With 2 weeks off work now I started off with a quick call again into East Blean Woods to continue my caterpillar missions. This time I was armed with my new bean bag and wanted to see if it made a big difference to the shots that I have been taking. At the moment all have been hand held and as steady as I am, when shooting from a few inches from the subject the slightest movement can give you an out of focus shot. The sun was again absent this afternoon but I went to an area I had seen them yesterday and managed to find 3 Heath Fritillary caterpillars at rest on the moss. They eventually started to move a little which gave me the chance to get the bean bag into some action and despite the light I managed to get a few more shots. It was much easier as expected and let me really concentrate on the detail required. If the subject lets me get close to the ground this is the way to go I think. All I need is some good light now and I think I could get something quite nice with this set up.
Heath Fritillary Caterpillar