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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.
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Thursday, 6 June 2013

DETAILS. (06/06/13)

We were out three times this morning scanning the firth for Dolphin. Not a sign this morning till eight thirty when a pod of five or six were spotted about a mile away.

I was torn between doing laundry and giving the macro lens an outing. It was a bit breezy but the results could have been worse._MG_0689  This is Ribwort Plantain…..it’s about halfway through doing what they do.

_MG_0691   A Gorse flower.

_MG_0692   Blossom…..I’m only guessing but I think it’s Crab Apple.

_MG_0693   Common Bird’s Foot Trefoil. I hope.

_MG_0700    Hogweed.

_MG_0698    Hogweed at 4x magnification.

I think could do better would be generous criticism. I find it very hard to get these shots sharp.

The weather is perfect so I’ll see what I can find for tomorrow.

24 comments:

  1. The wind for me right now is my worst enemy for these kind of outdoor macro shots. The wind makes have to raise my ISO. I'm also trying to use the monopod when it's still to get more DOF with longer exposures, but with the winds it's an uphill process. The Hogweed and the Crab Apple came out very nice. I'm finding that weeds and vines have curious and more interesting flowers. Hopefully the summer weather will help with the wind.

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    1. Maria, I should have brought them inside. None are rare. i'm half pleased with the Hogweed flower as they are only a mm or so diameter.

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  2. HI Adrian I was thinking when you said you had to make a choice between laundry and camera, for me there would be no contest. Camera wins every time! Our Hogweed is not out yet but we have loads of Queen Anne's Lace still and it smell lovely. Perhpas the wind will go down tomorrow for you to try again. Margaret

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    1. Margaret, I was trying to sound domestic. I do need to do laundry but have been known to hang stuff out in the breeze and recycle.
      I should have brought them inside. none are rare.

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  3. Great captures, Adrian.

    It is refreshing to see bright colours.

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    1. Daniel, adequate I think sums them up.

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  4. heerlijk om zo thuis te komen.

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  5. Thanks Adrian for this gift. They are beautiful!
    We go with the Vespa. Until Monday.
    Have a great weekend.
    A hug.

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  6. That sounds like a lot of fun. Great shots of the flowers!

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  7. The dolphins may not be cooperating but there certainly is an abundance of blooms. Try and get some elevation and it's easier to spot the dolphins and you get a little more picture. Unless you're right on top of them you don't get much.

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    1. Red, there is usually something to annoy with a camera. I can see fine from the van and it's only a ten minute walk if I see them feeding.

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  8. A good selection there Adrian, despite your problem wind.
    Not sure about the crab apple ID; I'll leave that one to the experts.

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  9. Keith, I'm blaming the venison and cranberry pie. It gave me heartburn as well.

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  10. I find macro photography 'in the wild' difficult. Unless I can use a really fast shutter speed the slightest breeze seems to move the subject just as the shutter is pressed

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    1. John, it's a challenge. The MP-E 65mm is a cracking lens, I have had to invent new words to relieve frustration. One of many problems I'll have to surmount is arising from a prone position. I don't like using the tripod/macro plate/camera/lens as an aid. I think a cheapo tripod may be the answer, be more professional looking than a zimmer frame. Shutter speed doesn't really help nor does flash as it is impossible to guess when to fire it.
      I was pleased with the hogweed I never knew it had a little shiny bit in the middle, nor the little antennae with blobs on.

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  11. Nice shots- I am impressed that you know the names of these...I need to do that..but I am lazy! The last shot is amazing.

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    1. Terri, the shots are middling.
      I had a good day....I guessed nearly right. I am lucky I have followers who know plants from just an inch of their roots and birds from a glimpse of a feather. I just guess and they put me right.

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  12. Pretty macros. I envy you the dolphin-watching.

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  13. Impressed and surprised by the Hogweed macro. I had no idea at all that it looked like that.

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  14. Took me by surprise as well. I know next to nothing about plants. Stunning are things close up.

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