Falling to Pieces

I’ve seen many images, of a very artistic nature, featuring flowers in vases or bottles so I thought I’d give it a go. The ingredients were pretty simple; an old Honey bottle from 1868, a rose that was past its best, a white-ish backdrop (3 pieces of A3 paper) and a few loose petals. I…

Focus Stacked Lily

When this Covid-19 thing started to restrict us, I needed to find some things to do and created a list of topics and tasks that would keep me busy for a while. One of them was to try to develop my skills in Focus Stacking, this being a technique where you photograph an object gradually…

Macro Table

Having been dabbling with a bit of macro photography over the summer I decided I needed to build a worktable to make it quick and easy to setup. The table, shown below, is a base of approx 600x450mm with a rotary table towards the front. Behind this is a slot to hold ‘background’ cards if…

Scarlet Lily Beetle

I haven’t been out with the camera for a good few weeks so thought I would have a look around my garden to see what was lurking in the shadows. The first thing I came across was a group of Scarlet Lily Beetles (Lilioceris lilii) congregating on a rapidly decaying Lily. So I put the…

Arty Mantids

Just a quick post to show some new photos of a couple of my Mantids in a more artistic way than is usual. I decided to venture away from creating shots that look and feel as though they were taken in the wild to something a little more contrived, colourful and maybe, a bit different.…

Orchid Mantis

This is my Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) which is now approximately 4 months old and growing quite nicely. She originates from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and is one of several species known as ‘flower mantises‘ from their resemblance and behaviour. She is currently fairly white in colour but will start to adopt shades…