Yesterday, I was amazed by the difference in the Light (of the Water Lilies in the Shade) and then 15 feet away, the Water Lilies in the sunlight. They were so pretty but as it was getting late and my stomach was grumbling about the lack of food, I took only a few shots and then headed for home.
I have to admit I’m not very experienced at making images of moving birds (or anything else moving for that matter).
Sometimes I press the shutter button at just the right time………………
………………………and sometimes not!
Yesterday, the swamp hen’s feathers were lit like a bright royal blue beacon by the sun low in the sky – normally they’re more a dull blue-purple colour.
I take lots of photos of trees, but rarely share them as I’m never really sure that I’ve captured their lovely shapes, height and foliage.
The photo of the Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta) below, is one of those trees which makes you think it climbs up into the clouds (when looking straight up from its base).
Many of the trees in the Royal Botanic Gardens would have been planted some time since the early days of the Gardens creation in 1846, but others look like they have been there forever. It’s only when you see them collectively in the one folder that you get a sense of the variety. I now have a folder specially for tree photos (and another for tree bark) which is by no means complete since I haven’t finished sorting all my images yet. In this slideshow, you’ll notice one small weeping variety is shown during various seasons of the year.
The first image in the mosaic below was shot a week after I bought my first little Canon Powershot A3000 IS camera in May 2010, so you can see I was attracted to trees as a photo subject right from the beginning of my photography hobby.
You’ll notice in the 14th image down, a hole has been cut in the trailing vines that cover the Gardens perimeter fence so that in the early evening, you can see the rays of sunlight catch the sprawl of it’s root system above the ground. When I first saw this hole walking home one day, I thought the gap was accidental, but over the years, I have realised that it is deliberately made and kept clear so that walkers can have a prime view.
A shaft of late afternoon sun caught this wilted leaf; and to non-Melburnians, you could be forgiven for thinking a bright orange globe has captured an Autumn leaf.
But no, this is the last rays of Summer. There are so many dead leaves on the trees in the Botanic Gardens this afternoon, that I think many will just drop off and not even bother to turn orange and gold.
We’ll have to wait and see.
(I took my 50mm f1.4 lens out with the new LED ring light attached in the hope of getting some sample shots to share, but discovered that the battery on the ring light was nearly dead when I went to use it – I must have forgotten to turn the switch off before I put it away from some food photography the other week. Anyway, I did get some interesting DOF using the prime lens all the same. I pretty much alternated with my 18-200mm telephoto on one camera body and the 50mm prime lens on the other. It was interesting to see the difference where I had used both lenses on the same subject, but not enough to really share. As it’s now after 1.00am I’m off to bed, but maybe the morning light will reveal more when I review the rest of this afternoon’s images).
It was hot again today and I left home later than usual (for my walk) hoping the shadows would be longer and the shade would be cooler.
I often photograph the hole in this Irish Strawberry Tree because I love the shape and colours – the tree is pretty ordinary and wouldn’t rate a second glance though.
I came across these images in my archives this morning and although shot in April 2011, with my little Canon Powershot A3000 IS (and not my newer DSLR), it’s a timely reminder that we are coming into Sunset Season here in Melbourne, Australia.
We have some spectacular pink & purple OR gold & orange skies during Autumn. Even in the inner city where I live, one is able to capture some of these dazzling arrays of colour in the early evening.
When I first bought a tiny Canon Point & Shoot camera in May 2010, I didn’t know much about digital photography.
In fact I knew zero (except that you pressed a button on top and Hey Presto, you got a photo on your computer). The last time I’d taken masses of photos was in 1976, 1978/79 when I used an old film camera to record my UK & European holidays. They’re terrible now – yellowed, faded, dark (mostly) and really not worth keeping.
I certainly had no idea Photography was going to take over my life and end up being the focus of my week.
Photo Editing and Image Libraries were a totally unknown concept. I wish I knew then, what I know now. Being obsessively tidy and a bit pedantic about fine detail, you’d think I would quickly catch on, but I didn’t – it took a full 3 years before I’d seriously wished I had done some filing right from the beginning. While I’ve been meaning to get around to sorting the images for a year or so, it wasn’t until I received an email inviting me to submit a sample folio to an actual Art Gallery that I came a ‘cropper’ (as we say Down Under) – I couldn’t find any of my favourite images, so the task of sorting and filing became more important and in the last few days, I’ve found the B & W street images I wanted.
No…..they’re not in this post, but here’s a few old flower images that were ‘lost’ and now found – mostly from 2011 – transferred from my old windows desktop computer in late 2012.
I have yet to type all the Common & Botanical Names on the photos. I tried to choose a variety for this post and have included a couple from 2013 as well.