Spring has partially arrived though weather has been fairly changeable as always. Having been away for the past several weeks it was good to find these lilies doing well in a nearby pond. Subdued light and subtle tones in the flowers produced and excellent b&w result.
Below are a few images from another coastal foray including what appears to be a white pointer making its way along the rock face.
No doubt there will be some chilly mornings still to come but the plant life certainly knows the change of seasons. Making use of the Zeiss 120mm macro. An excellent portrait lens as well.
Not sure when this photo was taken. My grandfather was a sculptor - brought up in Russia until moving to Hungary I think in his late 20s (early last century). Had more talent than me. I would have liked to ask him about his development as an artist or even watch him as he worked. Alas... In his later years, after moving to Australia in the 50s he took to painting and knocked out some landscapes with oil as well as pencil drawings. I was a bit young to ask sensible questions while he was still alive. At least some of his work remains.
I was lucky to see this pair around the property this morning. In fact its been a couple of years since I have seen these cockatoos. They are native to the areas but not often sighted. They were together foraging on the local flora. I was able to get reasonably close - within a few metres without scaring them off. Both are crested but the male has the lairy hairdoo!
I almost forgot I had a macro lens. I'm not a macro specialist by any means, but I have seen some very excellent work, technically flawless, even if the subject matter wasn't my taste. You can see a range of techniques online that include reversing lenses and securing them with gaffer tape to home made macro lighting setups that do a great job. Hats off to the ingenuity of some very creative photographers. There's not much that hasn't been explored out there in the world of photography whether in methodology or subject matter. A designer friend of mine was mentioning the work of a German photographer from early last century. - Karl Blossfeldt. He put together his own camera and took photos that showed the natural patterns inherent in the structure of plants. Seen larger than life, macro shots impart something extra to objects often found around us that are mostly overlooked in our daily routines (isn't that what photography is about anyway?). Well despite being a blowy sort of day, not the best for macro shots where a still subject is usually required, I took the macro (Zeiss 120mm Planar on the Nikon D800) with a couple of extension tubes around the property where I'm staying. Below are a couple of colour and B&W images.