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  • Yellow tailed wasp

    Yellow tailed wasp

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    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.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM on a Kenko Macro tubes
    Settings: 1/50sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800
    Focal Length: 170mm
    35mm focal length: 170mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 16 December 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Friday, 16 December 2016 • Daily Photo, From my Garden • Views: 143

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  • King of the wall

    King of the Wall

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    Photo 6 the 2016 Collection

    In a continuation of my “from my garden” series is this one of my many resident geckos.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
    Middle Settings: 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
    Focal Length: 400mm
    35mm focal length: 640mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 31 March 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Thursday, 31 March 2016 • From my Garden • Views: 257

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  • Bee Harvest

    Bee Harvest

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    Photo 4 the 2016 Collection

    I have been trying to get a bee in flight for about 4 days now, luckily I do not have to travel past my garden.
    I found that Macro lenses are not good for this, they are too short and the depth of field is just not working out unless I put the ring flash. Imagine a bee being blasted by a ring flash! Poor bee…
    So I changed my tactics, and dusted off my 100-400mm to eventually, with an enormous amount of patience and self control, catch this.
    A little blur but very acceptable don’t you think?

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
    Middle Settings: 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
    Focal Length: 400mm
    35mm focal length: 640mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 28 March 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Monday, 28 March 2016 • From my Garden • Views: 264

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  • Grey Lourie (Corythaixoides concolor)

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    Photo 3 the 2016 Collection

    Here is the most unimpressed and aptly named “grey go-away-bird” or better known as the “grey lourie” (Corythaixoides concolor) I ever had the chance to shoot.
    This particular bird has recently appeared, far more prominent in the past 2 years, in my back yard. Though very noisy, a welcome addition.

    On another note, I am getting to grips with the Canon EOS 70D, the focusing system seems a little different to what I am used to, add to that the fact I had not shot in a long while and you have a bunch of silly mistakes.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
    Middle Settings: 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 400mm
    35mm focal length: 640mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 6 March 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Tuesday, 22 March 2016 • From my Garden • Views: 283

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  • Brown Veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

    Brown Veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

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    Photo 2 the 2016 Collection

    As a great many living on the South African highveld (or high plateau), I often move to my patio to enjoy the fresh air.
    My house is located in the south part of Johannesburg near a natural reserve and that means there is a buzzing wildlife around me.
    I see from the 2 legged to the 8, from insects to reptiles going past birds and mammals, all day long every day.
    There are no large predators, I live in a built up area after all, but buzzing never the less.
    I will be posting some of these creatures in a new category “From my Garden
    Today’s is the commonly seen “brown veined white butterfly” (Belenois aurota).

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
    Middle Settings: 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 400mm
    35mm focal length: 640mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 6 March 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Monday, 21 March 2016 • From my Garden • Views: 259

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