Return of the Mac(ro)

A close up of a grasshopper

Well, it’s been quite a few weeks since my last macro upload but that doesn’t mean the passion is dead. Quite the opposite…we’ve been out and about quite a bit in the UK and France and I have taken every available opportunity to hone my macro skills once more. It’s taken me a wee while to review and post process the images I have taken, but I am delighted to release some of my favourites today.

The luxury of a week’s leave in France allowed me to take time out to really absorb myself in macro photography once more. We’d hired  a little gite which was surrounded on one side by a glorious orchard and on the other by a field full of sunflowers. Where there are plants, there are insects… I was beside myself with glee when I discovered the land around the gite was alive and quite literally bouncing with grasshoppers. What’s more, the flowers in the orchard attracted a vast array of  flies, hover flies, bees, wasps and HUGE hornets. I spent many an hour (day and night) out in the fields and orchard to capture as many macro insect shots as possible.

I wanted to share with you today one of my favourite grasshopper shots. I’d taken quite a few, and liked experimenting with the different angles and lighting. I found them remarkably patient and tolerant subjects. With a combination of patience and careful movements I was able to get really close to grasshoppers and watch them display close up. This provided a great opportunity for some really detailed shots, like the one above. This was handheld, taken at f/5.6, 1/400sec and ISO 250.

I also wanted to share with you this shot (below) – I could not fail to smile when we found this wee funny face in the undergrowth. We spent hours with this wee guy only to find he was in fact a lady (she was laying eggs all over our driveway). Regardless, she kept the name I proudly assigned – “Ermintrude.” It seems in keeping with the grin.

A close up of a grasshopper reveals a manic grin

Other grasshopper macro shots are available in our online macro gallery.

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