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.
It’s great when everything comes together for an image. This Green Sandpiper had spent most of the time feeding against a muddy bank offering limited photo opportunities. I was lucky that the light was really nice when it walked into this clear area of water and started to preen itself.
Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.
Photographing in local towns and cities is something I tend not to do on a regular basis. Sometimes though, a particular scene catches your eye and you think, giving the right situations, the possibility for a special image is there. Most major cities will have their own local colony of Lesser Black backed Gulls. This is the same for Worcester. Passing the River that runs parallel to Worcester on several occasions I noticed that at certain times of day some of these gulls would have their daily preening session. I’d also noticed the reflections of the buildings on the opposite side of the river. I planned the photography to be done during the best weather conditions to make the most of the situation. The image below is one of my favourites from the session. Its definitely a place I will be going again as there are plenty of possibilities to be had here.
Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus, Worcester, Worcestershire.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
A technique I’ve been using more and more recently is where the conditions in the background are bright and the subject is in shadow. Here is an image of a Turtle Dove in such conditions.
Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens and Canon 1.4x III converter.