121/365 Orchid III

Another image from my session with my kitchen orchid.  I like this zoomed out version as much as the close up ones from my previous posts.

Canon 1D MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and Elinchrom Quadra with softbox

120/365 Orchid II

Todays image is another version of my orchid photograph from the studio session the other day.

Canon 1D MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and Elinchrom Quadra with softbox.


118/365 Orchid

I bought some new portable studio lights last week and have just been able to start playing with them. First test subject was the ‘kitchen’ orchid. Messing around with high key images today, I really like the overall effect of this. It would look great as a canvas! Any takers?

Canon 1D MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and Elinchrom Quadra with softbox.

Target practise…

When at any coast, I always strive to photograph waders of some variety, whether it be an Oystercatcher flying along the beach, a Ringed Plover hesitatantly searching for food, with its stop-start behaviour, or the Sanderling, as they constantly run along the shoreline, with their little legs whirring and feet hardly touching the ground.  Waders rank second in my list of favourite bird families to photograph, just behind birds of prey, and just in front of ducks and geese.  When photographing waders on the ground, they provide wonderful entertainment as they forage along the shoreline.   In flight, they are even more spectacular.  Zipping past at lightning speed, these Dunlin were hard to keep track of with a 500mm lens.  More often than not I would just get a head or a tail in the frame.  They definately can put the speed on when they need to .  These are worthy birds to get sharp photographs of as they twist in and out of each other and providing havoc for the auto focus trying to lock on to them.   
Leaving their high tide roost I was fortunate enough to get lots of small flocks (and some considerably larger flocks) flying past a position where the sun was directly behind me.  Trying different shutter speeds, apertures and panning speeds gave me the results below.  Panning along side them with slower shutter speeds gave varied results and often produces more throw aways than keepers. 
If you do have the wonderful opportunity to photograph any sort of waders or any bird for that matter, make sure you take the time to just put the camera down for 5 minutes and watch them.  Its all too common for photographers to take pictures 100% of the time and miss the spectacle that is happening in front of them through their own eyes.