Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Delicate Detail.....


Here's another photo that was shot a few years ago on film. I was asked the other day about one of my photos if I used a tripod. I use a tripod 95% of the time, I think it is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can own. The only time I don't use the tripod is when I'm in my kayak, it would be kind of inconvenient trying to set one up while I'm paddling. Last year I purchased an "image stabilizing" lens which comes in handy in the kayak. I do a lot of close ups and it's amost mandatory that a tripod be used, early in the morning the light is low and if you want to get a decent depth of field the shutter speeds can be in the 1/2 second to 1 second range. At those speeds you definitely don't want to be hand holding unless blurry photos are what you want for a result. Yes, in case regular readers are wondering, on the photo above I did use my foil fill lighting technique.

7 comments:

kjpweb said...

Very good closeup - love the dew on them! Great work!
Cheers, Klaus

Eve said...

Beautiful John! Using that foil is really a great trick!
Ok I've got my Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies out but not having much luck! So are you an expert on Odonates???? I'm hoping to get some green darners in my pond soon!

The Birdlady said...

AMAZING!

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful as usual John. Using the foil technique on dragonflies wouldn't be real easy.. thanks for sharing

Mary said...

Lovely photo....the water glistening on it is terrific!

Kathryn and Ari said...

Hi, John-
I've been really curious about image stablizers, so I'm glad to hear you mention them. As much as I love my digital camera, I still haven't figured out a way to get a close-up I'm very happy with. Maybe I'm a luddite about technology, but it seems like my old 35 mm will always do a better job. Probably, I just need to sit down and actually READ the owner's manual that came with the digital camera.

2sweetnsaxy said...

The detail on these is amazing. Look at what must be itsy bitsy drops of water on the wings and legs.