Wex Entry: Damselflies

This weeks #WexMondays competition was take in a nearby nature reserve of Thompson Common which is owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. I like this reserve mainly for fungi in the Autumn and bugs and insects at this time of year. 

I wanted to see some bigger dragonflies as I have already seen and photographed some Damselflies on the previous day at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen. However all I saw were Damselflies on the way back to the car and the odd butterfly which I were expecting to see more of.

The main thing I learned from this photoshoot is that it pays to be patient. It was only after I stood still for awhile till they started to land on the leaves to make it possible to photograph these tiny insects, and on occasions I got very close with the sigma 105mm about 15cm away from them

My technique was to set the camera at around F/16 and shutter speed at least at 1/250 seconds and manual focus with the ISO to create a good exposure being around 800. The idea was to make very slight adjustments to my body position forwards and backwards to achieve an image where I had the correct focus. With the camera set to high speed shooting I could easily take 10 images with the hope one of those would be useful, all taken in RAW mode.

Stay tuned for a video on my editing process from this trip.

December Overview

December has been a relatively quiet on the photographic front due to family events and work has limited my time to go out exploring. 

Visited Norwich to see the xmas lights and then to Blakeney to see the seals, both with the camera club. It was the first time I had seen the seals, well worth the long and tiring walk along Cley beach. Walking in sand turned out to be difficult and I had underestimated on how much equipment I was carrying and really felt the unnecessary weight.

Now that Christmas is over and soon new year I can think ahead into what I want to achieve in 2015. Now I own a Zoom H1 audio recorder I can record decent audio, video blogs may soon start to appear.

Happy new year !