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Pelican_Murray River_Victoria

Black and White photo of a pelican photographed with a telephoto lens

Canon 5D camera and Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L series IS USM lens with Canon 2X Extender_effective focal length 360mm_1/500 second @ f7.1

I was fortunate to be able to photograph this beautiful pelican on the marvelous Murray River in beautiful Mildura. It was a simple matter of setting the camera to a relatively fast shutter speed, balancing exposure and firing off a few shots as the bird swam past.

What a feeling to be so close to such a wonderful creature. Pelican’s are remarkable and their antics make them great fun to watch.

The textural qualities of the water and the bird’s black and white plumage determined that a black-and-white rendering was appropriate. I added a vignette around the outside edge of the frame to help lead the eye towards the pelican and enhance the feeling of light closer to the centre of the image.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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Kookaburra

 

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm L series USM lens Exposure Details: second @ f4 ISO 400

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm L series USM lens at 105mm Exposure Details: 1/200 second @ f4 ISO 200 with Fill Flash

Here’s the first of a few shots I’II post from a recent 2-day workshop in and around Melbourne, Victoria. The first day concentrated on working with natural and existing light with studio lighting dominating the second day. Day one was held in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne. The arrival of a local kookaburra provided some added fun for the group.

I was able to get up to about 2 meters away from our feathery friend. As two of the workshop participants were somewhat closer, I made sure I stayed back so they could get their shots. Nevertheless we were all able to make some pretty reasonable shots without scaring our subject, always a consideration when photographing wildlife.

As the subject was backlit I used a little fill flash to add a catch light in each of the bird’s eyes and reduce the contrast between the bird and  a much brighter background. 

Initial image processing was conducting in Adobe Lightroom 2 with a few final local touches added in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

Duck_Lorne_Great Ocean Road

 

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens

Here’s the second image from last Saturday’s Landscape Photography workshop I ran in and around Lorne on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. I was photographing reflections in the water when I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, this lovely duck swimming towards me. I made several shots until, when the duck was around 2 meters away, it veered away from me to continued feeding.

The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom where it was rendered into black-and-white. I also utilized Lightroom to add the TV screen like vignette. Adobe Photoshop CS3 was employed to add contrast and a subtle warm/cool split tone effect.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

Which Camera to Buy?

As technology brings discernable quality improvements, consumer expectations become higher. So, even if you’d like to hang onto your camera longer, as a professional photographer your customer base may not take you seriously if you’re using older equipment. It’s a fact that many professional photographers today buy the most expensive cameras they can, not just because they’re better than less expensive models, but also because they are perceived to be better by their customers. It is expected that professional photographers use the best equipment available.

Unfortunately, in some quarters, it can still be a big ask for a female photographer to be taken seriously. Imagine showing up at a wedding, as the professional photographer, with equipment no better than that owned by the groom or, for that matter, the driver of the bridal car! It shouldn’t matter, providing you can use what equipment you have well and have the necessary people handling, creative and technical skills. Sadly, professionalism is not just about knowledge and behaviour. It’s also about perception and knowing how to ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’. This is particularly important for the young, less experienced photographer. So, sadly, many aspiring photographers may feel the need for their kit to include equipment the customer doesn’t have, hasn’t seen before or can’t afford. It’s pathetic, but a reality for many working photographers!

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How Close Can You Get?

Wildlife photography is both challenging and demanding. Many of those that work professionally in the area tend to use the very best equipment, including fast telephoto lenses, powerful flash/strobe units and carbon-fibre tripods. In addition portable GPS units, quality boots and outdoor gear are required to get the photographer to the location and keep them there in a relatively safe and comfortable manner. Serious wildlife photographers often utilise a whole manner of hides and camoflague clothing to get them within range of their subject, without causing a change in their behaviour. It’s the fly on the wall, rather than a fly in the soup that you’re looking to become.

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