ABOUT ME

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
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Monday, 26 July 2010

MACRO MONDAY (26/07?10)

I am back in Stockton on Tees after having enjoyed a wonderful weekend with my youngest brother in Derbyshire. Not much photography was achieved which considering I wiped a memory card is just as well.

This morning we went for a wander round the adjacent nature reserve, nothing much about with the exception of two or three different types of Bumble Bee. After a laundry session off we set again with tripod cable release and macro lens. They were far too fast for me so it is with some relief that I got one shot I like.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Hoverfly this is the best known of the Hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus. Feasting on nectar from a thistle flower. The tiny black things are………………………………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPollen Beetles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese tiny flowers are about the same size as the Pollen Beetle just a few millimetres across and belong to The Greater Burnet-Saxifrage……………..Or at least I hope they do. I’ll no doubt be hearing shortly if, as is often the case, I’ve misidentified them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the entire flower head.

We are here tomorrow and the I’m moving on to Barnard Castle for a week. After that who knows but a few days at the Tan Hill Inn is something that looks as if it could be fun.

15 comments:

  1. That hoverfly is the dogs thingys Adrian. Excellent shot sir.
    A great set.

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  2. Keith I was pleased the only one of three any good, not cropped so would print no trouble at A3. Not quite sure who would want a giant Hoverfly on their wall mind. I have a picture that really is the dogs bollocks. can post it tomorrow.

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  3. Could be sneezewort. Hope you enjoy Barnard Castle. There's a fine walk upstream there, towards Cotherstone. Also downstream from Egglestone Abbey the Tees runs through a narrow rocky gorge, very photogenic. Up t'dale, the walk from Bowlees to High Force is one of my favourites .... always something interesting.Romaldkirk is a very attractive village with some fine walks and a good pub for lunch (Rose and Crown). Tourist authority should be bunging me a few quid for this...

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  4. Nope, I tell a lie - I think it's yarrow, sneezewort flowers are bigger....

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  5. Phil thanks for all that will have a good look around.

    Phil having looked at the appalling picture of Yarrow in my book I will take your word for it. Thanks

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  6. Wow, that's a brilliant photo of the Hover-fly Adrian, good use with macro.

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  7. Bob thank you as always a bit of luck and a bit of happenstance.

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  8. That has to be the prettiest fly I've ever seen! Beautiful flower, too! Enjoy your travels!

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  9. Pauline, if you get up close insects can be beautiful some like people are a bit on the rough side.

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  10. Insects are very inconsiderate when it comes to photographing them. Brilliant macro of the hoverfly.

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  11. Jonn Ta, so is everything else that can move with the possible exception of invertebrates and I've been known to have problems with those.

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  12. Great shot of the Hoverfly Adrian. Just catching up.

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  13. Angie, Ta what's happened to the sketches?

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  14. These are brilliant Adrian. I really love that top one. Great detail and a very interesting DOF too!

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  15. Krista, thanks the depth of field comes with the territory. lens wide open, mirror locked up manual focus and cable release. Getting DOF is hard. compacts do it due to the small sensor. The safest way is to bracket with the camera set to speed. shoot in Raw and the best are recoverable. Bomb proof way is to buy ring flash. A touch pricey for me.

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