A perfect model

The Fuji X100S isn't a camera I'd recommend for macro photography.  Although the 35mm equivalent lens focuses down to 10cm, both the camera and the subject need to be very still for the auto-focus to work at this distance.  So I keep it for more general shots.  

However, when this red admiral butterfly landed close by, I thought I'd give it a go.  Amazingly the butterfly stayed really still, and there wasn't too much breeze.  I was able to reach forward across the vegetation to get to the minimum focussing distance.  Only two of the dozen or so shots I took were reasonably sharp.  Holding the camera upside-down allowed the flash to illuminate the underside of the wings to bring out a bit of colour.  Apart from cropping about 20% off around the edges, this is the photo straight from the camera.


Wildflower photography ebook


Wide-angle Macro ebook


The end of the month

It's the end of the month, and I haven't quite succeeded in posting every day. As always, I have hopes that next month will be better.  Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn't.  Writing properly requires a bit of thinking time.  If I take time to think, I don't have time to write, and vice versa.  I'll often "write" something in my head, but can't write it down at the time because I'm doing something else, like driving, and then later on I forget about it.  Somehow I must find time.

Here's a post from someone who did find time - Andy isn't posting every day, by any means, but island life gets you thinking about things perhaps a bit differently.  Are Puffins Socialist?


Luxury hike

Perhaps things are turning for the better.  Both Friday afternoon and today I had the luxury of an eight-mile hike at my pace, stopping and starting when I wanted, and being able to generally enjoy the birdsong.  Both times it came about because work in the bat loft finished earlier than expected, and with no transport except Shanks's Pony, I had the rest of the day to myself.

On Friday I had a camera with me (Fuji X100S) and photographed a few plants en route.  (I'm sure I did a post on Friday, but it seems to have disappeared) so here are a couple of photos.

I have taken scores of pictures of wood anemones (left), but still can't resist another one.  Perhaps because they are one of the earliest flowers to practice on in spring.  Here I was trying to show the whole of the flower and leaf as an ID picture.


Wood spurge (below) is a larger plant, and more difficult to show both leaves and flowers without a distracting background.  This one, taken when the sun went in, was the best of the bunch.