Before the autumn sets in and the insect life is no longer around in numbers I have been out practicing my Macro photography skills. It has been harder to find insects roosting as I go on my morning walks, they hide well so you have to focus on the sides of the paths, which is alright by me as the birds and mammals have been undercover for most of the recent month, so not much photography there. I did manage to find some flies covered in varying degrees of wetness! I love getting close to them as they are wildlife you take for granted without a second look, sometimes annoying as with wasps and flies, but when up close they are beautiful creatures and another world so close to home!
The three images above were taken with a 40-150mm lens on my Olympus micro 4/3rds camera at 150mm giving a focal length of 300mm, this lens, as is the 300mm pro lens are both excellent for close-up photography especially moving things like butterflies, if you go in with a Macro lens they are soon gone but with the longer focal length lenses it gives you a chance and you can add extension tubes to get the focussing distance a little closer.
Having said all that about my other lenses I wanted to practice using my 60mm Macro lens, I was finding it difficult to fine focus on the subject, when you are so close there is a very small margin for error. As I often do these days I turn to Facebook and on there I belong to an Olympus OMD Owner’s group and I have been getting some really good advice on how I can achieve this. So I needed to get out and try with some subjects down Greenway lane mainly feeding on the Angelica flowers, most of the insects were happy to have the lens close to them and taking into account the tips I managed to get some acceptable images. I’m just sorry the season is nearly at and end but hopefully there might still be dew covered spiders and webs!