Monday, November 22, 2010

Up Close and Personal

After almost three years using my tiny camera, I've finally found the courage to use the macro-digital-zoom feature [appropriate terminology??]!!!  I am not sure if I'm doing everything correctly, but I am happy with some of the photographs I took late last week.  I have done nothing more than apply the feature, point the camera, and move towards the subject until it looks okay.  Please remember that these creatures are not much bigger than the top of a glass head pin, they find it extremely difficult to strike a pose, and for us here, wind is the constant enemy when photographing outdoors [without the benefit of upmarket camera features].  I hope you also enjoy my adventure with the macro zoom and bugs.  The insect in the photograph above is not as big as an ordinary house fly.

One of hundreds of sugar ants enjoying the meal provided by a very large sunflower.









This guy looks like he's off to Ascot in his striped bottoms and tails - perfectly marked and coloured.






 A close relative of the lady bug I presume, and the obvious damage!!








 Not a perfect shot by any means, but this is the centre of a miniature marigold, and part of one very edgey moth.  It's amazing how much pollen adheres to moths and butterflies.  They obviously play an important role in nature's plan.








These photographs appear as they've been taken, ie I have not edited them in any way prior to sharing.  I do hope they are of interest to some readers.

10 comments:

Radka said...

Really very good pictures, Linda:) Now I will go and explore my camera more!

DIAN said...

Linda, just gorgeous pics. I imagine them all buzzing around the lights in the evening!

Scott said...

Well way to break out of the box. I do love macros, and you've really done a nice job with these here. I'll bet you become a macro fanatic very quickly with work like that.

shirley said...

Wonderful photos Linda, you are really getting up to date with technology. The orange bug with the shield shape I think is a b a d bug. I think green ones that shape destroyed the lemons on our tree...they were all rotten inside and distorted. But he is so pretty isn't he.

Thendral said...

Wow... nice snaps. I enjoyed!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Wonderful photos Linda, I love seeing all creatures of nature. Hugs Judy

Ruth said...

Cool bug pics!

Iceni UK said...

Hi Linda, great bug photo's, the sugar ants are amazing.
Hugs

Anonymous said...

Linda, your photos are wonderful. So much detail on those little bugs. I may just have to borrow my husbands camera to try the Macro setting one day.

Julie said...

Gorgeous!