Sunday, 29 March 2015

Ain't it just like the night...

...to play tricks when you're trying to be so quiet...what an up and down week...enjoyable and frustrating shoots...great and not so good weather...pictures I like...and some I am disappointed with...all in all a typical week in the life of a working photographer... I have been working on my lighting rig for macro and general wildlife shots for most of the week as I described last time...the second half of the Lepp bracket arrived on Thursday...

Before that happened I have enjoyed shooting the new growth for the new season...during a family day out to Ickworth House...




gorgeous ancient oak tree...they have so much style these old trees...they must have seen so much...





not sure what the blue flower is...possibly blue snowdrop- whatever it is a non native but striking none the less...






Box in flower...a ubiquitous species for hedges and thickets...great to see in flower...






Butcher's broom...spiky...you got to love those berries though...





solitary daffodil...makes a refreshing change from the overdose of yellow trumpets in huge bunches or fields that are prevalent at this time of year...





and of course...spring wouldn't be spring without primroses...




a single nettle seedling shoots up from a moss-covered log...




just waiting for the harvest at Christmas...mistletoe on a mature lime tree...of course you could cut out the middle man and stand under it during the festive season hoping to get lucky...!





foxglove...showing the same amount of adaptability as the nettle earlier..growing out of a fallen tree...

A few shoots during the week yielded these...




tree buds...





cherry blossom...




cow parsley...




white sweet violet...




frog's spawn...




germander speedwell...




great crested grebe - my favourite image of the week... this is the female of a pair I watch on my local patch...they aren't always so confiding but on this morning the light was spot on and they stayed close for a while...





great horsetail...looking like it did millions of years ago...primeval...





wolf spider hunting on our sun-drenched wall...(not long before it became rain-drenched...)





sweet violet...blue form...






sweat bee...





white dead-nettle...

The latter half of the week was spent suffering from a cold...as was Quinn so child care took the place of shooting time...however, the other half of my DIY Lepp bracket arrived - so if you look at last weeks blog you will see the make shift macro set up - this week it looks like this...





So what we have here is a Nikon D2X + Tokina 100mm f2.8 AT-X Pro macro lens; coupled with 2 Nikon SK7 flash brackets holding a Nikon SB700 speedlight and a Nikon SB600 speedlight - both controlled by the IR unit mounted on the cameras hot-shoe. The output of the individual flash guns can be set from this unit allowing for different lighting effects...

The results are pleasing...with much more even light...











...and the biggest advantage is that with all that light so close to the subject I can shoot at small apertures and therefore increase the depth of field...making the pictures sharper...

I have continued to submit to Dreamstime where my portfolio has just gone over 1000 images...lets grow from there...and of course Facebook continues to be updated everyday as does Flickr - keep your eyes on those pages should you wish to see day to day images...

Some very distressing news on Friday has left me numb - I hope the rest of you have a good week however...

TTFN