Yesterday I had a Poplar Hawk moth perched perfectly for a photo. The side profile is the most fascinating because its body is so thick and arcs. I got an easy overview shot with my iPhone first and then did my usual Instagramming bit. Then, for a bit of fun, I decided to go in with the new SLR and macro lens. The settings were arranged on AV (aperture priority) for me by my trusted adviser - F stop 8 and ISO 400 with the lens automatically adjusting itself. I seriously don't know whether I would have had the patience. Macro photography is definitely an art. On my own, I'm pretty sure I would have plumped for the auto setting. Even with help - and a tripod to keep the camera perfectly still - I got the depth of field hopelessly wrong. Sometime the head was in focus and other times the wing, but never at the same time. For me, that's frustrating photography. I like to know I've captured the shot because you rarely get a second chance. Take a look at my efforts below.
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Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.