All Creatures Great and.... Small

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

One thing I love about still photography is, you can study the photo and really get into your subject .  In the beginning of my photography journey, I took photos of just about everything. I was trying to find out what type of photographer I was. ( Still Am ) LOL One of the more interesting subjects I found was small things close up. Something most humanoids don't do much. Look at the small things in life. There are all types and so many interesting shapes structure and colours. I didn't use any special macro or close up lens but tried to get close enough to really see the subject. Some are hand held ( hands out front ). Some are through the view finder or with a tripod. The point is, I just went out and tried to shoot photos using the basic, a camera and an 18 -55 mm or 70- 300mm  glass (lens).

In the above photo, I remember just being out in a field kneeling down and looking in the grass. I tried to get as close as possible without disturbing it. Look at the colour. The almost metallic green armour. The leg has small hairs that can help grab. I just find looking at these afterwards interesting and can pass time. Shot at 1/60 sec, f20, ISO200.

I distinctly remember the above photo. I was using my 70 -300mm glass and a Nikon body. I was out for the afternoon with a friend to shoot what ever wildlife we could find in the area. This was in Grimsby Ont. down by the lake. It was in a field with some overgrown brush. My friend had a mono pod and a killer canon zoom glass setup. Why I remember it is... the ticks. God if I had known. My friend wore shorts. I wore pants and afterward I found about five going up my pant leg. Occupational Hazard. The bee looks cool  with the wing movement, the legs ready to land. Notice the blur background. Those were flowers and grass. The bee could have been sharper but this was hand held. No tripod. Shot at 1/1600 sec, f5.6,  ISO400.

This spider above was through some bushes in a conservation field edge. I saw it but put the camera out  closer to frame it. Its wrapping something for later consumption. I love the Black and yellow on the body. The red or orange on its legs. Shot at 1/125 sec, f8, ISO200.

Tiger SwallowtailTiger Swallowtail

This Tiger Swallowtail I had to follow for a while. Its hard to capture a single butterfly fluttering around in a vast space. You can't just run after them. I thought I lost it and went around this pine tree and there it was. Beautiful colours and shape. shot at 1/16, f20, ISO 200.

Just a ToadJust a Toad

Just a Toad. I did what a friend suggested. Just go out there. No trail just go out in the bush and you will get something. I got a Toad. This guy posed for me as I was able to actually setup a tripod to take this shot. Hmmmm. My first portrait? Nah couldn't be. Could it? Really? Shot at 1/15, f16, ISO 1600 using 70-300mm glass.

This tree swallow I found at Christie Conservation. They have bird houses set up for them. You have to be careful as to not disturb them. They will attack you. They are quite small but can pack a punch when flying. One hit my Nikon 70-300mm glass hood as I was trying to shoot a photo of it Coming at me. This shot was with a tripod. I waited a bit and it came out. If you had a remote trigger it would be better but at this time I had not invested in one. But still I captured some pretty interesting subjects. Some people wonder where to I find this stuff. I say just look all around you. So if your just beginning your photo journey. Or, wondering what to shoot photo wise and bored. Just grab your camera get out side and think....

All Creatures Great and Small. 

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II   

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED