Perivale Woods is only open one day a year. Today was it.
The photos below, and sorry, there are a lot of them, are of the Butterfly World Project. I was amazed how close the butterflies got to you. Sometimes they landed on you, I nearly crushed one that landed on my hand as I was grabbing my camera (note I didn’t actually crush it, but it was on my hand and I hadn’t realised, but it flew off before I touched the camera). This was a great opportunity to use the macro lens. See below. There was also the grounds around the project, there were themed gardens, and lots of other interesting things to see.
Today I got the CameraAxe out and used it for the first time. This was at attempt Water Drops. The below pictures were taken using water only. No thickener, nor milk (that was supposed to be the next test, but didn’t get to it. There were a few issues with the equipment to start with, but in the end things started getting sorted out. Take a look…
So today I had the desire to get the macro lens out, and take some close-up shots of some of the decorations on our Christmas Tree. Once really close up, you don’t really recognise what the subject is (first photo). But once moved out a little (2nd photo), you start to realise what it is. Further our (photo 3-5) it is easy. I was surprised that with a macro lens how shallow the depth of field really is. Even at F/8.0 there isn’t a lot of area in focus. It shows why when taking pictures of spiders, or other small insects that only part is in focus. The aperture needs to be closed down for macro in order to be able to focus on more of the subject. Of course that can mean slower shutter speeds. One of these was down to about 1.5 seconds (Last photo I believe).