This article discusses the practical aspects of substituting foliage for birds when we are out with our cameras. In late October I was doing some field testing with our newly acquired M.Zuiko 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II zoom lens at Hendrie Valley. For much of my hike my feathered friends were simply not cooperating and nowhere to be found. So, substituting foliage for birds made sense.
For those of us who enjoy flower photography, remembering that less can be more is an important composition concept. The images in this article were captured during my Olympus Pro Loaner test period back in June 2019, using an M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
It was a beautiful sunny day here yesterday. So, I grabbed my camera gear fully intending to photograph some small birds at Hendrie Valley. I forgot it was Family Day in Ontario and the trails at Hendrie were jammed with young families. Switching to Plan B made a lot of sense so I headed back to the Royal Botanical Gardens main building.
Every time we pick up a camera, we have the opportunity to exercise our creative expression through photography. The subjects we choose. The lighting that attracts us. The lenses we use. The shooting angles that appeal to us. The camera settings we select. What we decide to do with our images in post. All of these factors help facilitate our creative expression through photography.
Achieving shallow depth of field is something that many folks want to do with their photographs. While some people may associate full frame cameras with shallow depth of field, it is also possible to achieve this with smaller sensor cameras. This article discusses some simple techniques that can be used when applying this creative approach to flower photography. All of the photographs in this article were captured with M4/3 camera equipment.
This article provides some tips when using a standard zoom lens for flower photography. All of the images in this article were captured by my wife during our recent trip to New Zealand. The photographs were taken hand-held with a Nikon 1 V3 and a 1 Nikkor 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 PD standard zoom lens. Continue reading Using a Standard Zoom Lens for Flower Photography
Like many folks I often venture out away from home to capture photographs of various plants and flowers. Recently I reminded myself that all I have to do is open the patio door to find some backyard beauty to photograph. Continue reading Backyard Beauty
As photographers we spend time considering how we want to compose an image. We often think about balance, leading lines, ‘rule of thirds’ and depth-of-field. Typically we associate aperture settings with depth-of-field. One of the factors we sometimes overlook is how lens focal length and depth-of-field are related. Continue reading Focal length and depth-of-field
Like many photographers I enjoy taking images of flowers and foliage. In many ways flowers are ‘equal opportunity’ subjects. Images can be captured using the simplest of gear like cellphones and point-and-shoot cameras, all the way up to quite complex rigs that include macro lenses, tripods, flashes, reflectors, and shutter releases. This article shares some sample Nikon flower photography captured with FX and CX gear. Continue reading Nikon flower photography with FX and CX
While on a recent holiday in Cuba I had the opportunity to capture some images of tropical flowers and foliage. I find that the grounds of a resort are often great places for this type of photography for a couple of reasons. Continue reading Tropical flowers and foliage in Cuba