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.

The Scream

Imagine my delight when the humdrum and otherwise normal Thursday evening of pointless TV was interrupted by the discovery of a dead fly.
Armed with the off camera flash, wireless triggers ant a 12mm Kenko Tube, I first drew some stick like pictures and posed the corpse. You know the stuff, staircases, horses etc.
None of these were particularly good, so I just tried different angles for the flash, at different power settings until I came up with this.

Can’t be bothered to do much processing so you get it here in all it’s dead, and decaying glory….. Quite like the ‘expression on it’s poor dead face.

The Scream

A point in the right direction……

You get the point......

Had a quick play with the Kenko Macro Tubes today after being invited to take part in a Macro project earlier in the week. Neither of these really cuts it but was fun dabbling again. Shame there aren’t many flies about and all the spiders have moved to Mazda. these were taken with the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 which despite being dropped (again) is still producing some nice sharp images. This was attached to the 30D via a 20mm Kenko tube.

No flash for this, just what was left of the natural daylight in the office, handheld too (would recommend a tripod though) with a shutter speed of 0.8 @ f5, ISO 100

Dandelion – Before they’re interesting

Dandelions are fairly nondescript, yellow weedy pests. Until you get up close.
When viewed through a 50mm lens attached to 36mm of Kenko Extention tubes, these common weeds can become objects of wonder and even beauty. From the patterned tips of the petals to the pollen laden stamen, the detail that nature puts into these nasty flowers is surreal.

Weed

For some reason, this one’s generated quite a lot of interest on Flickr as well (otherwise I very much doubt I would have posted it here).

Something a bit different

Autumn’s well and truly here, grey, grey and more grey with every glance skyward, and damp and uninspiring outside unless you happen to live near some lovely trees or fields. Canvey Island, to those that wouldn’t know, has neither trees nor fields. Houses aplenty, cars, roads and charity shops. Aside from the marshes (flat, monotonous clumps of sick looking grass interspersed liberally with mud) there’s nothing like a traditional landscape shot. Luckily we do have a bit of coast. Once you’ve navigated your way through the dog turds, empty bottles and cans, used condoms and more dog turds, there are a few photo opps along the sea wall.
Consequently, I tend to look a little closer to home, and sometimes it seems to work. This one is in my back garden, hardly ever gets used but kind of like it for no real reason. Might have worked better if I’d focussed on the front of it rather than the back but……….

Basketball net abstract.
Basketball net abstract.
Would really appreciate some feedback on any of the images on here. Any comments are welcome, all advice appreciated. It’s the only way I’ll learn and improve….