Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Photographing hidden gems



 Hello again – I’ve just returned from a trip through France and Spain. Although I didn’t spot any dramatic photo opportunities like my Moroccan buried in the sand, I found a gorgeous seedhead as big as a tennis ball and a tiny, iridescent green beetle on a flower close to an almost dry riverbed in Spain. Sometimes it’s necessary to keep your eyes peeled for the minutiae to find hidden gems.





Whether I will use either of these in a story or travel essay remains to be seen, but I’ll keep 
them on file.


7 comments:

  1. I think that seedhead might be of salsify. The mauve flower is scabious - no clue about the rather snazzy beetle though.

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  2. You're spot on, Patsy - they are indeed salsify and scabious - thank you. Now to identify that little beetle!

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  3. I love the seed head - I'd probably have missed the beetle with my eyesight!

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  4. I love the seed head - I'd probably have missed the beetle with my eyesight!

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  5. Funny you should say that, Lizy, because I didn't see the beetle either at first. I was photographing the flower on macro when the beetle climbed into view and turned a fairly 'blah' photo of a flower into something much more interesting.

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  6. Love these close up shots. Lucky you getting a cooperative beetle. I spent ages last week trying to photograph bees on different flowers and always ended up with them exiting the photos stage right.
    Ann

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  7. Thanks, Ann. I know what you mean about how long it can take to get a good shot. It takes great patience sometimes, doesn't it? I've got some hard won photos of various insects - I'll dig them out of my archives and post them next week.

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