Not a Spoonbill…

27 July 2014

I got a Facebook message today from a friend and fellow photographer that the royal spoonbills were back in our local pond. As yet I’ve not managed to happen upon these occasional visitors, so grabbed the camera, monopod and gumboots and tore out the door… only to arrive at said pond to be greeted by another similarly equipped photographer’s: “They just took off when I got here!”

Drat!

But the consolation prize was our friend the kotuku.  I’m not used to a monopod, and seem to have a very shaky hand, so, despite the high ISO (1000-1250) and shutter speeds of anywhere between 1/800 to 1/5000 depending on the light, I still managed to ruin a large number of attempts by wiggling!

This shot was OK after recovering the highlights in Photoshop.  More later.

For some great shots of the spoonbills, visit Lynn’s Serendipity Photography Facebook page.

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And here’s a quick edit of another one.

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Melbourne

19 July 2014
Killing an hour before hotel pick-up from Christchurch after my first Australian overnight–in Melbourne. Arriving at midnight, we did at least have all of the next day to explore before flying out at 6.15 pm. It was a cold day (8 degrees Celsius at its warmest!), but I went for a short walk with the camera, and then had a little play in Snapseed.

The Hilton on the Park looks right out at the MCG.

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The cup on the chair was in the hotel room. The light was just lovely, and I just couldn’t resist!

Roman Lily

17 July 2014

Preparing for the upcoming Creative Focus competition…

A Roman road runs through a lily.

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Planet Onion

14 July 2014

Finally finished my A320 type rating and line training.

Got the camera out a couple of days ago… and had to remember how to use it!

Cold, rainy and generally inhospitable outside, so turned the lens on what just happened to be hanging around in the kitchen: the humble onion.

All of the movement and exposure is done in camera — long exposures and some zooming in and out.

 

On Better Behaviour

25 April 2014

Moustache, when she’s not drinking out of the toilet, is actually all sweetness and light…

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Wedding Anniversary

25 April 2014

Recently we celebrated our wedding anniversary. My wonderful husband turned up with a dozen exquisite long-stemmed red roses.

The camera came out…

Eclipse

17 April 2014

I was looking forward to the lunar eclipse on April 15th, but the weather foiled any plan to get a tidy sequence of shots of the whole process. For the very vast majority of the eclipse the moon was hidden from view behind cloud. Dammit!

I managed to get some shots with my new Canon 70D, but all appear quite grainy. However, I have to say that the expanded ISO range (up to 12,500!) helped to get shutter speeds fast enough in the very dim light.

Having very little idea what I was doing, I experimented with exposures–hence the variety of light levels in the below.

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The eclipse ends…

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