People often fear when taking photos around this time of year, that the weather's not great or the conditions are not quite right. With Macro photogrpahy this is especially true. A light breeze can cause enough blur and fuzz in a picture to ruin it , the rain and cold mean many invertebrates are nowehere to be seen. However, the weather is not always as bad as you think. Yesterday the skies cleared slightly and the drizzly March rain stopped just long enough for me to finally get around to shooting some pictures (I have been waiting a while!). You do not have to go far to take pictures of invertebrates...
A few summers ago I spent a while watching and filming baby frogs in my mums pond in Plymouth. In the afternoon prehaps the hottest time of the day, I observed the frogs sitting on the pond lilly pads and preying on the Aphids wandering around. What I thought was amazing was the fact that they barely ever moved an inch and literally sat in wait for a completely unsuspecting Aphid to walk past and before you knew it the Frog had engulfed the Aphid in one! I thought this behaviour was pretty amazing so I set my camera up on a tripod to capture it. Amongst a misfit cast watch this baby frog devor...
Last month I was fortunate to come runner up in a local photography competition organised by Natural Devon to raise awareness of the importance of local pollinating insects. This is a very important subject at the moment as many Bee species in the UK are in decline and without these pollinators it will be much harder to pollinate crops such as Oilseed rape and Strawberries. However, not all pollinators are Bees and I decided to enter this picture of a Daggerfly (Empididae). I took the picture on the cliffs of Wembury and you can clearly see a couple of different varieties of pollen that it has picked...
Sorry for the late update but here's a continuation from the pictures I took in Indonesia. After satisfied seeing the main parts of Bali, we decided to take a ferry over to the island of Lombok to visit a more rural and less touristy area. Our travels found us in the South of the Island in a town called Kuta. During our stay we rode mopeds all around the area to search for beaches and attractions and many times we rode past this sign advertsing a mystical cave of snakes and bats.
Snakes being one of my favourite animals I was desperate to go , however the girls were not so keen....
During the month of January 2015 I took leave of lovely England to a well deserved relaxing holiday in Bali. Apart from the usual holiday endeavours of beaches snorkeling moped rides and parties I actually managed to sneak off and get a few photos of some Bali wildlife! Here is a little collection of what I saw in my limited travel around the gardens and rural areas of bali:
This poor Tokay gecko(Gekko gecko) met an unfortunate demise
so many insects in the jungles of Ubud to take pictures of and so little time!
Well its been a while but the Plymouth Skateboarding video Civicdaze, by Olly Howe has finally completed we even got a write up in the local paper the Plymouth Herald with my photos! read it here :
and if you fancy buying a copy to witness amazing cinematography,photogrpahy,music and skateboarding get one here
Update:! here are my pictures actually printed in the local paper the Plymouth Herald itself! They never credited them though which is annoying!
Well it was a few months back now and ive been having technical problems so let me off! any way at the beginnig of this so called British Summer the Director (olly Howe) organised a trip to Mallorca to see if we could get some footage for the civicdaze video! Sun, Skatespots and a beach i hear?? I felt obliged to go! So yeh i did a bit of skating and drinking but i took a few pics too of the trip so here they are enjoy:
Kris and Si the darklings enjoying our crib for the next few days
There was plenty of space in the apprtmen tfor a crew of ten plus people :s
During the winter 2014 in the UK a large storm ravaged the southwest. Me and a frien knew the swell would be large from the previous day so we got up before dusk to head down to Bovisand Fort near Plymouth to check it out. Here are some pictures of what we saw:
The swell was hitting the harbour and causing these huge eruptions of water
If you look closely you can see my friend shaun standing in the fofreground which really gives scale to the sixe of the swell
The waves were crashing right over the side of the wall
All in all it was an amazing site and it truely...
It started off with just ten people but over the last five years the skateboarding competition/fun jam me and my friend Lucas started has grown and grown! Due to the wet weathe rwe headed to Prime skatepark in Plymouth. Heres a few pictures from the 2013 Hallween hammers! thanks to all who came!
A few warm up Beers in the pub first!
Want some Candy? All sorts of creatures came out the woodwork!
A good sesh happened on the step up with spiderman ,predator and dracula throwing down melon grabs ,tucknee's and indys!
Some shockers turned up too!
Steve bangs out a treflip!
You dont have to go overseas to see colour ful wildlife! If you look closely enough you can see it all around Britain!. Here are some pictures i took of a load of insects throughout the British summer. Mainly shot around Plymouth and the Devon coast. I hope you like them. enjoy!
Red Damsel fly, Pyrrhosoma Nymphula.
Mating Azure Drangonflys, Coenagrion Puella. The male is Blue and black and the female is brilliant green and black.
The Common Blue Butterfly, Polyommatus icarus(Lycenidae).
Peacock butterfly, Nymphalis io (Nymphalidae).
Red Admiral, Vanessa...