Phone Macros

I’m sure there must be many blogs that are dedicated to wildlife photography on smart phones. Smart phones today undoubtedly have quite high spec cameras. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more than pleased with my Samsung Galaxy S7. It is particularly good at taking macros with little post-editing required. As I’ve been working with an ecologist for the past year or so, I’ve (unwittingly) embarked on an education of pollinators and such like. This is one of the great things about life, you can always learn new things and learn from other people.

Here are some of my favourite phone snaps from the year so far.

15th June – Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) on an Ox-Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

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1st July – Nigella

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24th July – Chrysanthemum

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13th August – Female Furrow Spider (Larinioides cornutus)

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27th August – Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on Geranium ‘Roseanne’

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19th September – Queen Wasp mating with Male Wasp

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27th September – Queen Red-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

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365 Day Photograph Challenge: Day 283

I returned to the scene of my photograph of 6th January this year. The subject was the stepping stones (formally The Bakehouse Steps) crossing the River Wansbeck. They connect the High Stanners on the west bank with Mains Place on the east bank. The view is from the High Stanners looking east towards Mains Place. It is said that to be a ‘true Morpethian’, that one must be ‘baptised’ by falling in the river here. To date, I have not managed this feat, although many members of my family have!

Sadly, this photograph didn’t make the final cut as my ‘photo of the day’ but I thought it was useful to compare the photographs 9 months apart now that I have had more practice at night photography. They both have their merits, but I think I prefer the earlier one as it is more atmospheric.

10th October 2017

Stepping Stones

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 20 sec exposure
  • f/8 28 mm
  • ISO 200

6th January 2017

06-jan

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 6 sec exposure
  • f/5.6 35 mm
  • ISO 400

365 Day Challenge: Day 282

Practice really does pay off.

I returned to the scene of my photograph on 13th February 2017, or Day 44 of the 365 Day Challenge. The subject matter was Morpeth’s impressive 13th Century Chantry. It is now home to the only bagpipe museum in the country (make of that what you will). I am always keen to return  to places to take new photos to see if my skills have improved. Even more so with interesting subject matter as the possibilities for finding new angles are limitless.

9th October 2017

Chantry 1

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 15 sec exposure
  • f/9.5 20 mm
  • ISO 200

Chantry 2

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 6 sec exposure
  • f/9.5 18 mm
  • ISO 200

13th February 2017

Chantry 3

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 1 sec exposure
  • f/5.6 18 mm
  • ISO 200

Note the old light has since been replaced with a LED light in the intervening months.