Friday 21 June 2013

50,000+ pageviews

I started this blog in August 2011 and it's been pleasing to see the number of visitors grow steadily since then. I'm not obsessive over the web statistics for the site but I did happen to notice back in March that the blog passed 50,000 page views. This strikes me as quite remarkable really, that in a little over 18 months the pages on the blog have been viewed 50,000 times.

I'm sure that other wildlife photography blogs would pass this figure in a few months but for a fairly niche macro blog I'm more than happy with this level of interest. Posts have been slightly less frequent in recent months, not helped by the weather, but I'll try to pick up the pace over the summer months and try to post at least once a week.

Anyway, a big thank you to those who read my posts and view my images...! And for no particular reason, here's a smart looking Tawny Mining Bee photographed recently.


Tuesday 18 June 2013

Butterflies and Dragonflies Article in Digital SLR Magazine

I'm pleased to have a 5 page article on dragonfly and butterfly photography in the latest issue of Digital SLR magazine (Issue 81, July). The article is aimed at beginners and covers when and where to look for butterflies and dragonflies, the kit you need and various techniques.

The first 3 images below are the page proofs before the captions had been added (hence the red lines through previous captions).


This issue of the magazine also contains an extra supplement (downloadable from the Digital SLR website) which has my Common Blue image on the front cover:

Monday 10 June 2013

More Damselflies

After a very slow start to the 'macro season' this year things are picking up and I now have my usual processing backlog.

Here are a few more Large Red Damselflies, all taken in a single session last month.


First, here's an adult damselfly next to the exuvia from which it has emerged. It's hard to believe that it fitted in that! The adult emerged an hour or so before this image was taken and its colours have started to develop.

Now a wider angle image showing a freshly emerged damselfly within its habitat.

...and an image of a damselfly midway through the emergence process. I think it's spotted me.

and finally another wideangle image.

I still have some video to process which I'll hopefully get around to soon.