I first got my macro lens in December, 2015. January was a very busy time of visiting the botanical gardens and documenting everything. I haven’t done that this year as I’ve been too knackered to go, but from Oct- Feb I’m going to try and make biweekly visits. My new project!
Here are my observations from earlier this year.
It was an incredibly productive day. I’d struggled to find many my previous visit, although that was because there was a dog fight, resulting in injuries, near where I was photographing.
We went to the vegetable garden and immediately saw two awesome looking species of spider. This is one of my favourite places to try macro. It is better after 2pm, although that is based on very few visits. I love the photos of the hairy spider. In one set, the spider is in focus. In the second image, its prey is. How awesome is that?
I still struggle with focus, but I know photography while watching a little dude isn’t the best opportunity to experiment. It is always worthwhile as he discovers the bugs that I miss.
Here are the photos from the botanical gardens that I took just before Christmas. They are mediocre. Part of it was because the bugs just weren’t out. Really, it was because there was a meetup for owners of german shepards.
Two dogs got into a fight. One got injured, and the human got hurt too. It was incredibly awkward to overhear.
The photos are mediocre and definitely not clear enough. I can recognize some of the bugs I’ve seen. This is the type of detail you wouldn’t know unless you looked very, very closely. I’ve also been experimenting with taking photos with a background that isn’t busy. This is really hard, especially since the bugs move around so quickly. It is very effective though.
I very much prefer experimenting here then trying to find interesting things in the backyard. I’m curious to learn about other places to find cool bugs, especially after reading this article. No rest for the nerdy!