Thanks guys, I felt quite lucky to get to see this behaviour let alone get some shots. I think I have created a zebra jumper utopia at the moment with my greenhouse. Last year after a helpful neighbor dropped a tree on it I decided to get rid of the broken panes and then wrap the entire frame...
Really not great shots but I spotted a flurry of activity and only had a few secs to take a couple snaps before it was all over.
1. Male Zebra jumpers facing off for the corner spot of the greenhouse, you can guess who won.
Thanks guys, I had never seen that before either but it was the first thing I spotted when I knelt by the river, the skater was really quite savage in its attacks.
Thanks Andrew and cheers for checking out my Flickr stuff I'm glad you liked it. Apart from insects I do love to shoot flowers...
I think these are pretty good for just giving it a go, Liking the crab spider shot the most. I would hazard a guess that the first is a nursery web spider if that is a nettle it is perched on, hard to tell without scale or seeing it from a higher angle.
After doing a bit more research I think this is a male Blue Mason Bee although an Osmia aureulenta would have been cool, especially if I could find its shell.
It was licking the wood by look of the photos but I could see it lock on with its mandibles occasionally.
I would second Derek on the second shot being a St Marks Fly and as for the spider... Bit surprised the St Marks are still out as I was shooting them nearly a month ago and they don't live very long in their adult state. the third shot is probably a dance or dagger fly.
For me a large part of macro and close up is controlling my breathing not necessarily holding my breath. Once the shot is lined up and composed I get as near as I can in focus manually. Then I just try to time my shots so my breathing and its resulting body sway pushes or pulls the subject into...
These tiny flowers were originally purple and pink but as the blooms faded the bright oranges really caught my eye. Tried one wide open and the other stopped down just to mess about and then spotted this little caterpillar munching on the pistil.
Cheers Graham, shouldn't be long for you now although I agree its a bit odd for us to get them first. Then again for all I know the ones that came out on Tuesday could have just been killed off by the miserable cold rainy day we had yesterday. I had planned to go out again this morning and...
Not a bad first attempt, missed the focus on the eyes by a hair though. Without even taking outside conditions like wind into consideration focusing on such tiny subjects can be difficult, just the act of breathing can throw a shot off.
Also that is a drone fly not a wasp.:)
Thanks, the first was shot with water behind the damsel. The grey colour is probably the very overcast day reflected in it. For the kit its a Canon 600d with a sigma 150mm and a yn24ex twinflash w/ some 3d printed diffusers off of ebay. Ditto on the emergence, every year I...
Cheers Dale, I'm really hoping to catch an emergence this year and do a sequence of it if I can. These are as close as I have ever gotten and I reckon I was about 6-7 hours too late. I was on the fence with the first shot as I had edited a version which was a little less bright but I opted...