I was in the park this morning as soon as the gate opened. My trusty 180mm F3.5 macro lens attached to the 5D mk III. I was a little concerned as there were a few spots of drizzle and I am not clear how water-resistant the body is. I had a cover to hand but luckily the drizzle came to nothing. Light was poor and humidity was high. The mosquitoes were out and about but I had long sleeves and long trousers to protect me. They still managed to get my neck though and to add major insult to injury a bird pooped on my head. Just a small parting gift. If you want to get a head get a hat.
There were plenty of frogs around today but the big pond is useless for decent shots as it is surrounded by a pathway that allows you to photograph only over or through a fence. There is no way to get down to frog’s eye-level. One of the small ponds does allow this. The flip side of this is that the frogs see you coming a mile off and normally plop into the water PDQ. Today one rather helpful frog decided to carry on with his morning float. apparently unconcerned by me wielding a lens in his face. Not really but he did not seem perturbed as I went within a few feet.
This was my approach shot from the left – note if you will the rather snazzy red knees. And then from the right hand side:
On the big pond and therefore suitable only for a plan shot rather than a side elevation was this rather ugly bullfrog:
But the prize for the day went to another Rana guentheri, displaying a remarkable resemblance to George Chisholm (for the elderly amongst us)
Now I am pretty impressed with the 5D but someone said my recent larvae shot was out of focus AND over-exposed. My dudgeon was pretty high over this but sadly it was right. After watching the group again I worked out that although they appear to be static the individuals are in fact moving and my shot was a 2sec exposure. Enough to ruin it. So today I went armed with a flash. I did not however go with any working batteries. Note to self, remember to check the batteries before you go out not when you are in the field. My other flash is powered by rechargeables and I must get a second set to be greener. But wait, I now have a camera with decent high ISO so I just whacked it up to ISO 6400 and that gave me the lightning fast shutter speed of 1/13s. Oh well, it was enough to catch a caterpillar in motion.
Cute aren’t they in a larval sort of way. I found a much bigger congregation later on but the loud humming noise suggested I was either very close to a high tension power cable or a wasp/bee nest.Discretion was indeed the better part of valour.
Two final shots:
A rather dainty damselfly
And the piece de resistance, a robber fly.
This was my favourite shot of the day and I hope you like it too.