Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Macro Photography in Lakeville

Variable Dancer
It is that time a year again.  The weather is warming, insects are hatching, flowers are blooming and it is time to do macro photography.  The other day, I travel to two of my favorite spots in Lakeville to do some macro photography.  Normally, I utilize a tripod when I am doing macro photography.  That has a problem in that you have to be careful way you move the tripod, because, if you hit a leaf or anything it will scare the insect.  This day I decided to handhold my Nikon D810 and my Nikon 105 macro lens and see what I would come up with.  I found I had to increase my ISO and shutter speed and shot a burst series.  I had a good time photographing damselflies, dragonflies and spiders.  On reviewing the pictures on the computer after downloading I found a good number that were not in focus due to my movements.  Oh well, those got deleted but still left me a number of sharp images.

Spider Weaving Its Web

Slaty Skimmer

Slender Spreadwing

Dragonfly Nymph Exoskeleton

On the side of Poska Pond, I found a number of very pale looking damselflies.  I thought these may be newly hatched damselflies and this was confirmed.  They are known as 'teneral' which is  the state of an insect immediately after molting. At this time the insect's exoskeleton has not hardened and it may be pale in color.
Damselfly after Nymph Stage It Is a Teneral

The following picture was taken with the same camera/lens combination, but it is not a macro.
Marsh with a Wood Duck and a Red-Winged Blackbird Flying Overhead
So as we approaching summer do not forget the little things that surround us also and enjoy photographing them.  Vistas are great, but you can do macro photography right around your own home.

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