On a hot summer evening a good number of club members ventured out to the Aston Clinton Ragpits, just near to Wendover.
The site is a special one and has many species of orchids to photograph at the right time of the year. The season to catch the orchids is short, but we just matched the meeting with the tail end of the season.
Nick Razey sent in these close-ups taken with a Sigma macro lens, though a variety of approaches were in use by other photographers so you don’t have to use a macro lens.
There were plenty of both white and pink orchids, but some eagle-eyed photographers spotted both white and pink pyramid orchids in amongst them.
Nick cropped in on a daisy to prove that even the more common flowers have a different look when viewed up close.
Getting in really close with a macro lens makes for interesting details that are not readily seen by the human eye, but at such close distances depth of field is minimal and you should stop down the aperture a lot to get more sharp from the front to back of the flower.
Shooting handheld is tough for macro shots, the grasses move in the slightest breeze drifting in and out of the paper thin depth of field.