A few shots from the weekend - Fauna and Flora.

in creativecoin •  29 days ago 

To be honest, it's not been the best weekend photography-wise. I rented out a kingfisher hide on Saturday in order to try and get some images of one of my favourite breed of birds but unfortunately didn't get to see any. Then my sunset shoot was ended by far too much low cloud and tonight there isn't a cloud in the sky, making it pretty boring. The joys of photography. However, I did get a couple of reasonable shots while waiting for kingfishers.

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I'm quite happy with the two above. The dragonfly is quite a heavy crop from about 50m away at 400mm.

I then thought that id pop out and see if there were any bugs about for some good macros. Don't know if its the heatwave we are having this weekend, but we were pretty devoid of all insect life in the garden so I got some flower shots instead. Thought that I'd try something different here. Not 100% convinced they came out as I hoped they would. Don't think the lighting is quite right. Not my usual thing, but something I would definitely like to improve on

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Tomorrow we are off to spend the morning at a nature reserve so I will no doubt be switching between the 300mm macro and the 100-400 to go from bugs to birds and back again.

Thanks for reading

Mark

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These are so pretty, Mark !

How do you get that pitchblack backgrounds on the flower shots ??? Love the contrast created by the pop of colour off the flowers against that black bg!

The dragonfly and the duck are great, also~

Too bad the weather was poop and the kingfishers were no shows, though > __ <

Hey spidey,

I use a flashgun for those flower shots. There's a clever science thing called the "Inverse-square law" which basically says that the light from the flashgun drops off real quick. So basically, there is nothing immediately behind and due to science, anything in the distance won't get lit up either.

Great shots man.

Cheers W. Much appreciated.

Geez that dragonfly was shot from 50 meters? I love the twisty sticks in that one and in the duck shot.

Yeah, the 400mm on my crop sensor camera is an effective 640mm lens. Those sticks are meant to be for the kingfishers to perch on but the only animals interested were ducks and dragonflies.

You did some great shots. Upvoted. Welcome to photostreem.