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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: 196

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  • 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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    Tuesday, 6 December 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 260

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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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    Sunday, 6 November 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 269

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  • 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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    Saturday, 5 November 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 250

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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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    Friday, 16 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 267

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  • From Green Point to Boubergstrand

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    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.
    It did!

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Settings: 30sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 16mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 8 September 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Wednesday, 14 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 210

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  • Cape Town by night

    Cape Town by night

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    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.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Settings: 30sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 16mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 8 September 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Sunday, 11 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 260

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  • Offices Deserted

    Offices Deserted

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    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.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/13sec, f/9, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Photomatix Pro, Color EFX Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Saturday, 10 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 200

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  • Sunday at the train station

    Sunday at the train station

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    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.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/3sec, f/11, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    35mm focal length: 24mm
    Number of photos: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Friday, 9 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 195

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  • Beach drama at Cape Point

    Beach drama at Cape Point

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    Randomly chosen by fellow photographer and Joburg Photowalker Palesa Diale from my Blue collection.
    On the day this photo was shot the Cape of Storms lived up to it’s reputation.
    It was stormy and cold but we braved it all and came away with the goods.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony-Zeiss E 16-70mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/800sec, f/4, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    35mm focal length: 24mm
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity
    Taken: 19 July 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Thursday, 8 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 174

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