2 August 2015

Smartphone wildlife macro photography

Back in May I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and discovered that the camera is excellent for macro photography. While not quite the same quality of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the Note 4's 16 MP front camera doesn't do a bad job and is great for those impromptu photographic opportunities.

The camera settings are as follows: mode: auto; ISO: auto; white balance: auto; metering: centre-weighted; HDR: off; tap to take pics: on. I usually magnify by 1.3 x and set the screen to maximum brightness in strong sun. I can't find any manual control of aperture but maybe another app allows this? All the pics below were taken with the phone, and have just been cropped a little and had some unsharp mask applied. Not bad results.

Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, Worcester Park, Surrey, 28 July 2015

Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii on its larval foodplant Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus, Brook Manor, Devon, 9 July 2015

Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus, Bramley, Surrey, 13 July 2015. The eye is out of focus in this pic, but I was really
rushed at the time.

Yellow-legged Mining-bee Andrena flavipes next to its nest burrow, Riverford near Buckfastleigh, Devon, 8 July 2015

Volucella inanis, Worcester Park, Surrey, 25 July 2015

Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris, Hampton Court, Surrey, 1 July 2015. This pic was taken in low light in a marquee at the
Hampton Court Flower Show.

High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe, Aish Tor, Devon, 9 July 2015

Leaf-cutter Bee, probably Megachile centuncularis, sealing it's nest in my bee hotel with a leaf, Worcester Park, Surrey, 2 August 2015

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