lens envy. Also- The abdomen on that dragon is really fat! Broad-bodied cruiser really is a great name. I don't think we have any dragons in the U.S. with that short and thick of an abdomen.

    Tom

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  3. well done on the female BBC Mike! you'll soon be hooked! don't forget them little blue 'uns!!!

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  4. Hi Mike, a wonderful start to a whole new world of photo opportunities. Really like the close up chaser. John

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  5. Great Blog with outstanding Images,loved it all.
    Enjoyed our visit.
    john.

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  6. I definitely enjoyed the shots from your walk. The macros are amazing. Wow, what detail! At my best my macros don't come out that sharp. One of these days....
    :-)

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  7. You have creating some stunning macro composition with that macro adaptor. You seem to have figured out its sweet spot. The details are sharp and clear. Congratulations.

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  8. Hi Mike, thankyou for your kind comments on our Blog.
    We take a lot of Macro shots,other than Birding we also love Moths.I bought a Gladiator Moth trap and hope to get good results this weekend.Will post on Blog if they turnout good.We loved looking at your Blog,fantastic photography.
    John.

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  9. HI Mike,
    Ok you are doing fine on insects, but you know me, I love the grebe shot!!! Love it man, even if it was far away this is a magnificent shot! Gorgeous!

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  10. Lovely stuff there Mike. Macro is very addictive. You'll have fun !

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  11. Hi Mike. I photographed my 1st female BBC this spring but your macro shots are stunning. Well done. Frank.

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THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS, MIKE.