"British Wildlife In Macro" Illustrated AV Show

Britain has some spectacular wildlife and everyone loves many of the great iconic species such as Kingfishers, Osprey, Red Grouse, Pine Martens, Woodpeckers, and many many more.

But it also has some great small macro subjects such as butterflies, orchids, dragonflies, fungi, amphibians, and reptiles and many more small species.  This show looks at many of these smaller wildlife species all photographed in Great Britain.


I have photographed all 58 species of British butterfly and many of these colourful insects feature in this show, many of the butterfly species are common and seen within a few miles of home, whilst some are rare and took quite a few targeted visits to some interesting sites to find them.

Above is a Marbled White butterfly photographed in Cambridgeshire, and below is a Silver Studded Blue which was photographed in Shropshire.



This show looks at wildflowers including many common species such as Cowslips, but it also looks at some more uncommon species and includes many rare of our orchid species.

Many people think that photographing flowers is easy (after all they don't run off or fly away like mammals or birds).  But flowers can be very tricky subjects to photograph and I explain some of the techniques used to photograph these subjects.  Looking at all sorts of things such as lens choice, controlling the depth of field, weather, and how to get sharp images.

Bee Orchids are one of the easiest to identify of our British orchids, they are very beautiful and can produce great images.


There are well over a thousand species of moths in Britain and many of these can be found flying in our gardens. Many people think that moths are brown and boring, and whilst this can be true of some species there are also hundreds of colourful and photogenic species to be seen and photographed.  Many of these are day flying and can make great macro subjects.

Above is a Garden Tiger moth whilst below is an Elephant Hawk moth which was photographed in my Leicestershire garden.



Dragonflies and damselflies also make great subjects, especially when photographed head on showing their comical and interesting faces.  This one is a Blue Tailed Damselfly.


As well as the section on how to take flower images this show looks at other aspects of macro photography including equipment and techniques.  For some people, macro photography is a mystery and we look at some of the aspects which can make this area of photography so much fun and very rewarding.

Macro subjects can vary in size and shape from the small blue butterfly which is smaller than your fingernail through to several orchid species which have stems over a foot in length.  Some subjects are happy to sit for the camera whilst others take a lot more planning.  But this all poses different challenges and require different techniques to achieve success.

Autumn fungi are another area of macro photography featured, the above are Porcelain Fungi, the image was taken in Warwickshire.
Both Dragonflies and damselflies make interesting subjects especially when photographed head-on with their interesting and comical faces.

A few more of the many "British Wildlife In Macro" images from this show are shown below: