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Heather ’s macro images make the most of stron g colours and light
Pine cone on burnt heathland
In July 2010 part of Frensham Common was badly burnt. Two days later, orange objects appeared on the charred pines. They turned out to be closed cones forced open by the fiery heat. I found this fallen cone, which I lit from behind with a flash covered with a soft box.
Norway maple leaf in a puddle
This maple leaf floating in a puddle is an example of how less can be more. Because the yellow leaf is brighter than a mid-tone, I metered manually off nearby green grass. Only after taking the image did I see distant pine trees appearing as miniature silhouetted reflections – a distinct bonus!
Ivy bee foraging on ivy flowers
Ivy flowers are an important autumnal pollen and nectar source for a host of insects in October. Ivy bees arrived in the UK in 2001 and here one laps up nectar. To take this shot I used a right-angle bracket from RRS, a handheld D4 and 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, and twin wireless-triggered Nikon SB-R200 speedlights.