Posted on November 7, 2021
This is only my second attempt at photographing dragonflies and it’s by no means my best photography. I find them quite tricky little characters to focus on as they rarely stay still long enough to capture their detail in full focus. I happened by this dragonfly purely by chance while exploring a local nature reserve in Nottinghamshire a few weeks back, I believe this to be a Common Darter Dragonfly. After my last attempt of photographing a Damselfly, when I spotted this one I wanted a second attempt at photographing these incredible insects, hoping I could capture it in more detail that my previous attempt.
I have been inspired for a little while now by photographer Mike Powell and his amazing photographs of dragonflies. The attention to detail in his photographs of these flighty little characters is superb. I could only wish that my shots were half as good as his.
Next Summer I need to plan to seek out dragonflies in the hope that I can get more practice as photographing them and capturing them in all their glorious detail.
Posted on May 11, 2021
A lot of patience is usually required when photographing bees (any winged insect for that matter) just as you have focused on them they are off to their next plant or flower. I love watching them as the busy themselves collecting nectar and pollen from the plants that they visit.
I captured these shots while photographing some Cosmos flowers (aka Mexican Aster) where the soft pink of the blooms caught my eye, clearly I was not the only one they caught the attention of.
Posted on November 26, 2020
Bees may not bee (pun very much intended) everyone’s favourite insect. However they are very important to the life-cycle of our planet, and how can you not love these little pollinators? They may not be the easiest subject to photograph (patience is definitely required to get the perfect shot) but when you get that perfect clear shot they are interesting subjects. Its not always easy to see them in full detail with the naked eye, but armed with my trusted zoom/macro lens I can capture them in all their glory.
Posted on September 7, 2020
My first attempt at photographing a dragonfly, not my best work but I am pretty impressed with the end result nevertheless. As you can imagine they are quite difficult to photograph as they don’t stay in one place for more than a few seconds at any one time, so a lot of patience was required. They are also quite small and with how quick they move sometimes finding where it had moved to and re-focusing was a challenge in itself.
This dragonfly was a complete chance encounter while out for another one of my photo walks. Not actually sure if I have ever encountered a dragonfly before let alone try to photograph one. I believe that this specimen is a Azure Damselfly. I feel very lucky to have been able to witness this fellow so close up.
Posted on July 23, 2015
Living in the city sometimes I think we all forget about the nature that is right on our doorstep, myself included. You can find a glimpse of nature in any urban space.
Across the road from our own urban space we have our own little glimpse of nature. Reminding me that beauty can be found everywhere.
Posted on November 26, 2011
The third and final photo blog entry for today, again following on from the previous two posts. The Sheffield Botanical Gardens provided me with more inspiration this time in the form of insects as well as the flowers.
Combine lots of flowers with warm sunny July weather and you will almost certainly see bee’s. This was no exception, so tried some macro photography to capture the winged honey makers as they hovered and collected their nectar.
It took ages to get some of these shots as you really need to have patience when trying to photograph insects. There was an abundance of wasps and bees, trying to get the right shot at the right moment was painstaking.
I think the patience paid off eventually as I am quite pleased with the shots that I did manage to capture.