Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Micromoths seen in new light

Common Slender, Caloptilia syringella
I have been learning to use my flash for macro photography the past few days. It takes me back to my underwater photography roots 30 years ago when I used  a Nikonos IV with close-up kit and SB101 flash. After some experimentation with house plants and reference to manuals and websites, I visited Lobb’s Wood on Saturday for some trials. On Sunday I made two visits to Rewell Wood. The secret seems to be taking photos in the shade to reduce the ambient light so that it doesn’t expose much during the flash exposure.
Equipment: Nikon D90, Sigma 180mm macro f3.5, SB400 flash with diffuser. Manual setting, minimum f-stop (>f32), 1/60th sec (flash synch speed), using EV to vary exposures.
Rewell Wood:
bee - id needed please!
Braconid wasp - species?
Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii with Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
male Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale
Dark Bush Cricket nymph, Pholidoptera griseoaptera
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Unmarked Neb, Eulamprotes unicolorella
fly - id needed please!
fly - id needed please!
fly - id needed please!
Fly Orchid, Ophrys insectifera
Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Hairy Shieldbug, Dolycoris baccarum
Hemp-agrimony Plume, Adaina microdactyla
Hemp-agrimony Plume, Adaina microdactyla
Labyrinth Spider, Agelena labyrinthica
Red Piercer, Lathronympha strigana
Red Piercer, Lathronympha strigana
Leafhopper, Thamnotettix dilutior
Meadow Grey, Scoparia pyralella
Micropterix aruncella
Nettle Weevil, Phyllobius pomaceus
Nettle Weevil, Phyllobius pomaceus
Orchid Beetle, Dascillus cervinus
Orchid Beetle, Dascillus cervinus
Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Sanicle, Sanicula europaea
Sciomyzid fly - species?
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
White-lipped snail, Cepaea hortensis
spider - id needed please!
Tiger Cranefly, Nephrotoma species
Wood Avens, Geum urbanum
Yellow Dung fly, Scatophaga stercoraria
Yellow Dung fly, Scatophaga stercoraria

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