Macro photography season

After a pretty lousy spring the macro season has finally got going properly and I’m beginning to see much more invertebrate activity. For those of you who have never been lucky enough to have a go at macro photography, it is a specialist area of photography which focuses on getting close up shots, usually of small subjects. In my case as a wildlife photographer I focus my macro efforts on capturing images of invertebrates such as insects and arachnids.

I always find this type of photography fascinating as it reveals details of our smaller neighbours which wouldn’t normally be seen with the naked eye and therefore opens people’s eyes to a whole new world into a species life which they may well have previously ignored before. Take for example the spider photographed at the top of this post. This spider is a called a nursery web spider. This spider is commonly found in the UK and can be found sitting on the top of a leaf sunning itself. It’s a stealth predator so whilst it is sunbathing it is also keeping a keen eye out for unsuspecting prey ambling along. When something appetising does appear it will jump into action and overpower its victim with power and speed. Even more interesting are the private habits of this spider; the female spider seems to enjoy trying to eat the male when he tries to mate with her. To get around this the male brings her a gift such as a fly to distract her whilst he does his work. Once the act is done the male scarpers (or gets eaten!) and then the female proceeds to even more intricate and fascinating behaviour; she lays her new eggs into a silk cocoon ball which she carries around in her fangs. When they are ready to hatch she spins a silk nursery web tent and releases the spiderlings into it. She will guard this tent over the first few days of their lives at which point the spiderlings wiull be large enough to disperse with a better chance of survival.

All of this amazing wildlife and behaviour from such a small creature which no doubt lives in you back garden. Forget the African plains for wildlife, we have it all here if you take the time to look!

If you’re interested in getting into macro photography then I run courses which gives you the skills you need to start. Check out my macro photography course page here for more details.

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