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.


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

214/365 Banana Leaf

Well, five weeks in to the trip in Costa Rica and it has been a very interesting experience to date.  Im now currently sitting on the veranda of the Pedacito de Cielo lodge that overlooks the San Carlos river with the Nicaraguan border just 3 miles away.  I have 10 Iguanas to the right of where Im sitting with a very large amorous male that is shaking his head so much at the females that I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen off yet.  We have just witnessed a Black and White Hawk Eagle take an Orange chinned Parrot and was plucking it on a branch about 20m away.  We have 126 species of bird seen (with about another 10 I have still to identify from blurry photographs).

As I’m feeling quite relaxed I thought I would post an abstract image of a banana leaf that was backlit by the setting sun.

214/365 Banana Leaf

213/365 Black cheeked Woodpecker Melanarpes pucherani

The drinking hole that the woodpecker was using seemed to be too tempting and has now had excavations on it and has been turned into a nesting hole! It was digging it out for at least five days and this is one of the moments where it was spitting out the saw dust it had been pecking out!

Black cheeked Woodpecker, Melanarpes pucherani, Costa Rica, December, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

213/365 Bcwoody


211/365 King Vulture and Black Vulture

An interesting session in the Vulture hide a few days ago lead to this image of an adult King Vulture and Black Vulture together.  The adult birds are very weird looking but stunning at the same time.

King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa and American Black Vulture Coragyps atratus, Costa Rica, January, 2014.



170/365 Red Squirrel

Another Red Squirrel taken from a great setup with a reflection pool.

Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, Dumfries and Galloways, Scotland, January, 2013.
Canon 5d3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS, 1/400s @ f/4, ISO 1250.

170/365 Red Squirrel

169/365 Red Squirrel

Hi all,

Its been a long time posting on this blog but work has had to take precedence unfortunately.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and had many great parties for the New Year celebrations!
To kick start the year off I had a trip up to Scotland to photograph some of the Scottish species.  First of all is the Red Squirrel.  A very iconic species and great fun to photograph even though they are a bit quick.  This image was taken at ISO8000 (yes, you read right, 8000!!) as the light was extremely poor.  There was no snow so had to improvise…so….this is what rain drops look like at 1/2500th sec shutter speed.  It looks like snow.  I think another trip to here is needed to get the real wintry conditions.

Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, Cairngorms, Scotland, January, 2013.
Canon 5d3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS, 1/2500s @ f/4, ISO 8000.