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Macro Photography in Edinburgh

I went along to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh on Sunday to do some flower and insect photography, as I haven't done many photography-specific trips this year. The overcast skies meant that the colours of the apple blossom and of all the other blooms were strong and bold, but not harsh like those colours created by sunny weather. It made sense to focus on capturing the overwhelming pinks and white of the blossom, so here I used a soft close-up focus which was spot-focused on the pollen.

Plant photography is not my forte, and I much prefer photographing insects and macro life instead. There were plenty of flying ants and flies which were both easy to approach and quite photogenic. Creating a small depth of field, I 'threw' this green leaf out of focus and the lovely silvery shimmer along the midrib into focus, which happened to be where this fly was also sitting. Can't remember the last time I went out to photography insects, but glad to see I haven't entirely lost the knack!

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