Cucumber splash commercial photography


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.

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215/365 Montezume Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma


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. 

Please click below for larger image.

Montezuma Oropendola, Psarocolius montezuma, Costa Rica, January, 2014. 
Canon 5D3 and Canon 500mm f4 L IS lens and Canon 580EX II speedlite. 

215/365 Oropendula

212/365 Canal Zone Tree frog silhouette


Another quick image whilst I have internet.  You just cant come to the rainforest without getting a picture of a frog in silhouette against a banana leaf.  So heres mine! 🙂

Canal Zone Tree Frog, Hypsiboas rufitelus, Costa Rica, January, 2014.

212/365 Frog silhouette

147/365 Large Skipper butterfly


As it was forecast to be dry (at last!) and fairly calm last night, I decided to go out and try and find some butterflies.  Within about 5 minutes I found this Large Skipper on a Self-heal flower.

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus, Herefordshire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens and flash setup.

094/365 Montane Nightjar


Getting low down is the only way to go sometimes.  Shooting this nightjar from above would have been impossible as I wouldn’t have been able to approach this bird from a standing position. I decided to get down low and commando crawl up to this bird that I spotted perched next to the road whilst I was in Kenya.  The red eye is a result of the reflection of the flash from my camera…. should have used red eye reduction mode 😉

Montane Nightjar, Caprimulgus poliocephalus, Kenya.