• Also known as the Carpenter Bee, this is a bee I would rather not argue with, large does not describe it, for a bee that is (2cm +)
Shot in my garden.

    Xylocopa caffra

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    I started today’s shooting with an exercise in pure futility.

    An exercise in futility

    An exercise in futility

    I mounted a Canon EF 200mm f2.8 L to a Kenko Macro Extension Tube to a K&F Concept EF to NEX adapter to a Sony Alpha 6000…
    Being stuck at f/2.8 in manual does not help when trying to catch flying insects, in fact I would not recommend it to anyone but as I noted it was an exercise in futility, I just had to try.

    Onto today’s photo, this is the Xylocopa caffra also commonly known as the Carpenter Bee and this is a bee I would rather not argue with, large does not describe it, for a bee that is (2cm +)
    Shot in my garden.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
    Settings: 250sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 220mm
    35mm focal length: 220mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 6 December 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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  • Macaw Parrot

    Macaw parrot snapshot

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    One, if not my biggest, pet peeve in the photography space is: Because you are known as a photographer, snapshots will not do!
    But what if I wanted to share a memory, not a portfolio image?
    No you cannot and will not publish that, says the masses!

    So I am defying the masses, here is my macaw parrot snapshot!

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
    Settings: 60sec, f/4, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 105mm
    35mm focal length: 168mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No, the road was stable enough.
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 5 November 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain

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    The jacarandas in Johannesburg are a sight to see, the northern suburbs of the city turn purple with these majestic trees.
    This, from end of October the the firs few weeks of November, is the season.
    We call it purple rain season and you can see why.
    Interesting fact: The Jacaranda is not native to South Africa or Africa for that matter, even if our capital city Pretoria is widely known for it. The tree is native of Central and South America.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
    Settings: 160sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 40mm
    35mm focal length: 64mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No, the road was stable enough.
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 5 November 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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  • Cape Town 180 degrees

    Cape Town 180 degrees

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    This is the last image (See what I just did? I called it an image, just for the purists!), from my Cape Town trip.
    This image stretches from Green Point on the left to Table Mountain on the right and the City of Cape Town in the middle, clearly seen is the table-cloth running down Table Mountain one of the “new” 7 wonders of nature.

    I had everything planned and it showed. Well not everything, the clouds and the freezing cold wind that made me wish I had a beanie were far from planned.
    The point I am trying to make is, planning helps, more so when you have limited time at a location.
    When travelling, take your tripod, camera and a couple of lenses and plan what you will be shooting. Check the weather, sunrise and sunset times, how long to get there, where to shoot from, will you need a beanie?
    I take my 24mm pancake everywhere, it is often accompanied by the 10-18mm and when I can a 24-105 or equivalent.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Settings: 10sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 18mm
    35mm focal length: 29mm
    Number of photos: 5
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 8 September 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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