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.
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.
Randomly chosen by fellow photographer Cliff Featherstone from my Blue collection.
It’s 7:10 in the morning.
The sun has just risen.
The English flag is bartered in the wind.
It’s Sunday and the the question that I ask myself is: What am I doing back at school?
Obviously, I am doing the only thing I would be doing at a school at that unholy time in the morning, I am photographing it.
Welcome to St John’s College.
Randomly chosen by my mother Claire Parent from my Blue collection.
I restarted something I stopped doing about a year ago, asking people to randomly chose the next photos I will be posting.
This forces me to think each time I post a photo as they often are from different shoot and eras.
This one is from a photowalk back in January 2015, we covered central Johannesburg that day.
One of the buildings, Mark Straw managed to get access to was the Ansteys Building, finished in 1937 of an Art Deco style.
When it comes to abstract art I am completely out of my depth, I just go “Wot?”, as you can imagine creating it is not forte.
But my wife, Geraldine, is natural at it, she will find the oddest, simplest, most out there things to photograph, things I would not even consider and illuminate them.
Though I edited this image, she shot it and her inspiration and creativity sits behind it.
South Africa has built a rich and varied history in its short existence.
Unfortunately, a lot of the South African history is a dark one, this memorial remembers one of these dark times, the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, a time of holocaust a time of concentration camps.