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To photograph most insects requires a close focusing lens, patience, luck and a certain amount of research. It helps to know the habitat, food plant, active time and season. Background is important and difficult to control as you are photographing insect in its natural habitat. If the background is too distracting it is best to move on and find another insect. The depth of field has a large impact on the look of the background. The smaller the aperture the more defined the background becomes. But often a small aperature is required to give sufficient sharpness to the subject.. One approach is to select the flower with the best background and wait to see what lands on it.


Common Darter Dragonfly

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This dragonfly stayed long enough to enable me change position and make two different compositions. Processed in Lightroom & Photoshop

Full Frame Camera ISO 200  Hand Held
105mm Macro Lens
1/250s @ F11


Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

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Feeding on ragwort these are very common where ever ragwort is to be found. They are often quite active and feeding during the day.  Either patience is needed to wait for a still moment or a fast shutter speed. Processed in Lightroom & Photoshop with large crop to give the vertical letter box.

Full Frame Camera ISO 200  Hand Held
105mm Macro Lens
1/60s @ F11 




 Lady bird

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I liked this image as the ladybirds dinner, aphids, were lurking underneath the stinging nettle leaves. Processed in Lightroom & Photoshop with a fairly large crop.

 AP-C Camera ISO 200  Tripod Mounted
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm Lens
1/13s @ F8




Honey Bee

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This lens was a bit too short really for insect photography but honey bees are fairly obliging.

AP-C camera ISO 200  Hand Held
50mm Macro Lens
1/75s @ F8



Essex Skipper Butterfly

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This was a lucky image although hand held I managed get two images that I could stack  to increase the very shallow depth of field. I liked the way the butterfly was peering round the side of the grass flower head, watching my movements. 

 Full Frame Camera ISO 800  Hand Held
105mm Macro Lens
1/320s @ F8




 Blue Morpho Burrerfly

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This butterfly is native to central and south america, photographed at a butterfly display. 

AP-C Camera ISO 1600  Monopod Mounted
80mm Macro Lens
1/20s @ F8



Aphid on Cranesbill


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This image is made from a stack of 50. You just have hope the wind doesn't blow while the 50 images are being taken. This give a sharp subject and flower with an out of focus background.

AP-C Camera ISO 200 Tripod 
80mm Macro Lens + 1.4X
1/200s @ F5.6