Another year done and alas not one as full of photography as I would have liked. However Jim Goldstein is once again running his “Your Best Photos” blog project and I do have a few I’m happy with.
The one above is a Golden Stag Beetle that flew onto our balcony just a few days before the end of the year. Was very co-operative with the camera although the iridescence turned out to be trickier to capture than I thought it would be.
New year, new lens. In 2014 I decided to get myself a circular fisheye lens as I’ve always wanted one. The Sigma 8mm fisheye lens was reasonably cheap and has been a steep learning curve. This shot was an early one of a domed walkway area in the Block Arcade, Melbourne.
The next three shots were from a failed attempt at a photo365 in 2014. I just didn’t have it in me to do it and will be looking for some other challenge this year which I can hopefully work around my life which is some flux at present.
Fun little shot with some LEGO bits and pieces that turned out better than I expected.
A yarn bombed set of iron rods I found in one the many alley ways in the Melbourne CBD.
A macro shot of a masquerade mask with narrow depth of field that bokeh’d rather nicely.
Towards the end of the year I was fortunate enough to get enough time and spare cash together to head to Queenstown, New Zealand for Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk which was a fair bit of fun. The first of my two favourite from that trip was surprisingly not from my DSLR but rather my phone:
And the other was of a plant making its way through the pebble beach on the lakes edge.
A few other shots from the year. First up a wasp resting on a leaf.
A shot using a ring flash from my last photowalk of the year. I’m very pleased with how the detail of the insect came out.
And finally a shot from a lucky little walk I took on a whim where I happened to arrive in the gardens with frost still on the ground allowing for a really fun series of shots.
This post is part of the very excellent ‘Your Best Photos From 2012” blog project run by Jim M. Goldstein, a very worthy project to be involved in to get your photos seen and also to see amazing photos from other photographers from around the world. This show cases some of the ones I feel are my best for the year of 2012.
The one above is by far one of the best macro shots I’ve ever managed to take out in the world. A confluence of luck, timing and strategy all came together to make this one happen. The bright blue background was not added in post but rather is a piece of blue card held behind the insect as it rested on the wire.
2012 was a big year for me photographically. Half way through I finally bit the bullet and switched from Olympus to Canon – a very painful and expensive change but unfortunately the Olympus love affair with very small cameras left me without an upgrade path (the otherwise very technically excellent OM-D EM-5 is too small for me to hold comfortably).
Part of the switch was going to a full frame sensor (Canon 5D Mark 3) and I’m still going through the exceptionally large learning curve with this. As a result of this and a few other life changes it feels like I’ve taken less photos this year or at least I’m being far more fussy about which ones I’m willing to share.
This was a fun long exposure shot of the Santos City Of Lights event during the Brisbane Festival.
This is a macro shot of a White Crab Spider waiting for an unwitting victim to come along.
I had a fun time capturing macro shots of a plasmaball in the dark and using them to learn more about post processing in Adobe Lightroom.
A silhouette shot of the Brisbane city skyline at dusk that happened almost entirely by accident.
A mayfly that posed beautifully for the camera.
I did a really fun series of LEGO minifigs in the fog shots using dry ice. This is by far my favourite one so far.
The sky turns into a gorgeous burning pit of roiling clouds.
The shed skin of a huntsman spider sites serenely in a bright orange flower.
Finally a macro shot of a tiny insect taken using a new technique using a portable softbox and turned out better than I could have hoped.
A few weeks ago my beloved Sigma 150mm macro lens stopped working during a photo walk. The lens elements refused to move either to the AF motor or the manual focus ring. Aperture control still worked but it was now effectively a fixed focal point lens. Fortunately it is covered under warranty so off to be repaired it goes.
However I hear back it may take over a month to repair and in the meantime we are entering the best critter hunting time there is for this area of the world and I for one am unwilling to mix out on it. I opted to go for a mid range macro lens in the form of a Canon 10mm f/2.8 L macro which I had read many good reviews about.
Over the weekend I took it out for a test spin in the local gardens and got the following shots.