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, 3 August 2015

MACRO MISCELLENY. (03/08/15)

It rained hard in the early hours of this morning but cleared up nicely by dawn. _MG_1534

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I noticed this Leafhopper sitting trying to dry out on a nettle leaf. I managed to get stung but also managed a side view. I really want a front view but it hopped away and once they hop they are almost impossible to find again. I think this is a Common Froghopper; Philaenus spumaris.

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Dozens of Harvestmen about but I failed as always to get a good shot. I really want a side or front view as they have this cracking turret on top of their abdomen which they keep their eyes in it’s called an ocularium, wonderful word. I also failed to find one with a full compliment of limbs. They seem to be a little blasé or cavalier in their attitude to legs.

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The bracken is almost ready to spore and if I remember I’ll ask it nicely for a spore print.

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A couple of Hoverflies to finish with today. I forgot to write down what they were and can’t tell from this angle. The tongue on the second one is brilliant. I never realised that they had hairy tongues.

That’s all for today, enjoy the week.

19 comments:

  1. Gotta love the lines on the 4th pic.

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    1. John, 1/60s for the sky and fill flash for the Bracken. Worked fine for once.

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  2. HI Adrian I did not know what the first 2 shots were! Interesting that the tongue has hairs in the last shot.

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    1. Margaret, they come in some wonderful colours but are difficult to find and harder to get a snap of as they can jump half a mile. Insects are amazingly complex.

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  3. That's the trouble with those damn froghoppers...once they're gone...they're gone!
    And what's wrong with having a hairy tongue?...[;o)

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    1. Trevor this one was better than most but I still only managed three shots. Fortunately two were there or thereabouts.
      Nothing wrong with the odd hair but I just never knew they did.
      I'll have to get out earlier as I notice there are some bright coloured hoppers but I get excited when I see one and they hop quicker. I am convinced that the stunning pictures are taken of dead ones. I know folk use reversed lenses but that is basically what the MP-E 65mm is that's why it is so nose heavy. I'm glad I found it and now feel happy using it. Only took me three years to master it.

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    2. PS. Master it. get an image from it is nearer the truth.

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  4. I'd say you've mastered it. These are cracking images.

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    1. Keith i have still got to stop the background blacking out. It's not a big job to swap a black background using a blend mode. I'll give it a whirl.

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    2. Trevor's look better with his coloured backgrounds. It is easier with the 100mm lens but then magnification is far lower. I do try and use 1/60s to get some background and pray the bloody insect is still in focus when the strobe fires. I need more practise. It's not easy.

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  5. Fantastic capture of the water droplet on the first little bug!

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  6. Superb images Adrian with added bonus of water droplets on some. I hope you get some spore prints I enjoy them

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    1. Yes a better day than of late. I'll fetch a bit back to the van and get a print.

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  7. I must look out my harvestmen pictures. I don't remember missing legs. Violent place Auchtermuchty.

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    1. Graham, I'll have a look or some more when the rain stops. I think they must shed them.

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