Author Archives: Adrian

Born in Canada, but of Dutch descent, my early life was influenced by travels with a constantly moving family. Our wanderings took us through Canada and South Africa until, at the age of 17, we settled down in Edmonton, Alberta. A Landscape Gardener by trade, over the years I have developed a multitude of interests which I now share by means of photography and blogging. I appreciate nature in all its forms, but particularly insects, spiders and other arthropods. I am a science watcher, and I have an interest in the history of science, especially biology, entomology and evolution. I am married, with one delightful daughter.
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First Spring Field Trip 2017

With an unruly spring–further delayed by an eight-day trip to New York with She Who Must be Obeyed, my usual April launch into the ice-free wilds became a May day. Ignoring the unkempt garden for a […]

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Photographs as specimens: Adding value.

When entomologists (or collectors in any other branch of zoology) collect a specimen or specimens, they know that they will have little value until they properly labelled. Labelling with the date and location are the […]

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State of the Stack

At the end of last year, I began revising my focus stacking system to make it more portable and to be able to produce higher magnification work. At the same time, I decided it was […]

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Using Extension Tubes and Tele-extenders for Macro

Extension tubes and teleconverters are two methods of gaining magnification with lenses. Both accessories are designed to fit between the camera body and the lens. Many beginning photographers purchase these as affordable tools to expand […]

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Odds and Ends

◊ Jan Harmsky (Czech Republic), has taken his passion for macro and freshwater life and turned it into an impressive book, Life in fresh water. From his web page: The purpose of this book is to allow […]

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Bee Watching

Pour yourself a glass of mead and take a seat. Please watch in HD full screen to make the most of the video, and enjoy the movement of bees in flight, followed by a brief […]

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Budget Entry-level Macro Equipment

What  DSLR equipment would I recommend for beginning, budget-conscious macro photographers? While I can’t speak to mirrorless cameras and compact systems, the DSLR equipment that I would recommend would look something like this: Canon EOS […]

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Odds and Ends

◊ A Ghost In The Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee is an excellent short documentary by Day’s Edge Productions on the plight of an endangered bumble bee. It’s nice to see an excellent macro […]

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