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.
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.
A quick update for all you Canonites out there.
Canon have announced three new additions to their EF lens range:
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
More details can be found by clicking on the Canon website link here:
Image 017 shows a sunset taken last year from the warm sunny climes of Menorca. I thought it was quite apt to post a warm image since its -2c outside my office at the moment. The silhouette of the land mass (for those wondering) is Mallorca looking across the Balearic Sea.
Sunset overlooking Mallorca from Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. October, 2011.
Canon 1d MkIV and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens.
Image 009 is of a Crocus flower. I can’t wait to start photographing these again. They start to peek out of the soil at next month along with the Snowdrops. A sure sign spring is on its way!
Crocus, Crocus longiflorus, Herefordshire, March 2010.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens.
Checking the exif data for the Bee Orchids I photographed last year said I’d taken them between 10th and 27th June. Well I searched and searched and couldn’t find any. It was only when I checked the other night that I found a single really small orchid. I’m not sure whether its been a bad year for this species or not, but I can definately say they are very late flowering around this area compared to last year. Anyway, the next task was to photograph it. I tend to use my Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for most of the macro subjects I find, but after purchasing the Canon 1D mk4 I am finding the depth of field with this lens to be tricky. Due to the sensor being a lot bigger than my old 40D, the subject appears smaller in the viewfinder, which means you have to move closer to the subject which in turn, makes the depth of field smaller. Is everyone still following…? Good! (cus I’m confused and I’m writing it!! lol!) Anyhow, hmm.. because the depth of field is smaller due to being closer, to get more of the subject in focus, you have to increase the aperture. This will have two effects on the image/settings. 1. It will cause the shutter speed to go down (unless you increase the ISO) and 2. It will bring the background more into focus and you will lose the nice clear background that you want in an image. Not good… so… in my bag I also carry a Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. I also have an 25mm extension tube and a 1.4x converter. It doesnt happen very often but I had a brain wave. I mounted the 70-200mm on the tripod and attached the extension tube aswell. An extension tube reduces the minimum focussing distance of a lens, (25% in this case with a 25mm) so you can get closer to a subject (and therefore have it bigger in the frame). This would also get round the fact that I would be further away than with the 100mm macro (because of the magnification of the lens) which should therefore give a more diffuse background. It worked a treat and the photo below is what I achieved of a plant that was no taller than 15cm. Settings for the top shot were Canon 1D mk4 with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens at 170mm with a Canon 25mm extension tube. ISO200, 100th sec @ f/8.0. The lower image is with the 100mm macro lens at ISO 400, 1/80sec @ f/8.0. Compare the two backgrounds and settings. I know which one I prefer.
Knowing that there are plenty of butterflies to photograph in this area, I had a slow walk back to the car and found two Marbled Whites butterflies mating on top of one of the orchid spikes. The female is the browner looking one on top. I couldn’t resist getting a few pics and heres one that I particularly liked.
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