Tuesday, May 31, 2011

31/52 - In the drink... again

In the Drink...again
In the drink...again

Here's another shot I was experimenting with last weekend. I got the idea for this shot when I came across some unused golf balls at home. I didn't have a fish tank to use for the shoot so opted for a rectangular vase instead. This was a two light setup but I would have liked to use a third light fired through a get to light the background and make it a bit more interesting.

Setup shot after the jump.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot - Alisterus scapularis

The male Australian King Parrot is the only parrot with a completely red heard. During mating season their habitat is limited to heavier coastal and mountain forests on the south east coast of Australia. Once they have nested, king parrots will frequent farms, parks and even gardens in the area.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

30/52 - Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Its Pomegranate season so I thought I'd use one for this weeks shot. I'm not too sure about the composition for this one and would like to get your feedback on it. I thought of including a few of the seed casings in the fore ground to add another layer of interest to the composition and the Pomegranate itself to the top right hand corner to fill up the empty space.

Lighting setup inside.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Satin Bower Bird

Female Satin Bowerbird - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
Female Satin Bowerbird - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

The Satin Bowerbird is the best know of Australia's Bowebirds and can be found along the coast of New South Wales and Southern Queensland. I had seen the male in the Royal National Park on a number of occasions (record shot inside) but hadn't been able to see the female until recently. Due to its size and calls, it is relatively easy to identify as it draws attention to itself. I was able to tick off the female Bowerbird on our trip to the Barrington tops. A number of females Bowerbirds frequented the area near where we stayed and provided me with a number of opportunities to photograph them.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

29/52 - Spaghetti from Above

Spaghetti from Above
Spaghetti from Above

This weeks entry for the project is quite literally, Spaghetti from above. I saw a similar photograph on flickr sometime ago and really liked the way the Spaghetti seemed to be shooting out at you from the black center. It sort of looked like a long exposure shot of fireworks to be honest.

Lighting setup shots and details after the jump.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yellow Admiral

Yellow Admiral - Vanessa itea
Yellow Admiral - Vanessa itea

While we were up at Barrington Tops I managed to photograph a number of species of butterfly. The Yellow Admiral, also known as the Australia Admiral, was probably one of the more colourful butterflies I saw on this particular trip (I'll upload the other species over the next few weeks).  They are native to Australia, New Zealand and the Norfolk Islands.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

28/52 - Oreos... Dunk or Lick??

Oreos - Dunk or Lick??

I wanted to take a photograph that actually highlighted the texture on the face of an Oreo for this weeks entry. To be honest I'm not thrilled about this shot. The glass of milk isn't too obvious as only a small part of it is visible. I didn't want to zoom out as that would have resulted in the cookie being small and less dominant in the frame. The only reason I included the glass of milk is because I thought it balanced the image. Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Lighting setup inside.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella - Platycercus elegans
Crimson Rosella - Platycercus elegans

The Crimson Rosella, although relatively common, has not been the easiest bird for me to photograph. I had seen them on a number of occasions along the east coast of Australia but hadn't been able to get a clear shot. I found a few of them around where we stayed in the Barrington Tops and was finally able to get some unobstructed photographs of these birds.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

27/52 - Coke

Coke
Coke

I decided to use a can of Coke as this week's entry for the project. I wanted the shot to have a cold feel to it and had visualised the final image fairly quickly. Lighting it was a whole different ball game. I didn't want to photoshop the final image to alter the colours but wanted the ice cubes to be a very specific blue. 

Lighting setup shot and info after the jump.
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