Posts Tagged ‘macro’

Yellow Jackets

August 2, 2011

Last year, while we were on vacation, we stopped in Chicago to spend some time with my parents. One day we noticed some yellow jackets hard at work on a hive. They were nice and low, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to get the tripod and take a look at them up close.

So we grabbed the 5D, slapped on the macro lens, and went to work. I tried to keep my distance, standing back from the camera as much as I could. I didn’t get stung, but whenever I went up to adjust the camera they would get on edge. If you see shadows moving in the background, that might just be me running from a few that are buzzing me.

So here’s a couple minutes of up-close wasp footage set to some weird music that reminds me of the sound of buzzing pests. The video isn’t too exicting or action-packed, but it is pretty neat to watch them clean themselves. They have fascinating mouths. Their stingers are also pretty neat; they seem to pulsate. Enjoy.


A wolf spider and his buddies

May 6, 2010

I don’t really have any clever anecdote or back story this little video. I just saw these little critters while I was outside and did what came natural- grabbed the camera. Enjoy!

I know some people treat the web like I treat books and go straight for the pictures, so here are some stills I pulled from the video!

Little jumping spider wandering around my patio

Fly on a mushroom

Ants carrying something... I have no idea what it is

Wolf spider that tried to dart into my living room

Wolf spider, out of my house.

Nice yellow-green toad

A bit closer on the toad. See the sun's reflection in his eye?

Allerton Park

October 8, 2009

I mention my wife on this blog pretty often. That’s not only because she rocks, but it’s also because we do a lot of stuff together. As a photography teacher, she spends a lot of time trying to get her students out of the classroom and shooting photos. When they do fun things, I usually tag along.

Monday, we all took a trip to Allerton Park in Monticello. While the students were wandering around shooting landscapes, I was looking for something to point a macro lens at. A while ago I promised to film more spiders to make up for the butterflies. Well, I found a spider, but I also couldn’t help shooting another butterfly.

The spider was about the size of a dime, and unlike the big, lazy spiders I filmed before, this one wouldn’t stop moving. The butterfly I expected to be jumpy, but I think it was injured. After taking advantage of his limited mobility for a while, I took him off the pavement and set him in the grass.

Later in the week, Alida took her class out to do ghost photos. I filmed some of that, so that should be up fairly soon.


October 3, 2009

I don’t have the best luck when it comes to being in the right place at the right time. If something cool happens, I probably don’t have my camera. If I have my camera, breaking news and action tends to avoid me. Lucky for me, I enjoy filming other things that don’t demand such luck.

One day, when the garden was still colorful and nice, I was taking out the garbage and saw tons of butterflies on one of the plants. I walked over to it and was happy to see that they were so busy pollinating that they didn’t care who was around. So, I ran in and grabbed the 5D Mark II and the macro lens and sat myself down. I spent most of my time following the big yellow butterfly, but did get a kick out of the brown moth who was hanging around. I  love how he scares himself when he steps on another bug. I know this isn’t anything spectacular or deep, but I like being able to look at the fuzzy mohawk and giant green eyes on the butterfly. Hopefully you enjoy it too.

Baby spiders!

September 5, 2009

Spiders creep me out, but they also fascinate me. I worked as a janitor at the Marina Towers in Chicago for a summer during college college. One of my duties was to go up to the 36th floor roof and kill all of the spiders that had made webs on the wrought iron bars. While I was up there knocking down webs and squishing huge spiders, I also saw some really cool stuff.

One day I saw a web flailing wildly in the wind, so the spider went around and released every other line in the web. It cut his wind resistance in half, and then he went back to the center and chilled. I left him alive.

Even though they do give me the willies, I can’t help watching them. So when I went into my garage and saw that a new family had moved in, I postponed my initial reaction, which was to drown them in Raid. Instead, I grabbed the camera and got a closer look at the babies. For full effect, I highly suggest viewing full screen in HD.