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.
Following on from the previous post and not wanting to miss the first appearance of the Osprey I moved around to the opposite side of the reservoir. The mist was still apparent but no where as thick as it was. I noticed a female Tufted Duck bathing in the water and knew that she would flap her wings after she had finished. Setting up, it was just a matter of waiting. She was fairly distance so opted for a more minimalistic approach to the image.
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5dMK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and 1.4x II converter.
Getting up early sometimes gives you the edge over images taken later in the day. Wanting to photograph the osprey in one of the previous posts (here), I was on site about 20mins before sunrise. Looking at the weather forecast the night before and expecting a clear blue sky (which it was), what I didn’t realise was that the reservoir was going to have a very thick layer of mist hanging over the top of it. Within an hour this mist was gone, being burnt off by the heat of the sun. Knowing that the best pictures would be taken through the mist towards the sun I positioned myself in the best spot and waited for the sun to come up over the horizon. To say it was fantastic was an understatement. I would have been more than happy just to watch this scene unfold in front of me with mysterious shapes and shadows dancing around in the mist being backlit by the rising sun. Im just glad there was a fair bit of activity with gulls and ducks making fairly regular appearances and coming within camera range for a decent photograph.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.