Aquilegia, Granny’s Bonnet, or Columbine – makes no difference to me, they remain one of my favourite plants and this garden is full of them. I love their elegant shapes and gorgeous colours.
These were all taken with the 5D and a 100mm macro lens. Click on any image to make a slideshow.
There has been a lot of rain here, everything saturated this morning, but lots of spider trails lit with tiny water drops, like fairy lights!
Bought a bunch of gorgeous Gerberas to celebrate the first day of Spring!
Macros – 5D Mk III, 100mm macro lens.
This week’s challenge was to take photos to demonstrate the different depths of field one obtains using different apertures – ie shallow depth of field with a wide aperture or the reverse, greater depth of field with a smaller aperture. I actually showed this a few posts back - here – as it had been something covered at our local photo club. None the less, today I spent some time using my macro lens to shoot the same subject ( the fruiting bodies on a pot of moss ) with a range of apertures from f/32 to f/2.8, giving very different results in terms of background sharpness and detail. Personally for this type of photo I prefer a soft blurred background – the very sharp one has too much confusing detail!
These following shots were all taken at the Desert Springs Wildlife Park in Alice Springs where our group had several sessions learning about capturing birds in flight, macro and low light photography plus many other techniques. There was a walk through aviary, a free flight display with several bird species and a section with reptiles and small desert creatures. Our tutors were great – well informed, experienced professional photographers, friendly and patient. I would thoroughly recommend any of their workshops and hope to do another one in the future. For information about Trekabout Photography Workshops follow the link. As usual, click on any photo for a larger image and screenshow.
At one of the recent meetings of our new Camera Club in my town, we spent an evening discussing the basics of photography – aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the like for the benefit of some beginning photographers. We were asked to take two images to illustrate focal depth resulting from different f.stops. These were mine – some tiny fungi that had grown on firewood in the woodshed. Taken using a 100mm macro lens, and the clever in-camera natural looking HDR mode of the 5D MkIII giving perfect exposure for the whole image in natural light.
A very sharp image from front to back – f/20
An image with very shallow depth of field – f/2.8
For those who might need a little visual reminder, this diagram shows the relationships discussed above.
Diagram found on Google, copyright of http://www.momentologyphotography.com/
A while ago I purchased, very cheaply, several broken mechanical watches on eBay, specifically for the purpose of taking some close ups of their innards – these are a few of them. I think they have a certain beauty, and also meet this week’s brief of Curves.
I have written before about finding Ladybirds ( Coccinellidae ) inside my home, having been unwittingly carried inside on firewood, where they have gathered to begin their winter hibernation. The warmth inside wakes them up, and I find them clustered on the widows, probably drawn to the light. Yesterday when a carpenter removed some rotting timbers from near the roof, this is what I found when I went to clear the rubbish away. There were hundreds of the little beetles hiding away inside a groove in the timber that gave them a snug dry and dark place to sleep until Spring.
Being very fond of these helpful insects, today I collected a few that were wandering away from the cluster and moved them to my pot of moss for a photo session. They are not easy subjects to photograph – tiny, round and shiny, plus they do not stay still! The piece of timber will be moved to a sheltered spot, and the remaining Ladybirds left undisturbed. I hope they survive till warmer weather.
There has been over 60mm of rain in the last few days, most of the leaves have gone from the deciduous trees and the garden is beginning to look a bit bare. Few insects are around, and there is not much to photograph. The roses still have a few blooms though, and these photos were taken over the last week or so. Still practicing……this time with the 100mm macro to focus on water drops.
Another practice session with the new camera. This time specifically macro, using the 100mm macro lens to try and achieve tack sharp focus. The little brown toadstools were only about 3 cms tall, while the Fly Agaric were much larger. My favourite is the Red Fly Agaric with the water droplet. Click on any image for a larger view.
This is my 250th post on this blog – a minor milestone. I thank every one of the 80+ followers for being interested in the photographs I take – you keep me motivated!
This morning I found a little skink in my sewing room…….on checking with the Museum of Victoria Field Guide site, this little lizard is a common Garden Skink of the Lampropholis species. It must have lost its way!
Gently caught and transported outside to my moss pot, it became the subject of practice with the 5D. I’m finding the numerous modes of auto focus a bit of a challenge, but managed to get some good shots. Some of these have been cropped a little, but all were taken with the 100mm macro lens. He was quite small, about 8-9 cms long. If you look carefully you can see my reflection in its eye!
Just a word about these galleries – you can click on any image and it enlarges, the whole then becomes a slide show. The gallery itself will show images in a different order each time it is opened.
I’ve been rescuing Ladybirds again. I think they come into the house on firewood somehow, perhaps they are hiding in crevices or under the bark, but I am never aware of them at the time. Then they must emerge and fly towards the light, as I find masses of them on the window screens, or around the widow edges. There is a wonderful website about them if you are interested – HERE. Today I must have caught and removed at least 25 of the little beetles and released them onto my large pot of moss that is often use as a background for photography. Of course I then had to take some pictures before they flew away. Here are a few……..
These are all taken with my usual Canon 550D and the wonderful 100mm macro lens and tripod.
Taken this morning……it’s Autumn here now and weather is getting colder. Still some roses about, but this gorgeous one was the only one on that bush. Sorry – can’t recall it’s name.
Processed with KK’s textures Isobel (86%) and Blue Bayou (50%), both at Soft Light with textures removed from the rose.
I spent a short time today lying on my grass, observing and photographing dandelions and bees. I have used one shot for this week’s Texture Tuesday image. This has two layers of KK’s textures – “Paper stained music” and “Fall in”, at multiply and soft light modes respectively. I had difficulty deciding on the colour for the quotation as dark colours appeared too harsh and light ones too bright – I eventually settled on this after a lot of trial and error!
These are some of the other photos I took:-
When down by the lake in search of emerging dragonflies early one morning, I discovered the water reeds were full of these gorgeous little frogs – Litoria ewingii, who come in a variety of colours, and are rarely over 3 cms long. I love them! By the time the sun is coming over the trees and it begins to warm up, they are gone, hiding in the grasses and reeds on ground level.
Click on any image for a larger view.
Recently I read a lovely story of the rescue of a Blue Banded Bee, with great photographs by Mark Berkley, an Australian photographer who loves macro as much as I do, so I thought to share my own experience in rescuing tiny creatures. About two weeks ago I lit my slow combustion heater as it was really cold that night, and added several red gum logs to the wood basket for the purpose. I did not burn it all, so one log has been sitting on the hearth ever since…..it must have been full of ladybirds as I have been finding them huddled in corners on my windows ever since. I do not know the life cycle of these insects beyond knowing that they go through several stages before they become adult, or whether these insects had hatched in a crevice of the wood (doubtful), or the cold had made them decided it was time to shelter for the winter. Some appeared alive and moving, others were quite stationary and looked dead, but they had obviously been able to fly towards the light and settle once they had emerged from the wood. I have been collecting them and taking them outside, releasing them onto a pot of moss where a light sprinkle of water revived most of them so they could fly away. I must have saved at least 30 of them, and of course, there were photographs too!
Please click on any of these for a large image…….
Some recent shots – probably the last for a little while as I’m off on holiday to Singapore. Hopefully I shall have a selection of different-type shots when I return. These as usual are from around the garden, and all macros…enjoy! Click on any photo in the gallery for a larger image.