Conditions were finally right, i.e. warm and overcast as opposed to wet and windy, during a time I was available to get down to a local nature reserve to take some insect photographs. It is still a bit early in the year for loads of creepy crawlies however there dragonflies and damselflies are beginning to show in numbers and the butterflies are slowly starting to appear.
After spending many frustrating hours a few years back I have come to the realisation a macro lens is no good for shooting dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies during the day – they are constantly flying around and when they do stop it is for s split second before darting off again. Sure, I could hang around for hours waiting for that one dragonfly or whatever to rest on some vegetation close enough for me to get a macro shot, but it seldom happens (not in the middle of the day) so I didn’t even bother with the macro lens and left it home.
Below is a sample of the images during the couple of hours I had available:-
"Purple meadow flowers" "White meadow flowers"
All of the above prints are available to buy – simply click on the link of each one (if you are interested of course).
All of the photos above were taken with my trusty old Canon 7d (because of the crop factor, its high burst rate and super quick auto focus) combined with a Canon 28mm – 300mm f3.5 – 5.6L lens (because of its broad focal range, its image stabilization and awesome image quality). I didn’t bother taking a speed light, there really is no point in adding unnecessary weight as all the photos were taken handheld (yep, I didn’t bother taking a tripod either).
I haven’t had a chance to do any insect photography for many months, so I am a bit rusty and have realized I need to do a lot more (which I plan to do) to get back in to it again. The trip to the nature reserve was good fun, I forgot just how much I enjoyed insect photography, and it has definitely whetted my appetite again.