Monday, 14 January 2013

Macro Monday - Common Brown

One of the pleasures of photography is learning about the limitations and possibilities of the gear we save so hard to purchase.

After a long wait I got a longer lens at Christmas, and was delighted to find how close it's minimum focus distance is.  While it's never going to be a macro lens, its going to be good for butterflies and dragonflies where an extra bit of distance from the subject can be a help.

So here are two shots of a Common Brown - (Heteronympha metope).  I like the translucent feel of the first and the slightly battered condition of the second.  I assume that they have both overwintered somewhere, although the first seems to have an easier run than the second!




You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.

Enjoy the close ups.

21 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Congrats on the new lens! Which one did you get? Both of these shots are superb. Hope you have a great day.

Kerri said...

It's a beauty Stewart.... I have a 70-300mm lens that I use for butterflies and dragonfiles - most always at the 300.... those little guys won't let you get very close :)

What kind of lens did you get?

TexWisGirl said...

i'm with kerri - i have a 70-300 that has a macro setting on it that i'll use. freaks me out is i have to be about 6 feet away from the subject. :) i've honestly not used it enough.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Yes Stewart, you should know better than that you cannot tell us about a new lens without giving details.

Tammy said...

Great shots Stewart! I hope you enjoy your new lens! My long lens is impossible for marco, with an 11 ft distance. Santa was ever so kind to deliver me a 100mm marco as an early xmas gift and I love it. I find myself now searching the yard for bugs:)

Pam ;) said...

Such a pretty butterfly- especially as it flutters away.
Nice shots, Stewart.

Carole M. said...

a beautiful butterfly and I can't wait to see what you pick up now with your birds in range of that long lens Stewart; have lots of fun with it.

DIMI said...

Hallo Stewart!Great shots and very beautiful butterfly!Have a lovely week!
Dimi..

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Stewart! It is a beautiful butterfly.

Fun60 said...

Wow Stewart those photos are amazing. I have told myself I cannot indulge in photographic equipment until I understand all the settings on my point and shoot(and that's going to take forever).

Brian King said...

Wonderful photos! Congratulations on the new lens! It appears to perform very well.

kulasa said...

such beautiful shots! Have a great time with your new gadget...It is amazing how these things can make us all feel the excitement of a child over again...it has been months since I last captured a butterfly with my cam and seeing this post inspired me to go wings catching soon! :)

Shirley said...

I'm so enjoying my new zoom lens (55-300)I'm even going out in the early mornings in my PJ's, trying to catch some awesome sights! My neighbors are getting used to seeing me out and about! Just hope I rememebr to put on my coat!
Great shots!

Jen said...

The second almost looks like something took a bite out of it's wing. Congrats on the new lens.

Andrea said...

Hi Stewart, i have a 42-150mm and needs 0.9m distance to subject, good for butterflies but i found it not so clear in focus. When i got the 35mm macro, it is good in focus but i cannot go near the butterflies as they immediately fly away! Sigh!

Mitzi said...

Beautiful photos! Congrats on the new lens. This is also on my wish list in 2013. Happy Monday Stewart!

bailey-road.com said...

Nice shots!

HoodPhoto said...

Gorgeous! Great colors!

pattisjarrett said...

It's amazing how well they do with chunks of wings missing. They look so fragile. Nice shots!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful shots! My 70-300 mm lens certainly makes it easier to photograph insects and birds.

Lea said...

Looks like the new lens is doing a great job!
Have a wonderful day!
Lea
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