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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Article: How to photograph Black Redstart


I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart

228/365 Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax


Using a prime lens will always have its advantages and disadvantages with photography.  Sharpness, focus speed and lens quality is a great factor to have but with closer subjects focal length and minimum focussing distances comes in to play.  This was the case with this juvenile Night Heron.

This individual came within the minimum 4.5m focussing distance of the 500mm f/4 lens I was using.  Attaching a 25mm extension tube (giving me 25% closer focus), this brought the subject back in focus again.  The Night Heron was still huge in the frame but I wasn’t able to zoom out or move further back.  Keeping the focussing point over the eye and creating the best composition was all I could do in this situation.  This is one of the images I achieved.

Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm extension tube.

 

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223/365 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia


The lighting was difficult to control on this one but checking the histogram kept me from burning out the highlights on the setting sun through the white feathers of this Spoonbill.

Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia, Hungary, May, 2013.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x converter.

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222/365 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea


I know I’ve got a big appetite but this fish even made me feel full.  Its amazing the size of the fish that these Grey Herons can swallow.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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221/365 Little Egret


Following on from the previous post, here is another Little Egret but taken later during the day.  It shows an adult Little Egret having a good shake after eating a fish and showing off its beautiful breeding plumage.

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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220/365 Little Egret


Back for a morning session in the hide yesterday and came away with some nice images.  This image of a Little Egret was taken just as the sun was coming up, illuminating the bird whilst the background was still in shadow.

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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