• Scott Cobb

The love of macro

The past few days I've been trying to figure out more of the business side of things concerning my photographic interests. Given my learning difficulties, it often takes me a while to figure things out when it doesn't interest me and add on to this my social awkwardness and tech phobia.....well it takes a lot out of me this kind of stuff! But I don't quit easy, far too stubborn for that, so I'm slowly making contracts, plans, terms and other such essential annoyances.

But after a while it was just driving me crazy! I need nature, it has always been there, guided me, healed me, yep I'm a tree hugging, animal loving, book reading hippie-like nerd! But hey it works for me. My passion for nature has been there for my entire life (though in truth it began with a dinosaur obsession!) and though I keep quiet, that passion is always there - people just rarely see it.

But anyway I'm rambling on again, so to take a break I headed out and as usual my lens of choice was the 180mm macro. Macro and close up is a form of photography that's fascinated me for a long time and the kid in me still loves a good bug hunt! So I headed to the park, staring at leaves, flowers and grass with intense concentration - I tend to "zone out" when looking for bugs and macro work so don't notice people, probably for the best given some of the positions I end up in! My first subject from my outing was a fly, not particularly exciting but given the light it made for a decent back lit image and as it was still quite early, even had droplets of dew on its body.

With the right light, even common subjects can make great images

Following on from the fly I found a few flutters. Mostly gatekeeper butterfly, who were clearly warmed up and flying all over the place, but also a Speckled wood. The Woody was actually quite calm and eventually I was able to take a clear shot of him, pretty simple portrait but the shade kept the shades nice and even.

A guide book style image, but check out those markings!

As my walk continued I headed on the path towards Matlock and encountered a few bugs, including some fast flying moths. Image wise however it was a bit of a wash out until I found a wasp.

Now wasps tend to get a bad rep (including from me when younger) but are actually quite amazing creatures. Incredible hunters, pollinators and architects, wasps deserve more positive attention. In terms of photography finding a solitary wasp is a fantastic opportunity. You see Wasps are very bold insects and not just from their markings, indeed these same patterns of warning give the wasp confidence in their defences so you can get very close to them without causing alarm. Apart from nesting swarms, and very hot days, English wasps are rarely aggressive in nature and so long as you watch your breath and don't go too silly, you can get pretty close to watch them. This guy gave me several great images as he was feeding from the thistle flower and I must have spent a good ten minutes just watching and photographing him, after a while however I decided to say thank you and leave him be. here's a couple of images for you to enjoy.

Check out those hairs! Man I love macro!

And another

The light was beautiful at this moment and really showed off those bold markings

After that the walk was largely uneventful and I ended up in Matlock Park. I took a few flower images but sadly the one I really liked wasn't as sharp as I hoped - even checking on the camera screen it can be hard to tell. But I decided to share it anyway so here's a bold Lilly Flower.

Need to re-take this but worth a share!

With that my little walk and break from the computer ended and I headed back to the house feeling a lot calmer and ready for more work of the boring kind!

Thanks for reading and stay wild!

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