Monday, 19 August 2019

Eyeing Up the Next Meal?

A Common Darter dragonfly seems to have its eyes on the green bottle fly.


A hurried shot with the Nikon Coolpix S9050

Plant Patterns

Just a few close shots of patterns on plants in my garden






It was good practice using the M5 with 28mm macro lens in very blustery conditions.
All taken in RAW, cropped and saved as 100% JPGs in Affinity Photo.

Saturday, 17 August 2019


An afternoon look round to see what minibeasts were about.

Bee on Bramble


Woodlouse on rotting wood


Ants on the same rotting wood


A moth, possibly AgriphilaTristella


Finally a spider


as yet unidentified.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Pollen Beetle Video Re-visited

In his comment yesterday Adrian (Adrian's Images) wondered how much it would be possible to crop the video clips from yesterday. I experimenting with what is know as a Ken Burns zoom in iMovie (where you set start and end sizes of crop and the software slowly moves from one to the other) on two of the clips. It worked better on the first one where the lens was just set to zoom as there is a better depth of field. The result: (no music this time)

Not at all bad.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Pollen Beetle - Video

OK. So I spent a bit more on the new set up. I found a mint condition used EF-M 28mm macro lens that I had my eye on. Lets me get within about an inch of a subject and has LED lighting built in round the front lens. No extra batteries needed as they take the power from the camera battery.



The LEDs are not over bright. Good enough when that close to a subject to add some illumination to darker areas of the subject. Switchable at two light intensities. Choice of left, right or both on.

I had looked round for something to test it on and found some flowers which had pollen beetles. It took three attempts. Just as I had the first fixed in place the beetle flew away. On the second attempt the beetle dropped off. It was a case of third time lucky.

After a few still photo takes I though it would be more interesting to make a video. One great facility when shooting video is the ability to use the touch screen and change the area for the lens to focus on. Either tap a new place or drag the focal area box to a new position for a smooth change in focus.


Enough ramble - on to the video. (No tweaking, exactly as taken at 1080p HD)

1st clip with the lens set to macro, the others with the setting on 'super macro'

Tuesday, 13 August 2019


First decent colourful Sunset I've seen for ages.

Sunset IMG_0188

Monday, 12 August 2019

Closer and Closer

Just received a Viltrox EF-S to EF-M adaptor, £29.99 from Amazon. It is a good solid metal build with gold plated contacts so all camera and lens facilities work. A genuine Canon one will set you back around £135

Thinking it was some time since I did a bit of macro photography I set things up:


Parts left to right:
Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Conversion Lens surrounded by LED ring light.
Canon EF 70-200mm zoom lens.
Viltrox EF-S to EF-M adaptor
Canon M5 camera with LED light controller on top.

Subject - Hibiscus flower held in retort stand.
Camera fitted with wireless remote shutter control.
Lens set to 70mm, 4 focus stacked photos converted from RAW to JPG (100%)
Processed with Zerene Stacker then cropped.

2019-08-12-15.12.12 ZS PMax2

Lens set to 200mm. Single photo.
Processed from RAW and tweaked in Affinity Photo.


Camera set to manual 1/80 sec f32
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