Last Saturday saw me at Thorndon Park in Brentwood running one of my 'Close-up and Macro Nature Photography' workshops, and we were blessed with some nice weather and a good number of willing subjects, including Harvestmen, Spiders, Longhorn Beetles, Cardinal Beetles and various flies. The plantlife was good too, and as ever the bracken attracted me.
I try not to take too many photos myself when I'm leading a workshop, but sometimes I just can't help myself...
This longhorn beetle is a Rhagium bifasciatum, apparently.
Some bracken shot from ground level using my Manfrotto 055ProB tripod. Beetle shots taken with my Pentax K10D and Sigma 105mm macro lens, the bracken was with my Pentax DA*300mm lens.
This summer's shaping up to be a great one for insects, and I'm really looking forward to the dragonfly season really kicking off soon.
Have a look at my workshops page if you'd like to join me at Thorndon, Hanningfield or Fingringhoe Wick this summer!