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Fascinating and Eye Opening Macro

17/02/2021
I found last night's talk by Tony North on Macro photography fascinating and something of an eye opener, into the ways that he obtained his (mainly) insect images. It was a very well thought out and structured talk, with loads of information on all aspects from camera settings, equipment, composition and methods of obtaining the images. Tony's images are characterised by very blurred backgrounds and very sharp subjects. He shared his method of obtaining these. This involved early mornings, a paint brush, envelopes to put the cold sleepy insects in, clamps to hold the 'perch' and focus stacking, which seems to be all the rage in our talks at the moment - I really must try it!!. The results were award winning images. He has identified the type of images that judges in competitions and Salons seem to favour and honed his skills in this direction.

I think most people will have picked up some useful points and the talk was liberally punctuated with amazing images.

Tony also briefly talked about other types of macro photography but his love is obviously with the butterflies and damsel flies! His website is well worth a look - https://www.artofmacro.com

A great talk - another success - Well done Diane.

Following the meeting Barbara Wilcox has sent this:

"Last nights talk was very interesting and as someone who has chased butterflies around the meadows I am interested to try what he said. Can you pass this onto the club in your report please.

As to data on butterflies as I do a transect on the Quantocks each year at Fyne Court and Cothelstone I can recommend looking at the Butterfly conservation website. There is a Somerset branch http://www.somersetbutterflies.org.uk/ who collate the records every year. The records are put up on the UKMBS website and reports are generated from that. The 2019 report is available to download under surveys. There is also an atlas of where each species can be found in Somerset - I have a copy but it is 79MB so I am not going to email. If anyone wants a copy let me know".

For those 'south of the border', there is also a Devon branch https://butterfly-conservation.org/in-your-area/devon-branch