Thursday 4 June 2009

Local Patch - Another wander

......down to the local nature reserve on my doorstep, known as Bridgetown Meadows in Stratford upon Avon.

I shared a couple of images from there last weekend here, and also a male Broad Bodied Chaser from my garden and here.

Following that theme, I saw a number of Female Broad Bodied Chasers, about four in all, plus I got a nice underside view of another Painted Lady butterfly, and also a Green Veined White with some late evening side lighting on it.

All of these images were taken with the Canon 1Dmk11 and the Canon 180 f.35L macro. I supported the camera on a monopod with the Arca Swiss Ballhead. I find the monopod gives useful support, and maintains a more steady platform than if I were handholding. For these subjects, I find a tripod is far too time consuming and doesn't allow you to move easily towards the subject. I prefer to stand off, get an image and move slowly towards the subject. Shooting off another image and again moving. The monopod helps this technique far better than I can ever manage with a tripod. The support provided is useful given that the two Canon macro lenses of the 180 and the 100 do not have image stabilisation, so a steady hand would be required ordinarily.

This little reserve really is a gem just five minutes away and I am looking forward to a number of other photo opportunities presenting themselves there.

Female Broad Bodied Chaser

Painted Lady

Green Veined White


1 comment:

  1. Martin thanks for a great insight how to capture these shots especially as my new macro arrived this morning - thanks again.