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Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), male; Ted Ellis Nature Reserve, Norfolk, UK; July 2010

I like taking photographs of insects or other invertebrates in the field (with a digital SLR and macro-lens).  My rules are that the insect has to be photographed as encountered, the camera must be hand-held (no tripod), only natural light can be used (no flash) and no stacking or other processing of the digital image is allowed after it's been taken (apart from cropping and minor, global adjustments for contrast, sharpness etc.).  I break the rules sometimes.  But overall I enjoy stalking the insects with a camera and like the naturalistic look of the results (though the rules do make some of my favourite insects - bumble bees - hard to photograph well in nature, because their bulk means that getting sufficient depth of field requires particularly strong sunlight, which in England can be a scarce commodity).

To see some of the results, please click on the tabs on the left.  The division of the insects into habitat groups has an arbitrary element, but reflects how I encounter the subjects better than a taxonomic division.