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Aphid hunting as the light fades
I used a speedlight with soft box on this shot as it was getting so dark I could hardly see this chap
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With light fading this ladybug was finishing  aphid hunting for the night
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Bottoms up !!
Now I know there is an aphid in here somewhere ! 
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It's a jungle out there !!
Imagine if we had to through spikes 5 foot tall
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This lady bug rocks !! scratch 1 aphid
I watched a number of ladybugs feasting on one of my Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' plants.
Brunnera is an ideal plant to choose if you're looking for something a little more unusual for the spring garden. Throughout April and May, 'Jack Frost' is covered with lots of small, bright blue flowers which look rather like forget-me-nots. These are complemented by the beautiful heart-shaped foliage which is a pale silver-grey with pronounced dark green veins. 
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In the micro world of insects tiny fibers on a leaf become huge obstacles to over come    
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Ladybugs are on the prowl looking for the aphids. Lovely looking bugs but ferocious hunters and as I am no fan of aphids in my garden the more lady bugs the better
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Early riser still a bit cold
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High five to all Google+
Great weekend :)
Back to work Monday :(
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Sunday Macro fun with the new Sigma macro lens.
Spent the morning gardening (one eye on the garden the other on anything that moved !! :)) Such great weather decided to try some outside shots but very little insect life (still a bit early in the North East of England for bugs.
 I did have a couple of ants running around on my sundeck but the little beggars move so fast I could not keep up with them so had an idea. Bug boxes at hand I gathered up a few willing subjects and off to the study.
So how to keep the ants in one place without chilling them in the fridge ! answer swimming pool OK not quite a swimming pool but a business card box with a stick held in place by Plasticine and filled with water. The ants and later a ladybug we deposited on the stick and with nowhere to go apart from up and down the stick I had captive subjects.( I have added a few shots of the setup).
I also had a centipede but this was very sluggish so I placed him on a bunch of small leaves (only did a couple of shots of him before putting back in the garden as I thought he was not long for this world) The little green nymph was on a daffodil and I almost missed him. The ants were very small the smaller of the 2 had a body of approx 3mm and the larger 4mm. 
Lots of hand held shots (the camera set up is a bit weighty but with that much glass in the lens its to be expected)
The ladybug did make a break for it but not in the way you would expect. It crawled to the bottom of the stick then pulled itself under the water !! onto the Plasticine but at the bottom lost its grip and popped up like a cork. I had to play lifeguard and after that she was a bit subdued . Spent an hour taking the shots all with the sigma and the 3 extension tubes then processed in lightroom before uploading to Google+.
I used my Canon 650D, 3 extension tubes 13mm + 21mm + 31mm and the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro OS lens (lens only arrived last week) I had my Canon Speedlight 430EX II on a Joby focus with ball head x and a soft box triggered by a "hahnel combi TF wireless trigger.
I kept the ISO at 100 to reduce noise and kept the "f" stop low to keep clarity but as a result suffered the short depth of field. the speedlight with softbox I had close to the subjects and had this set at 1/4 power. I had different settings from 1/60 to 1/125 but with these settings due to the low ISO live view is not possible but with the flash firing brings it all to life.
hope you enjoy the shots I am having so much fun with this setup I thought I would share how I achieved the shots
  #canon   #canonphotography   #macrophotography   #sigma   #ant   #ladybug   #lightroom  
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Macro Sunday 22 March 2015
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