My first love is macro photography. I use a Nikon D500 camera with a Nikon 105mm lens plus a Nikon 1.4X teleconverter, which equates to a 150mm lens.
My favourite subjects are butterflies and odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), because I find them the most beautiful of minibeasts. However there are many other small subjects worth photographing, such as moths, beetles, bees and wasps, spiders, flies, hoverflies, flowers, fungi and leaves.
My goal is to portray the beauty of the natural world. To this end I seek to ensure the subjects are sharp and well lit, well positioned in the frame, and all the wonderful details such as wing patterns and eyes are clear. I also try to create a pleasingly out of focus background, known as 'bokeh' - a Japanese word meaning blur.
Large Red and Common Blue Damselflies
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Flowers and Leaves
In late June and early July 2022 I visited the region around Mt. Parnassos in central Greece with the aim of doing some macro photography. I was amazed by both the number of species and of individual creatures. Just looking out of my back door I could often see ten or more butterflies fluttering about.
Areas such as this are a different world from my sadly impoverished home country, the UK, where habitat destruction and intensive agricultural methods have reduced invertebrate populations to less than 10% of what they once were.