Life in the undergrowth

Following lots of technical discussion about the benefits of macro lenses attached to DSLRs which can of course achieve excellent results .. thought I d share some stock photos for those who like me only have a small compact camera.

Life in the undergrowth can be fascinating and its not equipment or technical ability but the limits of imagination and sense of detail that prevents us from noticing such things.

Some truly wonderful creatures inhabit a minature world .. a world anyone can enter .

All thats required is a fascination for natures beauty .


17 May, 2011
littlewren said:

wow wow wow...BB they are stunning photos....and proves the high tech cameras are not always needed....I adore the ladybird photo and what a stunning colour that beetle is....What is the plant on the last photo amazing......I really need to start looking closer.....

17 May, 2011
aster said:

These are wonderful BB :) You have shown what can be achieved with the equipment we have. As with a lot of things these days it's time and patience. We are so lucky today,although cameras can be expensive we no longer have to spend a fortune on films and developing. :)

17 May, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks LW .. some a really lovely colours arent they? The green insects are shield bugs and the large metallic green beetle? is a hoverfly are the others.

Most have long latin names and few have common names my favourite was probably the black and white pied hoverfly in the penultimate photos .. looked like it was spray varnished so shiny with wonderful wing pattern.

Well done at least you recognised it as belonging on a plant LW .. looks a bit like tentacles doesnt it ? Its a fungus called nettle rust and the little black beetle only lives and feeds from it.

Thanks Aster .. yes things have come on at such a pace and would have found it hard to believe when fiddling in a darkroom with chemicals ! reminds me of those little metal aliens in the instant mash advert .. oh how they would laugh to see how we used to develop our photos ..

17 May, 2011
johnponting said:

Wonderfull set of images BB ... and thanks for saving me £613 (the cost of the Nikon lens I've been trying).

Neither my camera, nor my lenses, have a macro setting and the closest focus available to me is 45cm at 1:4; closeups are readily available but not macro. Today I played with flower pics from 12 ft away using my extra long 'birding' lens with Ok results.

18 May, 2011

Great set of images BB

18 May, 2011
robashfield said:

I agree BB! I have an array of close up shots taken with the macro setting on my old & new camera. I think that unless you want to make macro a full time hobby,then spend the money.If it is an occassional photo required,then stick with what you have,as you have proven,the results can "bee" amazing.!!!! lol

19 May, 2011
david said:

Amazing photos, Bb! I haven't yet tried the macro setting on my camera, so will have to give in and actually read the manual (sigh).

20 May, 2011

A wonderful invention the macro button it is so magical...I use it for all my flower pics up close, have not tried it on the small wildlife
insect group yet....I have taken a few Spider pics that can send shivers down your spine...Your pics are just amazing Bb, the last pic looks like some plant from Space that i have seen on a Sci fi series'
It is fascinating to be able to see these flying insects, up close like
you have shown us Bb...Wonderful & Interesting Blog...

21 May, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thank you for kind comments .Thats some price JP I ve bought cars for less lol ! Agree with Rob that unless youre after magazine quality images perhaps a small good quality compact to supplement DSLRs would suffice and save a few pounds too ..

Some images are very fleeting and macro lenses occassionally require tripods to stabilize.

Aye David if on auto mode many cameras automatically switch to macro if you dont zoom and get lens up close.Took most of these whilst gardening as often seen when weeding ..

Thanks FP I ve added a photo at end of blog to show this fungus developing on nettles there really is so much to poke a lens at and must admit I d not noticed the shiny hoverfly at first thought it a bee until you see the eyes up close.It also has the most beautiful pattern on its wings which had trouble capturing.

23 May, 2011
donna said:

Lovely lovely photos I am going to try some close ups today If they are half as good as yours I will be pleased

25 May, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks Donna sure they will be .. going to check out your blog now.

26 May, 2011
david said:

When I first got my camera in December, managed to inadvertently switch the macro setting off, and haven't yet read the CD or online manual re setting this, yet. Did manage to get some sort of pic of a ladybird by getting up close yesterday, though. Will have to give in and read the "small print" soon, however, I suppose. :-(

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