Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Right Conditions for Dragonfly Photography

 Today was bright and sunny so a third attempt at Burwash pools. This time - just right as enough wind to cause the dragonflies to 'hover' into the breeze but lots of light so I could use the 300mm plus 1.4 extender. There were lots of Common Darter pairs and also Emperor and Brown Hawker females egg laying. The Emperor males were busy patrolling the pools while a very elegant Emerald Damselfly perched long enough to be snapped.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Different weather - different result

I went back to Burwash dragonfly pools today with the 300mm lens but it was mainly overcast, cool and windy so only one Hawker active over the water. I am pleased with the shot. This was taken at a 1/2000th - same shutterspeed as yesterday's Emperor but the wingbeat of the Migrant Hawker is obviously much faster.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dragonfly Pools Burwash Farm Barton

I made my first proper visit to Burwash Pools today and was amazed by the amount of water everywhere. There was a lot of dragonfly activity and I photographed two new species for my records of the area - the Migrant Hawker and the Brown Hawker. Many of the insects were very damaged though still managing to fly - I guess the result of the heavy rain recently. Species in order Male Emperor Dragonfly,  Pair of Common Darters, Four-Spot Chaser, Pair of Emerald Damselflies, Male Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Female Brown Hawker, Common Blue Butterflies and an inquisitive cow.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Very Clear Light in Cambridge

 Today was very bright sunshine in Cambridge in the morning giving difficult but attractive lighting for photography.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lakenheath Spiders and Damsels

 Very few bird sightings at Lakenheath but lots of insect activity. As I had the 300mm with me, I used that with an extension ring. There were Common Darters and Ruddy Darters (mating pair); the latter has all black legs and a waisted abdomen. A number of damselflies and flies had got caught in spiders' webs. I like  the last shot as it show the silk being spun out of the spinnerets around the prey.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Whitlingham Country Park

 In Norwich area to give a talk so spent a bit of time at Whitlingham Park. Found a few insects to chase with my 100mm macro. I was very pleased to see and record the Brown Hawker though not a good photo.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Red, Yellow and Blue

 Some colour-coordinated images from London trip to go with the 30 degree plus temperatures

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tate Modern

 We visited the Tate Modern in London on a very hot day. It is the first time that I have visited the Galleries since photography was allowed and so had great fun shooting people and artwork. I also did a bit of slow shutterspeed work and particularly liked the last image - the result of knocking the camera during a 15sec. exposure.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Infrared Miscellany from Cambridge

 A few infrared images grabbed during a teaching session in Cambridge yesterday to show some of the final images you can end up with depending on the initial exposures and the processing techniques used.

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so