Garden Insects

Over the last few weeks it’s become a bit of a habit to go into the garden at some point in the day with my camera to see if I can get any pictures of the insects and spiders which crawl and fly around the plants. Although neither my wife Janice or I are naturally gifted gardeners, we have been steadily improving the condition of the garden and introducing more plants and flowers  in order to encourage more insects and […]

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London Zoo – 35mm slides from 1980 (part 2)

This is a follow up to the post of a couple of weeks ago with some more pictures taken c1980 with either a Petri MF-1 or an Olympus OM-20 camera. Having sorted through some more of my Dad’s old box of slides I found a further two sets of colour slide films which I took during a visit to London zoo. These were all duplicated with a slide duplicator rather than scanned and I think they are better as a result. […]

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Macro photography – Small golden dragonfly

Dragonflies have alway been a problem for me to photograph, so I am particularly pleased that I managed to get quite close to a small golden dragonfly today when I had my specialist macro lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6. I’m not sure of the species, but I found this dragonfly sitting on the end of a stick which was acting as a stake for a small tree. Normally if I find a dragonfly sitting anywhere it will be […]

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Macro photographs with my Nex 6

This morning I took my customary walk around the field near our house to see what insects I could find before the Sun warmed them to the point where I wouldn’t be able to catch them. I found quite a variety of insects as I walked around – butterflies, ladybirds and flies, and I also managed to get some pictures of the red mayflies which were darting about the pond in the corner of a children’s playground in Knebworth. I’ve […]

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I wish I had my macro lens today

We have been away for a couple of days visiting my Sister in Norwich. I assumed that since she lives in a city the last thing I would need would be my macro kit so I only took my standard ‘takumar kit‘ with me. Unfortunately it turned out I was wrong as we went for a walk into the woods by her house and discovered there is a nature park next to the woods and a whole collection of small […]

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Macro Photography – Grasshopper

I found this little grasshopper in a wooded area of Stevenage called Prior’s Wood yesterday. I could hear the grasshoppers all around as I walked about looking for butterflies. Unfortunately the butterfly population this year seems to be severely depleted, with only a few Marbled White, small Skippers and the common Tortoiseshell, Comma etc about. A couple of years ago I went to the same area and you could almost guarantee some great pictures just by pointing your camera at […]

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Snowdrops and Daffodils

I saw some snowdrops growing in a local patch of grassland a few days ago and took a quick snap on my mobile phone, but resolved to go back another day with my ‘real’ camera. Well, this morning James & I went back and I took some more pictures & used the opportunity to try out the Metz 58 af2 flash gun I got at Christmas as a fill in flash. I have not used a flash much before, and […]

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Natural Patterns in Nature

Flowers are great subjects for pictures, especially if you can get close enough to see the flower properly. I found this flower in Knebworth, and I was immediately drawn to the brilliant symmetrical natural patterns it displayed. I don’t know what the actual botanical name of the plant is but it’s a fantastic example of the way nature throws up patterns. Pentax K-5 Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1/250 sec f/11 iso1600

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The lucky moment – Geese in flight

There are some pictures which are planned and there are some which are the result of a lucky moment. This picture was a mixture of both. We were on holiday in CenterParcs at Elvden Forest in February 2012 and we went to one of the lakes to have a walk round the shore. I saw that this presented an opportunity for some nature pictures so I fitted my Tamron 70-300 mm telezoom to my Pentax K-r and we started to […]

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Family Pictures – Pergola

This is another picture that I took on a Family Visit to Knebworth House. Jan and the children had been walking through the pergola towards the Maze and I’d stopped to take a few pictures of the wooden tree carvings. I suddenly noticed that they had gone and when I found them they were nicely framed by the pergols in the distance with the sunlight making patterns on the ground. My camera at the time was a Pentax K200D and […]

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Picture of a Hoverfly on a flower

This image of a hoverfly on a flower, was taken with a Pentax K-r DSLT using a Tamron 70-300 mm Macro Zoom. Considering the camera and lens involved, I think this is quite a good quality image. The Pentax K-r does not have a sensor of the same calibre as the K-5, and the Tamron 70-300 lens cost me only £90, but at normal image size there is not noticeable noise in the image, and this was taken at iso3200 […]

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Macro Photography, A Bite to Eat

This picture, which I’ve called ‘Macro Photography, A bite to eat’, was taken with my Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens in a field quite near my house in Stevenage, Hertfordshire UK. The insect is a soldier beetle which was walking up the stalk of a plant when I took this picture from above looking down into the undergrowth. The actual picture has been swung through 180 degrees; the insect was actually walking up the back of the stalk, but I […]

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Macro Photography – Hoverfly with Pollen

Early last year I bought myself a Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens for my Pentax K-r. Subsequently I upgraded the K-r to a K-5 and the image above is one of the first which I took with this combination. It’s taken at quite a high iso and this is because the picture was taken using the unique feature of the Pentax K-5, which is the ability to set the shutter speed and the aperture and let the camera adjust the […]

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Macro Photography, Ladybird

Macro Photography, Ladybird I took this image with a Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro lens and I count it as one of my favourite images from the pictures I’ve taken. I took this picture in Priors wood in the North part of Stevenage in June 2012. I’d actually gone to that part of Stevenage to take butterfly pictures because the year before I’d visited and found a butterfly photographers paradise with hundreds of butterflies of many different species everywhere. On this […]

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