September 10, 2007

10. Dragonfly


Though we though bug season was over, we lucked out and found this guy not too long ago. This is the same dragonfly I posted here.

I really like this image. I think it is the background that I like the most.

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September 4, 2007

04. Dragonfly


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August 8, 2007

08. Skippers


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July 7, 2007

07. Hairstreak


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July 5, 2007

05. Dragonfly and Daisy


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February 20, 2007

20. Skippers


Another Out of Bounds image. The photo is of two skippers I shot last year. I entered this into competition on Monday night and received a score of 14 out of a possible 15 for the photo. That is a Diamond award in the club.

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January 31, 2007

31. Morning Mayfly


This photo of a mayfly was shot 18 months ago (July 31, 2005). I came across this photo while reviewing some of my older work which happened to be the subject of my latest tip.

You can read it here.

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October 28, 2006

28. 12 Spot on Thistle


12 Spot on thistle. This is obviously not a new shot, but it was taken this summer.

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October 11, 2006

11. Crab Spider


This is a different crab spider than the one I previously showed. They are both on the same flower, birdsfoot cingfoil though in a different location.

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September 15, 2006

15. Crab Spider


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August 27, 2006

27. Cabbage White on Clover


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August 20, 2006

20. Eastern Tailed Blue


This is another Eastern Tailed Blue. These are very small butterflies, maybe the size of my thumbnail. They move their wings up and down a little and while they do, the tails resemble antenna so that if a predator takes a bite, the only get the wing, not the head.

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August 19, 2006

19. Jiminy


Well, he is really a grasshopper, not a cricket. But I don't know any grasshopper names.

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August 18, 2006

18. Blues


A pair of Eastern Tailed Blues mating.

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August 17, 2006

17. Mating Blues


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August 6, 2006

06. Black Swallowtail


Found this guy in my garden after a rain storm the other night. Looked like he was feasting on my parsley. I believe it is (or will be) a black swallowtail butterfly. After taking some photos of him, I let him go.

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August 4, 2006

04. Black and White Butterfly


Shot at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

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August 3, 2006

03. Bee


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August 1, 2006

01. Beetle on Butter and Eggs


This spotted ladybug was not my intended focal point for this photo, but once I got closer to the flowers, decided she should be in there.

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July 22, 2006

22. Wings


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July 21, 2006

21. Saddleback


I shot this saddleback last weekend. Like the Monarch, it was done later in the morning. Unlike the Monarch however, it flew to me, I did not have to chase this one.

I processed this image in the new Adobe Lightroom beta. The software looks nice, but I will need to do some more testing with it to see how the image quality is. It is a little slow though. Beta sofware...

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July 17, 2006

17. Crab Spider and Fly


This shot of a crab spider and fly was taken a few weeks ago. I originally set up to shoot the bird-footed cingfoil (trefoil?) and after my first shot notice a blur in the photo. Zooming in to identify the blur I noticed the crab spider. I photographed the pair for a little while after that.

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July 15, 2006

15. Monarch


Monarch Butterfly. Stalked.

Our usual method of shooting these insects involves finding them in the morning when they are still fairly dormant from the overnight cold. This monarch was shot a little later in the morning and I had to stalk it, moving slowly. It was quite co-operative though and allowed me to get closer than I needed to be.

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July 14, 2006

14. Orange Veins


This is a close up of a 12 Spotter Skimmer dragonfly. Scott originally pointed out the orange colour in the larger veins in the wings.

I am still fairly new at photographing these insects so I rely a lot on John and Scott for names and searching the Internet when I can. I identified this based on what I found at

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July 13, 2006

13. Skippers


Two skippers covered in morning dew.

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July 3, 2006

03. On top of a Flower


Dragonfly perched atop a purple flowering grass.

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July 2, 2006

02. Resting


This Cabbage White is resting calmly on clover, basking before flying for the first time in the morning.

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July 1, 2006

01. Smiling for the Camera


This dragonfly seems to be smiling for the camera.

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June 26, 2006

26. Not Your Ordinary Portrait


Ha ha, this is definately not your normal portrait! This is the same dragonfly that I posted yesterday, only this time I shot the front of him. I definately like yesterday's shot of his back better than this one though.

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June 25, 2006

25. Wings


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February 15, 2006

15. Moth


A large moth shot at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.

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September 15, 2005

15. Sulphur


I started my class last night. I am not sure why I had the impression, but I didn't expect it to be so much like school used to be. But, it is class just as I remember them being (it's only been 5 years).

Tonight I am heading out with Dave to do some shooting. It'll be the last digital shooting I do for a while as I have to take the camera in for repairs tomorrow. Canon has told me it could be up to 6 weeks, even though this is a known issue. I am very unhappy about that. So, I'll be going back to film.

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September 14, 2005

14. A Rainbow of Colours


This is another shot of the Sulphar I posted on Monday. I find it amazing just how much colour is really in these butterflies. When I first looked at it, it was a pale yellow, almost brown, but this image shows its true colours, yellows, greens, reds, blues plus some purple and brown.

Tonight I start a 12 week portraiture course. I have to say that it is my weakest photographic technique and I have always thought people are the hardest subjects to shoot.

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September 13, 2005

13. Eastern Tailed Blue


This Eastern Tailed Blue was in excellent shape. Often they have nicks out of their wings from attempts from being eaten. The small tails are actually a diversion. They will move them up and down to mimic their antennae so a predator may only nip the back of the wing, rather than a more critical near the head nip!

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September 12, 2005

12. Early Morning Sulpur


As I mentioned yesterday, the season is about over for the insects. This is one of two butterflies I shot yesterday. We were at the Wainfleet Bog on Erie Peat Road in Port Colborne where we have had some pretty good luck over the past few weeks. I have a couple different shots of this butterfly and one more of an Eastern Tailed Blue to post.

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September 7, 2005

07. Dewy 12 Spot


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September 6, 2005

06. Meadowhawk


This is one of the meadowhawk dragonflies I mentioned last week. As this is the first year I have started shooting insects, it was an exciting find. The first dragonfly I posted back in July I did not actually find, but as my eyes are becoming tuned to what to look for, these creatures that camouflage themselves so well now are appearing to me.

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September 5, 2005

05. Eastern Tailed Blue


The Eastern Tailed Blue is only about the size of a nickel, so they are quite hard to find in the grasses.

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September 4, 2005

04. Sulphur


This was shot later in the day. I had to hunt this one down, and then slowly move up on it to keep it from flying away.

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September 3, 2005

03. Pearly Crescentspot #2


This is the same butterfly as yesterday, only with it's wings closed.

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September 2, 2005

02. Pearly Crescentspot


A Pearly Crescentspot warming itself before it's first flight of the day.

I was out this morning, and while I didn't shoot any butterflies, I did get some shots of a couple of dragonflies, a green darner, meadowhawk and a saddlebag. I will have photos next week.

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August 24, 2005

24. Golden Cabbage White


This Cabbage White appears to be seemingly made of gold. This little guy is seemingly enjoying basking in the sun, judging by the size of his smile!

Tonight is the Picture The Cure Exhibition and Auction for Breast Cancer and the Princess Margaret Hospital. The event is being held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. I cannot be there tonight because of some work commitments, but I would have liked to have gone. My best to the photographers who are supporting this worth cause.

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August 18, 2005

18. Bee on Black Eyed Susan


This is a photo I shot last year (I have been busy the week or so and haven't been out with my camera) that has done very well in competitions. I received a Diamond award for it in competition at the Niagara Falls Camera Club and and honour awards at the Rainbow Competition; a yearly competition between the Niagara Falls Camera Club (Niagara Falls, Ont) and Twin Cities Camera Club (Tonawanda, NY). It also received an honourable mention at this year's Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs Annual Convention.

Remarkably, for this magnification, I was able to shoot this hand held.

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August 16, 2005

16. Stained Glass?


Butterfly Wings... like stained glass.

NOTE: The service I have been using to send out daily email updates had a problem over the past few days. It looks like the problem was resolved this morning, but I have already written most of the code to send out the emails myself. I hope to have it working in a few days. I look forward to any feedback on the change when it happens.

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August 12, 2005

12. Green butterfly


When Leanne and I were in Letchworth, there were butterflies everywhere. Overlooking the Mt. Morris dam is a field of wild flowers that was teeming with them, bright yellows and greens, red and orange, black and white. I was able to get this shot in (a sulphur maybe?) but would love to have an early morning there for some really nice ones, like this, or this.

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August 6, 2005

06. Skipper


I am not as happy with this shot as I am with the Lacewing from Thursday. I would have like to have bounced a little more light back into the body to illuminate the from wing a little more.

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August 5, 2005

05. Morning Mayfly


I am really happy with this shot. I went out Sunday morning though I had thought about cancelling after having had a very long day at work the day before. Conditions were perfect and John has a very keen eye for finding these small critters.

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August 4, 2005

04. Skipperling


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August 1, 2005

01. Waiting to Harden


This butterfly had recently emerged from it's chrysalis. They emerge and sit for about an hour while they wings inwrap and harden before flying off. In the background you can see other chrysalis' from the hatchery at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.

On another note, yesterday was the last day of my sixth month of posting. So far, 182 days, and 182 photos. It's been tough to keep up with at times, but I am still enjoying it so I will continue. I am putting together a selection of my favourite images from the past 6 months. I have 22 selected now, I want to whiddle it down a bit before I post the link.

Other photos from the Butterfly Conservatory:
July 30, 2005
July 31, 2005

UPDATE: I have come up with my favourite 15 images from last month.

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July 31, 2005

31. Butterfly


Another butterfly from yesterday's shoot. With so many butterflies at the Conservatory, it is a very great experiance to be there first thing in the morning, but really lacks a lot of the thrill of the hunt of going out and finding them on your own like this shot of a Saddleback Dragonfly, or this one of damselflies mating.

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July 30, 2005

30. Butterfly


One of many butterflies shot this morning at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.

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July 27, 2005

27. Time for a Snack


While Dave and I were in the Niagara Gorge the other day, these cabbage whites were very abundant. Dave was able to get some nice shots in and I was able to get this female resting on this plant having a snack.

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July 20, 2005

20. Caterpillar


I found this caterpillar last week having a snack while out with Scott and John. While not as exciting as the damselflies or dragonflies we were looking for, I still thought it might make a nice shot.

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July 12, 2005

12. Mating


This pair of Damselfies are in a mating position. National Geographic has published an article which discusses the mating of can be found here.

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July 11, 2005

11. Hiding


This was shot yesterday along with my first dragonfly. I am working on my technique. Each week is a little bit better.

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July 10, 2005

10. Saddleback


Saddleback Dragonfly. This was posted late...busy day for me.

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July 4, 2005

04. Blue Damselfly


This was the only salvageable shot from yesterday. Manual focus and a diopter adjustment our of whack do not play well together. I am very disappointed as the sunbursts coming off of the water drops on both the grass and the damselfly are amazing.

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May 29, 2005

29. Damselfly


I was out this morning with a couple of my friends bug hunting. This was my first trip out with them for this purpose though they are experienced at shooting them. The morning was pretty uneventful as this Damselfly was the only one that was found, and not by me. I really do not how they expect me to find an insect that blends in with it's environment, buried in grasses, when it is only 3/4 inch long!

We are out most Sunday's so I am sure I'll be posting more Damslefies and dragonflies, maybe some moths and butterflies as well. The detail has really been lost in the conversion to websize, but the full version is really quite remarkable.

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May 15, 2005

15. Grossius Insectus


I believe that Grossius Insectus is the official name for this. If it is not, it should be. The insect was about 2 inches long in body and close to 5 from tip to tip of his feelers. I trapped him in a glass and tried to get a few shots of him. Hard to see in the smaller version of the image, but the individual ommatidium are visible in the compound eye.

In case anyone hasn't figured it out, I don't particulary like bugs. Another view of the insect can be found here.

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