Now this is a flower beetle I think… Well I’ve tried to find some more info on them and have found out nothing at all! Well I know they eat fruit as you can see from the photo. But If anyone knows about these mysterious beetles; please enlighten me! 😀
I really do love this picture. I took this a couple months ago at a nature reserve in the UK and initially didn’t upload it, due to a piece of grass going straight through diagonally left of the shot. Every time I’ve looked at the photo I kept saying to myself that I love this shot so much but the grass just ruins it! Today I just realised that I could crop the photo so that all you would see is the insect itself. Took me that long to figure out that solution, but anyway its finally here!
Another spider shot. A lot of you may be thinking that I’m a great fan of spiders due to the amount of pictures of them I have uploaded recently. But no I’m not a fan of spiders, its just that I love seeing the detail of them up close. Nothing like what we see when see them from a distance. As you can see the spider has something between its pedipalps. Not sure what but I’m guessing its a fly. RIP whatever you are.
The temperature outside today was surprisingly warm compared to the past few days. I have 3 new photos for you guys! I don’t think they’re the best of my photography skills, but I don’t even have much motivation at the moment as I am constantly worrying about my exams. Talking of exams, tomorrows exam has been cancelled! I was actually ready to take it but I suppose a few more days revision would be helpful, right? I guess so.
Other 2 photos will follow.
This is a photo of a spider taken in a beautiful forest in the UK.
How did you get a black background?
Having a black background adds a dramatic effect to the photo and also focuses your eyes on the main subject. To get this effect you have to eliminate the flash from hitting the background. So In simplicity, the object must be far away from its background. You cannot have say; a spider on the floor, as then the flash would hit the floor, which would then illuminate the photo. For my photo however, the spider was in a web hanging from the tree. There were plenty of feet between the web and the tree in the distance, so that the flash would not hit the tree and ruin the shot. There’s also one more thing. The in-camera settings.
First you want to set your camera to the maximum sync speed (speed which your shutter and flash can work together. 1/200 for me). Next set your iso at 100. The last thing is to set your aperture. Start with a low aperture of say 5.6, take a picture (no flash) and see if the photo is black. If not, close down the aperture more. Say to 8.0. Keep stopping down the aperture until you manage to get a fully black photo. Once you’ve got that sorted, you can turn on your flash and your good to go.
This is my first photo of a Dragon Fly taken with the Nikon D3200. And I know your thinking “Another macro?” yes indeed. Ive been focusing a lot on macro photography lately, theres always bugs out and about for me to take photos of. Now its starting to become winter ill have no choice but to move onto doing other types of photography.
Other than that I had a go at making stop motion videos with lego mini figures. I don’t know how you stop motion guys do it! Its so long winded just to make the figurine look like he’s walking. But I must say the videos you make are amazing and so creative.
I start college on the 9th (I’ll be doing an AAT Accountancy Course) which means ill be working less and earning less. I currently work at a local convenience store which in fact i love doing. But anyway my hours are going to be way less as I’ll be at college so… Ive decided to sell digital downloads of my photos for a small price. For only £0.50 Im selling my photos full size in which you’ll be able to use as your desktop wallpaper or you can print them up to size A0 without loosing a hint detail! Tiff files can be provided if needed.
Lately I’ve been taking a ton macro shots. Its amazing how compatible lenses can be with all cameras. I received an old macro lens which is built to fit a Contax camera (I have a Nikon) And yeah I was gutted to find that it wouldn’t fit a Nikon camera but i thought somehow there must be a way that I could miraculously fit it on. Anyway i done a little research and found out you can buy these mount to mount converters which cost about £12/$18. I bought one and have never complained since I’ve had it. Yeah it sure does have its knock backs such as you can’t use auto focus, but with macro that isn’t a problem anyway.
I dont think this spider was expecting the paparazzi to be taking pictures of him. This little fella was found by my little sister aged 8 who started screaming at the site of the spider and ordered me to “Kill him”. I thought thats pretty cruel as the spider was in its own environment and was doing no harm. I ran inside and grabbed my camera and then disembarked on a quest to find the now scared spider who had decided he didn’t want to stick around any longer. In the end I found him and got some great shots before returning him back to his web safely and not as my sister ordered: “kill him”
While on holiday at devon I was given some old photography gear by a great man called Alan so thanks a lot for that Alan, I really appreciate it. Although the lens’s were for a Contax SLR, I purchased a Contax to Nikon mount off eBay. These lenses work great for macro work with extension tubes like the shot above. I had to use a rolled a piece of paper attached to the top of the lens to bounce the flash light onto the tiny fly. I don’t actually own a flashgun yet but plan to buy one soon. I just use my popup flash which I have learned, has it’s limits. If anyone else has any other methods on how they light their subjects in macro work, please comment as I love learning new tips and tricks that will help me progress my knowledge of photography. Thanks
Yesterday I got the Nikon D3200. This is my big step into photography with dslr cameras as before i was using the Fujifilm Finepix S4300 which I cant lie is a brilliant bridge camera. But that just wasn’t enough, for me anyway…
This shot was taken with the Sigma 70 – 300m DG lens which is a great telephoto /macro lens except the fact it struggles to focus in low light. This can be solved by just using manual focus which in droplet photography is used anyway. If you would like a guide to start droplet photography head here to Bopbie’s tutorial: http://bopbiephotos.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/shooting-macro-droplet-photography/ and also checkout his droplet work, they’re incredible!
Walking into Tesco and taking photos of their flowers is a little weird. This was a photo i done for a girl who wanted a picture to give to her mum for Mothers Day. It may be a great Mothers Day gift but at 800 iso I’m not so sure.
I’ve never thought of taking droplet shots outside in the sun (its rarely sunny in the UK) but today it was so i tried with great success although, I still need to get a better setup for my droplet shots as the background in my shots always look dull and need touching up in Photoshop. If you have any tips that would help me to gain better shots please comment below 😀 I’m always open to advice. I know Bopbie has some amazing photos which have inspired me to start trying droplet photography, without his wonderful blog these shots wouldn’t have come about so thanks a ton! Checkout his inspiring photos here: http://bopbiephotos.wordpress.com/
Settings: 1/200 f/4.5 ISO 64 11mm
I can never quite capture the droplet in mid-air like Bopbie does…
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Settings: 1/100 f/5.2 ISO 64 19mm (On camera flash fired)
This is my first droplet shot! i know it’s not the best but i’ll keep trying to improve, it doesn’t help having to use auto focus all the while. I was inspired to take droplet shots by Bopie, who has some excellent droplet shots. check out his blog to see his amazing work: http://bopbiephotos.wordpress.com/
Settings: 1/160 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm
Check out this inspiring blog by Ron for some amazing photography: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/
Settings: 1/60 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm
My first black and white photo! I’ve always thought black and white was old school, but i was wrong. It really makes a scene dramatic, so thanks a lot carrieblueberry for the inspiration. Take a look at some of her amazing black and whites at her blog: http://carrieblueberry.wordpress.com/
Settings: 1/50 f/3.1 ISO 100 4mm
Thanks a lot Aamna for the name of this flower 😀 true legend!
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras