Bristling with Life

Well, ya know, another two days have gone by, and only one of them I had a chance to shoot on, though I did shoot another thousand images, some of which are stellar – I’ll show you them in a moment. There is one bush which runs the length of my driveway, that seems to just be awash with a wealth of insects and spiders. That means not only dozens of opportunities, but it also means giving me an oportunity to learn more about my home garden biology, something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. If there is anyone out there, any reader who knows somebody or anything, who can help me to ID the animals I show in my blog, specifically the bumbles, I would be immensely grateful. The fact that there are several hundred species of bumblebee does not assist in my IDing. I do the best I can though.

Here’s a few shots from yesterday:

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/80s f/5.6

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/80s f/5.6

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

I have no idea what this is. It was about a centimetre long, and this is uncropped. I’d be willing to guess it’s a member of the grasshopper clade, just judging by the mouthparts and compound eye structure.

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/125s f/6.3

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/125s f/6.3

I was trying above all else to practice my manual focus technique. I really got some valuable experience with it shooting this little guy. He was the only bee on the whole daisy plant, and I just sat there and snapped until I got bored. He was very tolerant.

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/200s f/6.3

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/200s f/6.3

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/80s f/6.3

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/80s f/6.3

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/60s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/100s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/100s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/100s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/100s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/25s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/25s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/25s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/25s f/8

This little guy above is about 1.5 millimetres long. Tiny little beetle.

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/160s f/4.5

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/160s f/4.5

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/100s f/6.3

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/100s f/6.3

I don’t know the ID’s for ANY of the pictures shown here. If you can help out, PLEASE do.

My friend Ben (whose portoflio you can see by clicking here) put me up to the task of shooting a wasp in macro. I have a phobia of wasps, but I rose to the challenge, and did what I can only describe as spectacularly well. I hope you don’t think I’m blowing my own horn too loud. It’s really hard for me to shoot wasps. Bees I find I’m alright with now. Anyways, here is the wasp. I know it’s not your typical yellowjacket, but I guarantee that it’s a wasp, and it was about two centimetres long, which is plenty long enough for me.

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/160s f/8

D300 + 105mm f/2.8 Micro @ 1/160s f/8

In other news…

Right, first off, the poll last time didn’t return so many results as I had hoped, so please, if you’re a reader and you haven’t voted, or if you’re merely passing by and you feel like voting, go to the previous post and cast your vote. It really matters to me.

Secondly, there has been a great deal of excitement for me over the past two days, for one big reason: I’m getting a new lens! That’s right, my father has decided that as my late eighteenth birthday present, he is going to get me the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G AF-S ED-IF VR lens! For those of you who don’t know what that means, click here to see what Nikon has to say about it, and here to read a little bit about it. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. I hope you’re all ready to eat up the birds that I’m going to be shooting. So much for having a nice relaxing holiday… which wasn’t the plan in the first place!

No, this summer (i.e., after next Wednesday) I’m going to be shooting in earnest, and at the same time setting up my portfolio on a private domain AND learning flash so that I can make a real portfolio by next summer. That means that really, the reason I’m churning out so many pictures, is because I need to fill out my portfolio with extremely high quality images. Oh and then I head down to Madagascar for a month. With my camera! Oh the excitement!

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2 comments on “Bristling with Life

  1. Conni Tögel says:

    hhm – simple id-ing for you:
    a bee
    ‘nuther bee
    a bug
    a spider
    an itsy-bitsy spider
    ‘nuther bug
    a bee
    a big bee
    a hummer

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