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Re: Gary.N

Postby bugboy » Sun May 15, 2016 4:41 pm

That looks like the same Grizzled Skipper I found a few days ago, you had much better weather than I did though. Those Pearls are putting on a very good show this year aren't they :)
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Postby Gary.N » Mon May 30, 2016 10:19 pm

I have just found time to write a post for my diary and process my photos, so I will start with last weekend.

On my way up to do my transect on sunday the 22nd I saw my first Small Blue of the Season. It was just out of the car park on the chalk path up the hill to Friston where I have never seen one before.

Small Blue.jpg


The next friday I had got to the start of the transect when I saw my first Common Blue of the season.

Common Blue.jpg


On my way Back I saw a Red Admiral laying eggs but the light wasn't good enough at that point to take a photo of the egg. So I marked the nettle with a Butter cup so I could find it again.

i started my way up to find the egg the next day on the Gallops when I saw my first Large Skipper of the season. Sitting on a nice Bamble leaf.

Large Skipper.jpg


When I finally found the nettle with the Butter Cup tied too it. I found that the egg had gone. So I started to head back to the Gallops and I saw a Speckled Wood. I have failed to get a single shot all year of one, so I made it my mission to get a shot.

Speckled Wood.jpg


I had just left the Speckled Wood when I saw another Red Admiral Laying eggs (It could of been the same one). So I got my shot in the end. :mrgreen:

Red Admiral Oval.jpg
This image was done by stacking five images together.


On sunday morning as the Gallops and Friston Forest had been so good to me the past few days I paid another visit.

Large Skipper 2.jpg

Grizzled Skipper.jpg

Common Blue Female.jpg
Before the Image was processed in PhotoShop CC

Common Blue Female -No grass.jpg
Post processing in PhotoShop CC


Finally, when I got home I had found a Large White had layed eggs on my Brassica.

Large White Oval.jpg

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Katrina » Tue May 31, 2016 8:22 pm

Great report. The stacked egg photo is beautiful!

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Goldie M » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:15 am

There seems to be a lot more Large Whites this year Gary, love the egg shot Goldie :D

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Postby Gary.N » Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:54 pm

I have to make a correction. The large white egg is actually a small White Eggs.

Thankyou for your kind comment Katrina and Goldie. :D :D :D

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Postby Gary.N » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:18 pm

My morning started with my first Painted Lady of the year in the garden just after I had locked the door to go to Rowland's Wood.

Painted Lady.png


Roland's Wood was not a good call today. I was hoping for some Large skippers, but I got a nice shot of a Small Heath.

Small Heath.png


I went home abit disappointed, so I saw that there were still eggs on my Brassica. So I setup up the camera for some close up shots.

Small White oval.png


While taking the shots I noticed something move within the egg. So I put the camera on to movie settings and recorded this video with manual focus and zero depth of field.


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Postby Katrina » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:35 pm

Brilliant video - really interesting!

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Postby Vince Massimo » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:37 pm

An absolutely magnificent sequence there Gary :D
Very well done.

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Pauline » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:42 am

Incredible video Gary. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to view it as it has to be one of the most interesting things I've ever seen on this site!

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Sonam Dorji » Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:03 am

Hi Gary,

Great "Macro Video". May I know the type of lens used?

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Postby Gary.N » Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:59 pm

Thankyou for asking Sonam,

The len I uses is canon MP-E 65mm with a canon Extender EF 2x iii. This gives me 10x zoom. But the len is a fixed focus len, so I use a Noveflex Castel-L Macro rail to focus on the subject.
I hope this answners your question.

Gary

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Postby kevling » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:07 pm

Gary,

Lovely video of the emerging Small White. A great 25 minutes viewing.

Regards Kev

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Gary.N » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:57 pm

Firstly, thankyou to all those who have commented on the Small White Egg Hatching Video. Your comments are appreciated. :D :D :D

Today I did my transect. On my way to and from I got a number of photos, despite the cloud. One of which was my first Meadow Brown of the year.
Meadow Brown.jpg

Meadow Brown Closeup.jpg

Small Heath.jpg

Large Skipper.jpg

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Postby Gary.N » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:47 pm

I looked at the weather forecast this morning and it said it was only going to be bright for a little while. So I dashed off the the Gallops. 5 hours later I got back home as the cloud moved in. So much for weather forecast. At least I was on the right side of the weather for a change. :D :D :D

I saw a number of different Bufferflies up there today. Meadow Brown, Large Skippers, small Blues, common Blues, A single female Adonnis Blue, a freshly hatched Tortoiseshell, 2 Grizzled Skippers (One of which was laying eggs) and a Pained Lady (also laying eggs).

Large Skipper.png

Tortoiseshell.png

Grizzled Skipper Egg.png
Grizzled Skipper Egg

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Painted Lady Egg

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Pete Eeles » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:04 pm

I love the egg shots, Gary. The Canon MP-E is quite something; still getting used to it myself :)

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Gary.N » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:32 pm

Thanks Pete. :D :D :D

The MP65-E is a really hard and unique len to use, isn't it. Any wind and through the viewfinder it looks like it is blowing a gale. In bright sunshine hardly any light reaches the sensor. Finally, if you get the wrong angle on the subject the len itself shades it. But if you over come all that and you are luckly, you can some really stunning shots.

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Postby David M » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:52 pm

Se great close-ups there, Gary, especially the Painted Lady ovum.

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Pete Eeles » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:37 pm

Gary.N wrote:I use a Noveflex Castel-L Macro rail to focus on the subject.


I'd be interested to know how you get on with the macro rail, Gary. My concern is that, with the weight of the camera, the rail doesn't provide the smooth level of focusing needed. I've never tried one - hence the question!

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Gary.N » Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:24 am

Pete.

I have no problems with the macro rail. I know that with out it I would of really struggled to get the shots I did when stacking images. The video of the Small White egg hatching would have been impossible with out it. As I had to keep adjusting it very time the wind blew a tiny amount to keep that shallow depth of field in focus, at an aperture of 16. The rail I use does provide smooth operation. It has a screw to the side to adjust the amount of friction applied or to lock it in place. The only thing I had trouble with when I started using it was the balance on the small tripod I use, but you quickly learn where on the rail to start to stop this happening.

Gary

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Re: Gary.N

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:50 pm

Thanks Gary!

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