Grasshopper – No Grass

Was sat out in the garden having a fag and a coffee when this chap hopped up onto the table. I didn’t expect it to still be there by the time I’d gone indoors and attached the kenko tubes to the 70-200 but he didn’t seem to be in any great rush to get back into the grass.
Grass would have made a better background but I’m not complaining too much. Took a few shots at a variety of settings, finding that f9 -f11 almost gave me enough DOF to keep it relatively sharp. Had to up the ISO to 800 to be able to hand hold and shoot. If I’d had the tripod handy I may have been able to take more shots and stack them all together but wasn’t sure how long it’d hang around for !!

Grasshopper - No Grass

Grasshopper - No Grass

Grasshopper - No Grass

Don’t think this was the same one from the weekend as that one never had the coloured armour behind it’s head. Somehow it seems that the garden at Canvey Castle here is becoming a bit of a nature reserve. If anyone could Identify what make and model of grasshopper this is I’d be quite interested to hear from you.

Bees – Not just about the honey……

Right,
Whoever invented the phrases “the bees knees” and “make a bee-line for” was on drugs at the time. Bees knees are pretty damn ugly, and the little bastards rarely fly in straight line, or anywhere predictable come to think of it. Spent 20 minutes aiming the 70-200 at a ratherpleasant bush, swarming with bees. Unfortunately, none of them were where I was aiming. Had plenty of macro shots of the bush,, the leaves and the flowers but hardly any bees in focus (including this one).
This needs to be re-visited with a flash, a tripod and a lot more patience. Who would have thought that bees would be so hard to shoot……

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

and finally a reasonably sharp one !!!

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

Some sort of Bird !!

Some good came out of an otherwise miserable and depressing weekend. We spent some time at my parents at the weekend and were astounded by the number of birds nicking peanuts and attacking the fat balls.
Unfortunately, every time I went outside they flew off so I had to shoot from inside the conservatory. It was a dull day and I never had the tripod with me so the ‘keeper per click’ ratio was extremely low. Shot @ 300mm, handheld, many shots were blurry, not only because the birds were extremely quick, but the feeders were blowing in the ferocious wind. Noise on the 30D is also an issue with the ISO at a measly 800 prompting me to dream once more of being able to afford faster glass (or a body better able to deal with high ISO)

Some sort of Finch

Apologies to bird people for not knowing what make and model this is (all I know is it’s some kind of Finch)

The decorators Garden

The Decorators Garden

Rusty paint tins, half used lay abandoned alongside a rotting brush whilst the decorator waits by the phone. Willing it to ring, as if thoughts alone can bring in some work to pay the bills and feed the family.