August 2013

Insect photography – challenging but often rewarding too!

Taking photographs of insects is often a tricky proposition. These skittish little creatures always seems to land where you can’t get a clear shot or just too far away to get a close enough composition (unless you like taking walks with an enormous telephoto lens). The key I have found and the only recipe for any success is patients. You need to keep your eyes open, track them and move slowly into position once they land (for flying insects like dragonflies). The other thing you need to do is have your camera settings set up before hand as they don’t generally stay in one position for too long. I either shoot on manual or aperture priority with spot metering for focus. To try and get the best shot I usually take a shot, move closer and take another and so on so I don’t completely miss a shot. The closer I get the better but I always have a shot, albeit maybe from further away than I want, that I can crop if need be.

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Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

Milky way by Scott Hill PhotographyLast night was a late one. Despite the weather, I along with a few other photographers, ventured out to attempt to get a few pictures of the night sky. Luck was on our side and the sky was incredibly clear. Relatively little light pollution made it difficult to focus but the beauty of the stars made it a worth while trip. If you would like to try this I would highly recommend it. Find an area away from the city, it will be dark so take a light and learn your camera controls before hand, with a clear view of the sky ( a field works great ). The key is to focus your lens to infinity and make sure to use manual settings so you can control exposure. These images were take at ISO 3200 and approximately 15-25 seconds at f3.5. If the first image doesn’t look great, make adjustments to your exposure and take another. Don’t forget to enjoy the sky. Without light pollution it is entirely different. Instead of seeing a few stars, like in the city, you see a thousand times more. The detail you could see in the sky is what amazed me. Anyways, in this post is a pictures of the milky way. Enjoy.

 BTW -Watch out for mist on your lens as the air cools. Because of the low light it can be hard to detect and you may be disappointed when you get home and find your images appear blurry and out of focus.