July 27th 2018
High Summer is my main season for insect photography. There are hundreds of species to choose from at this time of year in the Cavan area. Extreme macro, normal macro and insect in flight photography techniques take plenty of practice before even average photographs can be achieved. So I've spent many days by the wildlife pond, by hedgerows, field margins and woodland edges to make publishable photographs of Brown Hawker Dragonfly, Azure Damselfly, Soldier Beetle, Sexton Beetle, Green Leaf Hopper, Horse Fly, and Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly, to name some of them.
Brown Hawker Dragonfly
Horse Fly compound eyes
Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly
Compound Eyes of a Dragonfly
June 29th 2018
Subjects photographed this Summer so far: Hairy Dragonfly egg laying, Great Crested Grebe, Ringlet Butterfly, Shoaling Perch and Roach,
Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly, Snipe Fly, Azure Damselfly hatching out, Reed Beetle, Willow Warbler, Mute Swan, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Lone tree on a foggy dawn morning, Chicken of the Woods Fungi.
Lone Tree on a foggy dawn.
Hairy Dragonfly laying her eggs in aquatic plants.
May 24th 2018
Initial test images from the diy underwater housing look promising, clear water and good light over the coming months will hopefully produce some useful pictures.
Subjects photographed so far this Spring include: Fulmar, Gannet, Great Skua, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Guillemot, Green Dock Leaf Beetle, Spotted Flycatcher, Bullfinch, a Rookery, Carder Bee, Zebra Jumping Spider, St. Marks Fly, Red Ant, Bluebells, Treecreeper, Badger, Collared Dove, Bird Cherry, Swallow, Hooded Crow, and Goldcrest. See some samples below.
Zebra Jumping Spider
Great Skua at sea
March 23rd 2018
Currently making an underwater dslr camera housing for photographing freshwater fish.
Also getting to grips with large format photography using a 6cm x 17cm panoramic 120 roll film back on a 4x5 field camera. Image turnaround with this system will be approximately 20 images per year. Looking forward to shooting landscapes on film where resolutions of 150 megapixels can be acquired from the scanned film, suitable for detailed panoramic prints 4.5 meters long and 1.5 meter wide.
The nocturnal woodland mammals project continues, usually get 3 or 4 publishable images every week, here's some examples: