It’s another scorchio day. Yesterday whilst out and about looking at flora I found some spiders. There were dozens of them stalking flies and I tried and tried to get a macro shot of them but it was a fruitless quest. Not only can they run fast but they can jump as well.
I was pondering the problem last evening when I remembered that a couple of years ago I got dragonflies in flight using extension tubes on a 400mm lens. This morning whilst having breakfast I stuck 70mm worth of tubes on the 400mm lens then noticed a drone fly hovering outside the window. After several goes and putting the camera on burst mode like the birders do I got it’s picture.
After a much delayed breakfast and going down on my knees in floods of tears in front of the farmer for permission to piggyback his internet we eventually went to find the spiders.
Green Bottle; Lucilia sericata. There were dozens of these but it took twenty minutes of dragging my fingers through dead bracken to find a spider and then another five minutes to find where it had run to.
This system is not macro but does allow for reasonable images without the insect disappearing. Subject to front element distance is about a couple of feet or so. Next is to get a butterfly flying.
That’s me up to date.