I know Robins tend to be curious and fearless when investigating but this little chap took to the extremes. I was sat outside and he/she just hopped up, closer and closer until it was practically sitting on my shoe. I fully expected it to disappear, but when I stood up to get my camera, it fluttered away just far enough outside my minimum focus distance for me to get a couple of shots. I’m no expert but I’m guessing it’s fairly young and can’t see it lasting long out there unless it gets a bit more streetwise….
The harder I try not to take any Macro shots, the more I seem to end up with – Was out for a walk yesterday along the banks of the River Blackwater in Essex. Was looking to try and take an uncluttered panorama of the river and spotted a grass seed head that looked a bit odd (as in the wrong colour). Only had the 70-200 F2.8 Sigma on me, and was quite pleased with the end result here.
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 !!
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.
Despite being cold enough to freeze the tits off a brass monkey (which has reminded me I need to look up the origin of that saying) the sun was shining by the pond at the shooting ground a couple of weeks ago. Was muddier than a changing room floor at a Sunday League football pitch but the sunlight, filtering through the trees made it all worthwhile (That and being able to shoot the living daylights out of plenty of clays).
I did have a shoot for my coursework on Friday, but have yet to find the time to process any of them. So, in the meantime here’s another one of the Finch which someone identified for me and I promptly forgot. As you may have gathered, things that flutter are not my forte. Definitely hit the limit with the 70-300mm though, these just aren’t sharp enough to do much with other than share here.