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!
Most folk refer to these big birds as crows, but it is in fact a Raven – Corvus coronoides. It is a passerine member of the Crow family – large, impressive and vicious looking with it’s bright eye and gleaming plumage. This one has begun to appear when I feed the smaller native birds, and bullies them out of the way. Ravens eat anything from plants and seed to other animals or carrion and it looks like this one has been doing just that from the dried blood around it’s beak. Much more cautious than the other garden birds who are used to me being around, I happened to be photographing my friendly Currawong when this one landed in the tree nearby to steal what it could.
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.
I had a couple of helicopter rides while in the Northern Territory, the longest one over King’s Canyon before landing and walking along the canyon bottom. Those fitter than I climbed to the top and walked along the edge, but I was quite happy to have one of the tutors to myself for several hours of tuition – after all I had already seen it from above! The rock formations, dry river bed and ghost gums growing out of nothing were quite spectacular.
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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/
I occasionally feed seed eating native birds during winter, and today took advantage of another dry day and a borrowed 300mm Sigma lens to capture some of these beautiful Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans) in my back yard. They are very common in this area, and although gorgeous to look at, they are also very destructive, eating new shoots on roses, buds on flowering fruit trees, and of course fruit during summer. This was a small group of about seven birds who took turns to feed while others waited in the nearby tree.
I can hardly believe it is nearly a month since I posted here – I guess that reflects the dreadful winter of endless days of cold and rain this area has been experiencing. Today however we had sunshine, so I ventured out to try and meet this week’s challenge. It was to find a likely scene or view, and decide whether landscape or portrait orientation made the best shot. Look here for the article from photographer Jeff Sinon who discusses how he makes his choice.
Here are a few images taken at the local park this morning.
Hard to choose? I think it depends on the effect you are seeking……..or the subject…….or……….???
In photography, the Golden Hour is the first and last hour of sunlight – Sunrise, or Sunset are times when the quality of light makes it possible to capture magical shots. The addition of water, either sea or lake can result in the most beautiful images. Here are a few of mine from the archives…….it is mid winter and pouring with rain where I am, so there is no chance of something new!
These were taken in Tasmania, Queenscliff in Victoria, near where I live, and the lake in my own backyard.
As usual, clicking any image will make it larger.
At the end of June I spent a week in the Northern Territory, based in Alice Springs, on a photography workshop organised by Phototrekabout Tours. It was a fantastic experience – to see the country, take endless photographs and to learn from experienced and friendly tutors, while enjoying oneself. We spent time at the Desert Springs Wildlife Centre, travelled to the East and West McDonnell Ranges, visited Standley Chasm, Ormiston George, Emily Gap, Jessie Gorge, Corroboree Rock and many more interesting and beautiful places. We went all the way to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon, where I had an amazing helicopter ride over the canyon to see it in it’s full glory.
These are a few shots which cover some the the first few days, up to our time at Uluru – landscapes only, but lots more to come. Enjoy!