Monday, October 6, 2014

Huge Dragonfly

400mm  f/7.1  1/500sec  ISO400
In this year's Spring season I spent some days at a friend's yard. I really like to go there because there are always interesting scenes to photograph. On one sunny evening I again was hunting for subjects. First I found lots of bees at a group of strange plants. I already shared photos of that earlier this year. When I moved on I came to an area with some apple trees. At one branch I suddenly spotted this huge dragonfly taking a bath in the evening sun. I usually know them small and colorful, but this one was really huge and not so full of colors.

400mm  f/8  1/500sec  ISO400
When I started pressing the release button of my camera and taking some first shots, the dragonfly turned a bit. I suppose it noticed me taking pictures of it and it wanted to show me the amazing pattern in it's wings. Unfortunately the lower right wing seems heavily damaged. Maybe the result of a fight? These insects are really ugly when magnified that much, but also quite interesting. Did you noticed all the hair at the belly? And is that a sting at the very end? After a few more shots the dragonfly decided to fly away and look for a more silent place.

I took the photo with my EOS 500D and my EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. To stabilize myself and reduce camera shake I was sitting on ground resting my arm onto my knee. The camera was set into P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. ISO was at fixed value of 400. To control auto focus I switch it into single spot metering.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunbathing Butterfly

Some weeks ago during a walk I detected this butterfly between the leafs of a cherry tree. Fortunately I had my camera with me. The butterfly was resting there on that leaf nearly motionless. From time to time it lifted it wings but only to lower them down again soon. I suppose it was getting some warmth in the sun because it was the first sunny day after a long period with cold temperatures and constant rain. Luck for me, I had plenty of time taking photos of this beauty.

400mm  f/8  1/500sec  ISO400
I have taken the photo with my EOS 500D and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L zoom lens mounted to it. Camera was set into P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. ISO was at a fixed value of 400 which results in higher values calculated for aperture and shutter speed on this sunny day. To control auto focus I switched it into single point metering. I took the photo hand-held.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gecko

Some weeks ago I again spent some time in the area where I took my recently published photos of a little gecko. This time I was on walk when I spotted a gecko sunbathing on a small wall. I slowly went a bit closer and took my backpack off my back. I was hoping that it stays there while I was getting my large zoom lens out of my backpack. Luckily it stayed. I prepared the camera and took some shots. It was the first sunny day after a long time of constant rain. So the gecko was pressing its body down onto the warm stone to get some heat.

400mm  f/8  1/500sec  ISO400

400mm  f/8  1/500sec  ISO400
I slowly went even closer to get a more detailed shot. This time it was a different species as it was last time. The gecko had a mostly green body and a gray head. It also was larger than the former gecko. Look at his feet with this long and sharp claws. When magnified that much it looks quite impressive. I again went even more closer to force the gecko moving and changing position. My aim was to catch it in another pose. The gecko must have felt uncomfortable now and escaped the scene. I didn't mind, because I got my shots.

The photos were taken with an EOS 500D and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L zoom lens. The camera was set into P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. ISO was at fixed value of 400 to get higher values calculated for aperture and shutter speed. I took the photos hand-held while sitting on ground resting my arm on my knee to reduce camera shaking.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cruise Ships

My next vacation will be a Cruise again. So I thought it might be suitable to present some Cruise Ships in this month's gallery. With some of these vessels I was travelling on former cruises. Others were passing by on open sea or in harbors or bays. There are larger ones with several thousand passengers, but I prefer the smaller ships with only some hundred guests. Please, enjoy this month's collection of gigantic and elegant floating hotels.