The weather was beautiful this past weekend, perfect for taking photos – unfortunately I had a lot planned which didn’t leave much time for snapping, but I did my best! This first shot of a ladybird was taken as I was taking my son for a walk – he was feeling lazy and letting me push him round in his buggy, which allowed my eyes to wander around looking for the possibility of a photo, and that’s when I saw this guy/gal sitting ion a leaf:
The only problem with this photo, in my humble opinion, is that it’s more orange than I think the ladybird actually was but the sun was shining so brightly that some of the red was lost. No doubt I could make it more red in Photoshop, but time hasn’t been on my side. This next example was taken in the shade outside of Hitchin library and is much more like the natural red of a ladybird:
Great detail in both photos, as my Panasonic TZ7 continues to impress. The next two were taken in the back garden and are macro-tastic, look at the detail on that thorn!
Spider - those eyes!
On the Sunday we visited some friends, in fact he writes a rather fabulous food blog: grubblog. After the rain had gone and the sun came out it was perfect weather for taking photos. I became almost obsessed with taking photos of a bug I found in one of the trees in the back garden. while there are lots more shots on my Flickr photostream, here are a few shots – amazing detail and what a prehistoric looking specimen! My wife christened them leaf eaters, if anyone knows their real name then please leave a comment and educate me.
Tree Bug, not in a tree!
Tree Bug side on
After much deliberating, as detailed in this post, I took the plunge and went for the Panasonic DMC-TZ7 Digital Camera. I couldn’t give up my super zoom and in fact have improved upon my 10x zoom to a 12x zoom. Amazon cut the price in line with lesser known websites so the temptation was too much for me to resist!
I went out today at lunchtime, before the rain came down, and took a few photos. My memory card hasn’t arrived yet so I was limited to 7, and add in the wind factor and it wasn’t easy, given my chosen subjects were insects and arachnids. There is a river not too far from work so I was just a short walk from some 6 and 8-legged action! When I have more time I may even venture as far as the river itself for some scenery shots. Beware – creepy crawlies below!
The lighting and focus on the fly aren’t the best but it was the first photo I took and kept with the new camera, so for posterity sake it stays.
Maybe not the most colourful example of a butterfly but it landed right near to where I was stood. The white, and possibly more photographic, butterflies were doing no such thing!
There were lots of bees buzzing around, it wasn’t until I tried to get cloe to one that I realised just how many there were – the whole bush was crawling!
I’m not a fan of spiders being near me, but I do find them fascinating at the same time. I had to get pretty close to get this shot and he did move while I was lining up the shot!
A second, bigger spider!
This guy never moved for the 10 or so attempts I made to get a decent shot. Not sure if the photo does him justice but he was about the size of a 50p piece!
So, there are my first few shots and if it’s taught me one thing it’s that I need a tripod, quickly!