Friday, June 27, 2014

Smartphone photography

  Even if I still shoot and love to shoot photographs with an DSLR, I'm using more and more my smartphone. The quality of the images made with phones are already pretty good and it's a lot fun too as you can edit the images directly in your phone and post them online immeadittely. Here' one from yesterday evening.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Beautiful but dead

  Butterflies are pretty fast in their moves. Just when you are ready to press the shutter they'll fly away to the next flower. Most butterflies don't let the photographer to come close, just a tiny movement and they are gone. That's what happened with this butterfly. Just when I was ready to shoot, it got scared and flew to this clover. The sad thing is that a crab spider was lurking on the top of the flower. Good for the spider and bad for the butterfly. At least I got an image of the butterfly.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fly with an orange backdrop

  Big flowers make a nice backdrop for tiny insects. Here's a macro shot of a tiny fly.
 The macro world is really very fascinating. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

About photographing snakes

  Snakes are one of my favorite subjects. Here are two photos from the same photo shoot from about two weeks ago. This first one is made with a 150 mm macro lens. Even if the reach of the lens is pretty good for aggressive snakes, I personally think it's a bit too long for such harmless snakes as Grass Snakes. Off course when making an image like this, a closeup mugshot, it's nice that you don't need to touch the face of the subject with your glass. Even though I still would prefer a shorter tele lens, maybe 105 mm or even 70 mm for snake photography.

  Even if it's pretty fun to shoot closeups of snakes its nice to have some variation sometimes. That's why I love my 10-20 mm lens. It focuses enough close so that you can have the animal in the the foreground and show something of its habitat. Of course with this type of a lens you have to go extremely close to your subject, so your fingers are in danger. Choose a timid and non-venomous snake otherwise it is better to use a little bit longer focal lenght.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A green frog.

Just one shot from to days walk with our dog. It's always a bit of a pain to try to combine photography and walking a dog. Luckily I found this common tree frog in a ditch and enough high so that our beloved pet couldn't reach it and destroy my photo shoot.