I have some luck with flying insects lately, I do not even have to leave the confines of my garden.
I unfortunately do not have a scientific name for this beauty, if you do please leave me a note and I’ll add it.
Shot in my garden.
I started today’s shooting with an exercise in pure 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.
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!
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.
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.
What gets more complicated than an HDR?
In my books, a blue hour panoramic scene with moving clouds, the conditions keep changing by the second. In this case, I was very conservative and decided that a 2 photo panoramic would do, since each was 30 seconds I really did not know if it was going to work.
Lately, I have been attracted to night lights, I was down in the fair city of Cape Town and planned to shoot for the top of Signal Hill, which as this photo and the next 2 will profess, I did. This was not without some challenges. Little di I know it was going to be freezing up there, I had a jacket but nothing to cover my ears, this resulted in an unpleasant experience.
The results were worth it, though.
Randomly chosen by fellow photographer Russel Harris from my Blue collection.
Before 1Fox – The Sheds was hip and filled with good food there was just the derelict abandoned buildings of 14 Alexander Street.
Today, it has been recycled and houses a food market, a micro brewery and much more.
Randomly chosen by fellow UK photographer Kim Brown from my Blue collection.
Sunrises and sunset alike are funny things, one day they will be the most beautiful thing on earth, the next plain as can be.
On this day it was just a vaguely interesting sunrise behind a lot of clouds.