One square metre

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One question I am often asked is how I manage to spot all the bugs I shoot. It really is just a matter of training your eye. The more you start to look for the smaller creatures around you, the more you start to find them.

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One way to train your eye is to find a small area of vegetation, say one square metre, and see how many insects you can find and photograph. You will be surprised after a little while just how many are there.

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All of the shots in today’s post were taken in one clump of weeds by the Wey Navigation towpath. The photo shoot took about 15 minutes in total. In fact, I found several other insects in the same clump.

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Why not give it a try and share the results on your blog and/or in comments here?

My Internet is down and I am blogging on 3G, which is expensive, so please forgive me if I am a little slow in replying or visiting your blogs until the pesky thing is fixed.

14 thoughts on “One square metre

  1. I’ve found you need a great deal of patience shooting bugs. They are usually moving around all the time. You always get such great shots, so you must be really patient.

    • Thanks. It helps if you get to know their habits a little bit. Then you can predict what they might do next. For example, I am beginning to be able to tell when a ladybird is getting ready to take off. I am in touch with my inner geek πŸ˜‰

  2. Love these pics πŸ˜‰ I recently got a whole batch of shots of an inchworm and his antics, and you are right, the longer I watched him, the better I could predict what he was going to do next!

  3. Ha, YOU slow down your blogging? You are definitely the most productive blogger I know ;).

    Yesterday I gave myself an hour and a half to walk to work at the “hell school”. Went along the river going there and back. The banks are a riot of flowering “weeds” that have completely transformed the look and feel of an area I found really dingy and depressing in Winter. And many times as I lined up a shot of hollyhocks, for example, against a backdrop of apartment blocks or rice paddies, there’d be a bug halfway up the stalk, perfectly profiled. Also several times I’ve noticed a little semi-transparent spider like the one in your next post perched on the petals of the same type of yellow flower, waiting for a visitor.

    I tried, and you can SEE them if you look hard, but I’m really regretting the lack of a macro of late!

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