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Heather ’s macro im­ages make the most of stron g colours and light

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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.

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