I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Saturday, 15 May 2010

MACRO MONDAY (15/05/10)

Yes I know it’s Saturday but Macro Saturday doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

We went out first thing for a hobble across the moor. No Lapwings, no Curlew, nothing and even at a quarter to six the light was very harsh. Gave it up as a bad job and went out with the macro lens. Something I should play with more often. If nothing else it cuts down on the leg work and weight. Before we get into all that here are a couple of pictures shot yesterday morning.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeach Huts…….I keep being drawn back to these but never get an image that satisfies. Will have a go in the rain…No, have had a go in the rain, they do look different. They look like wet beach huts.

Back to the macro and as many opportunities for misidentification as there are photographs, have fun, give me a good kicking one day it will sink in……………….Maybe!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   A fall at the first fence………….Heeelp!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Dandelion…………No problem here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ll have a crack at this one………Flesh Fly?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Needle Fly……….It may be! I have reservations as it’s head is covered in pollen and they are not supposed to eat, it may have had a crash I suppose.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Daisy…………I’m on safe ground here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                  I suspect this is an Alder half way between bud and leaf………….Please don’t take my word for it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       This is new growth on a Leylandi, I pushed the gamma slider too far but quite liked the effect on a tree I dislike.   

All the above macros were shot with a 35mm macro lens stuffed onto a 2 x teleconverter hand held at 400 ISO aperture wide open at f7 (with the converter on). This Chaffinch I noticed whilst writing the blog the first I have seen around here. Knee deep in them in Kielder Forest!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Almost forgot I have a joke…New to me.

‘There is good in everybody if you look, even paedophiles slow down when driving past schools.’

That’s all for today and all the best.



  1. I like the colourful beach huts,that is my favorite.The macro shots are brilliant as well,but I hate insects,they give me the creeps.

  2. Good selection of macros Adrian; but I'm not going to attempt ID's. I'm hopeless with insects.

  3. Great macro shots Adrian. I'm not going to make any guesses as to what they are though.
    What garish beach huts. I assume they are at Whitby. I don't remember seeing them but it is many years since I was last there.

  4. very interesant blog;and beautiful photo, bravo

  5. I like it! And I think you're right--harsh light is good light through a macro lense, maybe because the camera is pointed down...

  6. LMAO Adrian... I had a bunch of thoughtful comments in my head and I lost them them all while laughing my butt off over your joke. HAHA... love it! I love that daisy shot though; it really is spectacular!

  7. Agree with Matron. The beach huts are beautifully captured. The Chaffinch is also a lovely shot.

  8. I can spend hours (ok, lets be realistic, I can spend lots of minutes) photographing things in macro. In some ways I enjoy it more than 'normal' shooting.

  9. Matron, Thanks, I find creepy crawlies fascinating.

    Keith thanks.

    John, yes all Whitby.

    Sebi, thank you.

    Jolynne, The lens tends to cast a shadow when it's that close.

    Krista I aim to please.

    Trevor, I will keep trying with the huts. There seems to be more potential there I feel.

    GB, I don't do much but it is good on a still day.

  10. Great pictures!!! congratulations!!!



  11. Frances, thank you very much, I am getting a little behind in the blog world but hope to catch up this weekend.