From an early age I think most parents have told their children not to play with their food… I’m glad I’m old enough to break the rules..
Setting the home studio up I had a ‘play’ day where I was testing the limits of my flash duration on my studio lights for future projects. Throwing objects into a tank of water was a great way of testing the flashes to see if i could freeze the motion of both the falling object and the splashes that they created. It was lots of fun but not without its’ problems.
If anybody wants to know how to shoot these type of images please drop me a line.
Heres one of my favourites.
…i now just need to find out where I put the goldfish…
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. 1/160s @ f10 at ISO640.
Into the seventh week of leading photography tours in Costa Rica. I have met a lot of superb people and the birds here are magnificent. One of the birds that will keep you entertained is the Montezuma Oropendola. Here is a male standing in the rain whilst keeping a close eye on the females.
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Montezuma Oropendola, Psarocolius montezuma, Costa Rica, January, 2014.
Canon 5D3 and Canon 500mm f4 L IS lens and Canon 580EX II speedlite.
Another quiet period on the blog due to me visiting South Uist in the Outer Hebrides for 10 days. Although the wildlife there was very difficult to capture due to 60mph+ high winds and being on migration, I did manage to get this image of a storm passing through the islands with just one tiny hole in the clouds allowing this rainbow to form over this farm in the rain. I really like this image as it could convey a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people.
South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. September, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens.
Another image from my recent trip to Venice. This time an image of the gondola’s lined up with the San Giorgio Maggiore in the background.
Venician gondola’s, Venice, Italy, July,2012.
Canon 5D mk3 with Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.
Whilst walking around a woodland this morning trying to photograph butterflies (I’ve used the word ‘trying’ for a reason as it was a very unsuccesful trip!!!) I entered a shadowed area of the woodland where tiny rays of light were filtering through the canopy. As I walked through, I came across a spider web that was glinting in these rays. Thinking to myself that would make a nice photograph but thinking the lighting was nowhere near enough good for photography I nearly continued on my journey. Luckily, I like a challenge and thought that the butterflies were not playing ball so decided to have a go!
If you can imagine this web was the size of a jam jar lid and the spider was about 5mm long! (I’d missed the spider at first as it was so small). This web was moving up and down at about 20mm range and backwards and forwards so I didnt think at all that any of these images would come out sharp.
So to recap… we have a small web, small spider, moving target and low light…. all great conditions for macro photography! 😉
Anyway, I perservered and I’m glad I did.
Due to the low light I had to boost the ISO up to 2000 and because I wanted a fairly fast shutter speed I decided to use a large aperture of f/3.5 giving me a resulting shutter speed of 1/200 sec. Due to the background being so dark, I knew from experience that the camera would expose off this, instead of the 5% of the frame that the spider occupied. If I had photographed this at 0 compensation the image would have been completely over exposed as the camera would have metered for the background resulting in a very slow shutter speed giving me a glowing bright white spider and web. Instinct took over and I knew that I had to reduce the exposure compensation by at least -2. Trial shots resulted in me dialing in – 2 1/3 compensation to get a correct exposure on the spider and web, plunging the background into darkness.
The ray of light was so small that I actually missed the shot as sorting the camera out and finding the correct settings had left the spider in shadow. I now had to wait for the next ray of light to come and light the web up. After a 15 minute wait (and following several rays of light across the woodland floor hoping for it to have the right track to the web) I finally had what I had seen in the first place with the web being spot lit by a tiny single ray of light. I’m so glad I waited as for me, this image is probably one of the best I’ve taken. For me, I would probably put it down to luck as it could have gone completely the other way but I’m really glad I stopped to try and achieve what I was seeing. Regardless of how difficult a situation may be, I think this proves there can always be a happy ending. 😉
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Spider, Worcestershire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.
1/200s @ f/3.5, ISO 2000 and -2 1/3 E/V
When we stepped out of the elevator at the top of the Camponile the views were breathtaking. Luckily for me, the morning had started off quite cloudy so the heat haze wasn’t as strong as the previous days so visibility was still good for photography. Looking at all of the streets and houses and how compact they are, its no wonder we got lost on several occasions! 🙂 It was like a maze in there and from this height reminds of the ‘Where’s Wally’ books! (Still can’t find him in this though! 😉 )
This view is looking north from the tower with mainland Italy just visible on the horizon.
Vienna, Italy, July, 2012.
Canon 5D mkIII and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens
Another one of Venice taken from the Camponile Tower in St Marks Square. From this height if you look south-south west you can see across the Grand Canal over to the Santa Maria della Salute (Cathedral in the top right) and also the island of Giudecca (in the top left) with the Chiesa del Redentore (Redentore Church) visible.
Vienna, Italy, July, 2012.
Canon 5D mkIII and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.