Macro Workshop at Paxton Pits. September 28th 2019

02 October 2019

SIG: Nature

25 Members spent a very full-on day being show various different techniques for Macrophotography.

Richard Revels showed us wonderful images of insects in flight and close-up insects. He also brought along all the gear he used for doing this so people could see what was involved. It is hoped next year we can have a field session for a few Members to try his techniques for themselves. 

Duncan demonstrated his electronic focus bracketing equipment  very clearly and did a live stacking example.

Ian went through the theory of normal and high-speed flash (and many other things!) while Ann, Shelagh, Chris and Phil all gave advice on their particular camera systems and helped folk photograph the caterpillar and other set ups or go out onto the reserve to find damselflies etc.The weather was not that kind to us being very windy with occasional short showers so working with set ups outside proved very difficult and not many insects visited the flowers or ponds.

However , Phil found a 'rare' Ermine-Tailed Darter, the Eyed Hawkmoth caterpillar sobligingly sat where they were told, the Rosemary Beetle shone and the Grey Dagger Caterpillar posed suitably.

On the Sunday, three of the group returned for a guided walk round the reserve, which proved very fruitful with Migrant Hawker and Common Darters