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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: 144

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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: 202

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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: 211

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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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  • Fishes of Saint-Gilles

    Fishes of Saint-Gilles

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    Photo 62 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    These are fresh out of the water, there was a whole school of them trapped in the port, this attracted fishermen.
    They would have been served that evening for dinner.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony NEX-6
    Lens: Sony Zeiss E 16-70mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/1600 sec, f/4, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 54mm
    35mm focal length: 81mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 14 April 2015

    Photograph by Geraldine Parent © 2015

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    Monday, 27 April 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 476

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  • Squirrel!

    Squirrel!

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    Photo 59 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    I just knew you all wanted a squirrel from Companies Garden in Cape Town, I just knew.
    The next 12 days are going to be rather interesting I am off to Reunion Island, if you don’t know where that is click here, in short it’s off the coast of Africa (way off) in the Indian Ocean past Madagascar and is situated in France, yep it is an overseas department of France and in the infamous Euro zone. Weird I know!
    Loads of shooting on the agenda and hopefully loads of good photos and stories to share!

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom 5.7.1, Photoshop CC 2014, NIK Color Efex Pro 4.
    Taken: 23 July 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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    Sunday, 12 April 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 641

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  • Black-Faced Weaver

    Black-Faced Weaver

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    Photo 41 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

    Randomly chosen by Craig Nicholson from my Blue collection.
    I have quiet a lot of bird life in my garden, I managed to catch this Black-Faced Weaver.
    It took a bit of patience though.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM IS
    Settings: 1/320sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600
    Focal Length: 400mm
    35mm focal length: 400mm
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom 5.7.1
    Taken: 20 December 2014

    No location given

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2014

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    Wednesday, 4 February 2015 • Daily Photo • Views: 433

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