First, a big plee for you to keep sending in your submissions, and encourage your friends/family to send us theirs email@example.com. Still finding us a little bit short so I will continue to fill the gaps to ensure we have a new photo every day. Every submission will be entered into our competition to win an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1.
This penguin photo was taken in Calgary Zoo, Canada on a recent trip (you can see the rest of my photos on facebook). It was a tricky shot to get; the longest lens I had was 85mm and the penguins were indoors lit pretty poorly. Fortunately the 5D Mark III performs really well in low light- i pushed the ISO up to 3,200 with still no visible noise.
Now the weather is starting to pickup a bit back home here in the UK, hopefully i’ll pay the local zoo a visit soon and get some more!
An iconic shot from Thomas. I wish I had a little camera to carry around with me at all times (I too do a lot of travelling). I tried it in the past and got frustrated at the lower quality and lack of manual control- but maybe things have come a long way since then… Anyway- please checkout Tom’s blog: www.thomaspeck.wordpress.com and website: www.thomaspeckphotography.com
I used to travel a lot for work. Mostly this meant flying in to a city, going to the meeting, then the hotel, then flying out again. Interesting places, with no time to look around. But I always took my G11, and occasionally I managed to grab an hour to wander. This was one of those occasions. The hotel was in Versailles. I didn’t have time to visit the Palace, but got into the gardens instead. It was a lovely late summer afternoon, and the light made the avenues of trees glow. A quintessential French moment.
This was a grab shot which I then converted to b/w using Silver Efex Pro. A tweak on contrast and that’s pretty much it.
We were out driving on the Serengeti when our driver guide spotted lions in the grass. We stopped to look at them and then saw them climbing the tree and started shooting!
We knew lions climbed trees in Manyara, but had not even seen a lion when we there, let alone ones climbing trees. So to see them in the Serengeti was something special.
I had only taken up photography after going on safari to Kenya in 2010 but this time I had a new DSLR and hired a zoom lens – a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM – just for the trip, and that was what I was using on the day.
I sold my only telephoto lens recently, but shots like this always make me want to buy another one! What makes this particular shot even more spectacular- it was taken by Adam, aged 11. We recently featured a photo from his grandmother Helen: http://www.photobotos.com/a-tribute-to-texas/ recently and she submitted this on his behalf.
This is a picture of a Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk stalking our bird feeder. My grandson Adam took the picture using my Canon 7D, f11, 1/250, using a Tamron 18-270 lens at 270mm. He saw the hawk from the kitchen window and crept along the fence line until he was close enough to get this shot, along with several others just as good. He took this in December here in Willow Park, TX, while visiting here for Christmas, with his family. He enjoys photography and has a Kodak digital camera that he uses. He is 11 years old. We frequently have the Cooper’s hawks here because they prey on small birds, but I’ve never gotten a shot quite like this one.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park in southern CA. This dragonfly would not co-operate. It could not be approached from above or eye level, as it would fly off every time I got close. So I started by laying on my back and photographing it from about 3 feet below, SLOOOWLY raising my arm and pushing the shutter. Mostly, I was getting photos of blue sky, a piece of a blurry dragonfly, or just the branch. I couldn’t reach the tip of the branch that way. So I started to raise myself up on one arm, like a yoga-plank pose, one arm anchoring me, the other reaching up towards the sky, my body diagonal to the ground, my right hand only a few inches from the dragonfly. It took about 10-12 shots before I got this one.
I’m currently on holiday in Canada. I had hoped to take a few days off from the site but submissions have been quiet, I decided to share this.
This is the view up Banff Ave in the evening. I couldn’t quite get the crop I was hoping for (I only decided to bring my 15mm fisheye and 85mm L), but you can still see a few of the mountains up top. The camera was tripod mounted and the timer was used to avoid any camera shake. I particularly like the star like appearance of the lights achieved by using a higher f/stop.