Macro weekend – trip 2

The second outing of the weekend was a trip (in fact, 2 trips, the second one sadly aborted…) to Hook Norton Cutting Meadow (or Fields) across the road and just down the hill from the Cutting reserve proper.

This is my local butterfly hotspot; though it doesn’t have all that many species, I have seen all of the following here: Common Blue, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Copper, Peacock, Brown Argus, Marbled White, Comma, Ringlet, Small Heath. Dark Green Fritillary and White-letter Hairstreak are also alleged, though I’ve seen neither here.

 

In fact it’s my favourite place for photographing Common Blues. The place is never busy with people and it’s relatively small so you can have it to yourself without too much interruption. It’s also very good for a range of other bugs, including numerous bees.

 

Today I shot Common Blues. Though well past their best already, I still find them attractive subjects.

 

Here are three shots. All handheld – conditions a little breezy – with D800E and 200f4 micro/cpl, with the usual SB600/softbox/wimberley macro bracket arrangement.

 

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ISO 1600 1/320 f/16

 

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ISO 1000 1/320 f/16

 

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ISO 1000 1/320 f/16

Stack of 2 frames for best sharpness across butterfly

 

I mentioned an aborted visit – I came back later in the afternoon to visit the Cutting itself, only to discover a flat tyre on my car on arrival. Never mind: hope you enjoyed the shots anyway.

 

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