An Odd Fascination

Ever since my husband bought me my first macro lens I have had a strange and curious fascination with photographing flies. I think they are a subject often overlooked, but one that can be so fascinating. They are so commonplace that they are easy subject to spend time with – the trick is to get them in the right setting to give them a beauty that people otherwise don’t see. I love the iridescence of their wings, their holographic eyes and the fine hairs on their face. This first shot, below, is by far my favourite and it was the one that sparked my fascination with this subject. I found a dead fly on our window one hot summer day and, opposed to discard it, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to get to grips with my new macro lens on an inanimate object. I took the opportunity to grab a blue glass brick and some petals falling from my nearby vase and set about creating a set where I could test different lights, angles and settings for the fly. I had to carefully use a pair of tweezers to move the fly, and I used a combination of LED torchlight and natural daylight to front and back light the shot.  This is how I captured the shot below. Over time, and as I have become more confident with my macro lens and newly acquired macro extension tubes, I have moved onto

An Alternative Angle

The trouble with wildlife photography / photography in general is that it’s very hard to find a new angle on things. A lot has already been done and explored – so you are constantly challenged to look at things differently, to find a different angle, an alternative perspective on subjects. Most of the time I take photos that I enjoy taking – not being a professional photographer I have the luxury of time and being selfish, photographing what I want and when I want. However, every now and then I force myself to try new things, to think outside the box and try a fresh take on something. Whilst on a macro photography trip to the grounds of York University I lost patience with an especially lazy but camera shy bee who evaded every opportunity I had to take a close up of him. He was so stunningly beautiful – clear, glossy eyes, a fuzz free yellow and black ‘coat’ and a slow amble which would have been ideal for macro photography. But every time I got close he’d turn and show me his bottom. I tried everything, feigning no interest, hiding behind trees, lying on the floor to try and photograph him from below – but he saw through everything 🙁  After a frustrating hour, inspiration struck and  I realised how I can turn this to my advantage

And Here’s Some I Made Earlier…

I have been catching up post processing a backlog of my macro photography shots recently – and here’s a pick of the bunch. I hope you like them… This image (below) was taken in the garden of a rental cottage in Wales over the summer…well, I say summer, but it rained like mad all weekend. Still – this delighted me somewhat, because it provided a rare opportunity for me to spend time in the garden photographing water droplets on plants like this one. These  images, below, were taken on summer weekend at The University of York’s Heslington East campus. The first is a beautiful blue wildflower – this really caught my eye. I loved the vibrancy of the blue colour against a sea of green grasses and flowers. It was not only me who really appreciated the beauty and vibrancy of this flower, it was visited by many a bee, wasp and hover fly whilst I was there. Whilst the insects in this shot are not as sharp as I’d like, I have chosen to share this image because I love the contrast of the movement and soft lines of the insects against the striking sharpness and vibrancy of the flower stamen. This summer’s meadow really caught my eyes. It was a

The Jury Is Out On These…

I am really not sure if I like these photos or not…which begs the question as to why I have spent the afternoon sharing them across the worldwide web. But sometimes, you just need feedback 🙂 This first image is VERY different from my usual macro photography style – that’s because I am also trialling a theme of movement. I have called it “Chaos In Wind”. It’s a shot looking down into a selection of grasses and flowers whilst the wind was blowing. I have tried to capture the beauty of the colours and textures, but also the movement… please do let me know what you think. As I say, this is really very different to my usual style. Further images from my movement theme are available on the TarajiBlue website. This second image was taken in York’s Museum Garden in the UK. I have titled it “A Warm And Fuzzy Feeling” in honor of the textures captured within the image. It’s a close up of a lovely purple flowerbud. I love its positioning in the feathery texture of the surrounding foliage. It caught my eye whilst I was skulking amoung the flowerbeds on lazy saturday afternoon whilst enjoying  a picnic with Ali and friends. Other images from my macro photography gallery are available on the TarajiBlue website. 

The Little Things In Life

    Regular followers of Taraji Blue will know that I have an obsession with macro photography – especially insects. That’s why, on our recent trip to the Kalahari desert, I took time out from spotting big cats and focussed on the little beasties that we were temporarily sharing our living quarters with. This wee fella (above) is a grasshopper (I think). He was immobile for three days (apart from a wee twitch when I got too close). He is a real beauty and seemed quite content for me to spend some time photographing him. I will be honest and say that I have no idea what this wee guy below is. I saw two of them during our stay, one was really rather large – like a fat grasshopper or large dung beetle, and the other identical one was more small beetle sized. He is darn cute and had the most enchanting googly eyes. I suspect he might be some sort of thorn bug?!   And finally, we were surrounded by these wee guys who lived in the fence outside our cabin. They were very timid, but stunningly beautiful. The longer you spent with them, the more acquainted they became to you, but they repeatedly resisted any