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.
We featured Mark last month with his lovely shot taken by trees. Here’s another, with equally brilliant use of natural light. Quite often a single aspect of a photo seals it for me, but in this instance the sky, reflection in the water, long shadow and interesting angle all add tons of character. Please take a moment to checkout his website: http://www.markhawkinsphotography.com/
It’s both a blessing and a curse for any photography-addicts when you happen into a new place with some incredible ‘magic-hour’ light. This is because you tend to binge on the angles, the lines, the novel architecture and perspectives and shadows – even if it’s just within a radius of a hundred yards.
So one Friday evening at Swansea Marina, I had explored part of the area before, but clearly not all, not this part. The bridge offered itself so obviously it was impossible to resist. The dipping light was gorgeously kissing the water, the lines and perspectives were fierce, sharp and long; even a peripheral construction partition nearby had a certain charm about it.
The curse comes upon editing, at the desk, when you realise you’ve taken so many and you should delete quite a few, even though you quite like a fair few too. Once edited to your satisfaction – an enormous task in itself, you have to try and decide what’s shareable and what’s not, without being boring, what will have broadish appeal, what is not over-arty or weird or just not as good as you thought at the time.
That can be quite a lot of work.
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My name is Michael Kriegh. I am a self trained photographer. I shoot almost daily.
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50mm Macro lens. It has been edited in Lightroom to enhance detail, drop out the background, which I have done by a strong vignette, -100 black, -100 shadow. Other tweaks and adjustments as well. I love to isolate blossoms this way and have done a bunch in b&w and now color.