Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
The climate in Arizona is conducive to the growth of cacti, and the Phoenix Botanical Gardens have a great variety of them. I found that a good way of highlighting the needles on cacti is by photographing them when they are back-lit, preferably against the sky for a plain background. That kind of light exists in the morning or evening with the low angle of the sun at those times of the day. Metering is tricky, but measuring the brightness of the needles with a spot meter and placing the measurement on zone 7 or so is just about right. (Thanks, Ansel.)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Here are Daryl and Darryl bathing like a couple of little maniacs. They love the bath! You should see the video which is even more amusing. I combined ambient light with bounced flash (to freeze the action somewhat), with the addition of one of those fluorescent "day" light bulbs without a reflector--and almost touching the lens--for fill.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Some of the hummingbirds were not so skittish--usually the ones without the bright colors. I was able to make several photos of this one and had to deliberately move so that he/she would go and make room for a more colorful bird like the ruby-throated one.
I visited some hummingbirds in Phoenix, Arizona this morning. They are surely fast fliers and without a flash it would be impossible to even see their wings while they are hovering. I put a folding bounce diffuser onto my Vivitar flash on camera, and used the sky as a background. I seem to have got the flash exposure (aperture) and ambient light exposure (aperture and shutter speed, F-11@1/100 sec.) just right on this sunny morning at 8:45 am.