Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Beewolf Wasps


Beewolf Wasps

Last Saturday I went with my good friend Richard Revels to photograph Beewolf wasps at the Pinnacle at Sandy. Not the easiest things to photograph but I managed to get some reasonable shots. 

All taken with the E-M1 MkIII and the 40-150mm F2.8 lens +MC14 converter. ISO 800, and varying shutter speeds between 1/1000thsec and 1/25000th sec, all at F8. They were taken hand held whilst laying down on the sand. Not the easiest photography to do, because as good as the focusing on the Olympus is, its not easy to `lock on` to very small flying insects.  I used a combination of Continual Autofocus, and Pro Capture Low. 








These last two shots are Pantaloon Bees 











  

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Orchids and Sundews


Orchids and Sundews 

A few images of Orchids and Sundew plants from a visit down to two nature reserves in Kent during mid June.

 All taken with the Olympus E-M1 Mk II and either the 60mm F2.8 macro lens, or the 40-150mm F2.8 + MC14 converter. Some images are straight one shot images, while others are using the `in camera` focus stacking that is on the Olympus cameras.

Fragrant Orchid 
Greater Butterfly Orchid 
Heath Sotted Orchid 
Heath Spotted Orchid
Lady Orchid
Lady Orchid Detail 
Bee Orchid 
Sundew Plants - probably the most difficult plants I have ever photographed. They are hug the ground so small, -only about 1/2-1" in height.  


The following are a few Orchids from last year. Again, all taken on the E-M1 mkII and the 40-150mm F2.8+MC 14 Converter





This wide angle shot was taken with the 9-18mm F3.5-4.5 lens













Thursday, 11 June 2020

Nature in Macro Talk


Nature in Macro Talk 

This talk shows how I go about photographing the wide assortment of butterflies, moths, damselflies, dragonflies and other insects that we have in the countryside. It also covers reptiles, amphibians, wild flowers, orchids and fungi. 

In the talk I explain what equipment I use, and how I go about  photographing each of the different types of subjects. It covers focus stacking, aperture, depth of field, and shows how to get sharp pictures when conditions are difficult. It also shows how to get close to subjects and also how to find them.  In the second part of the talk, there is a quiz where the members have to pick out of 10 images which image was taken under controlled conditions in a studio set up. 

The following are shots from the talk. 


























Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Camera Club Talk Update - Latest Images 2020 - Why I Switched


 Camera Club Talk Update - Latest Images 2020 - Why I Switched 

Whilst being in lockdown, it has given me plenty of time to update and rework some of the talks that I present to camera clubs/photographic societies. The latest one is called :

Latest Images 2020 - Why I Switched 

It covers a wide range of subject matter - Sport, Natural History, Landscape, Portraits and Photojournalism.  Whilst clubs are still in a case of limbo, I will do this talk as a digital presentation, but when things are back to normal, it will be a print presentation. 

Below are a few images from the talk.