An important aspect of photography is about capturing light. A term which has been used quite frequently is “Golden Hours”. The photo of River Tern below was shot during the “Golden Hours”.
Guidance for “Golden Hours”
Golden Hours refer to time of the day so that the color of light is the best without harsh shadows or blown out details for the subjects. General rule about timing is morning 6:00 am to 8:00 am (can be extended if needed to 10:00 am) and evening timings from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm.
In the above image, the shot was taken at around 5 pm capturing the wonderful warm lighting effect with that golden effect.
I wanted to include some of the habitat in the frame also. The rock at the bottom is the nest for this family of River Tern.
The angle of sun light is about 4’o clock. The sun can be seen in the eye as reflection.
The color of foliage in the background also adds to the lighting effect of the whole frame captured.
As athletes push to limits when performing on an occasion like Olympics, technology has to catch up with expectations of audience and capture that moment which will create history. The London Olympics 2012 photography raises the bar of freezing the historic moments.
London Olympics 2012 Photography
Capturing moments of emotion, ecstasy, joy, cry are mostly digital done now. The high-speed action and momentary capture which will create headlines, the next morning are all captured in unique way with innovative ideas.
A sneak peek into the store house of Canon at London Olympics 2012 photography base will show the arsenal used by photographers to capture the moments. From technology angle, limits are being pushed by the athletes. Skills of the person behind the viewfinder are being treated to high-speed action. Camera manufacturers are also field testing a lot of their equipment like the Canon 200-400 IS with 1.4x TC.
Canon 7D firmware update announced with official confirmation.Yay!
Canon has made a Press release that it will be releasing a firmware update for its flagship APS-C camera. As a proud owner of 7D, I could not be happier specially with the slew of new features planned to be unlocked via this update.
This free update is expected to be live in August 2012.
Are carnivores always aggressive and gulping down meat from a kill?
If you have not thought, it is a tree climbing lioness! Think again! The lions of Manyara and Serengeti are the only known tree climbing lion species. Lion is from the cat family which cannot climb trees except for these special ones found in this region.
“Tree climbing Lion” framing guidance
It is good to show something in the frame which helps educate people about nature and make them think about the animal behavior, its habitat or surroundings.
The frame should help project the animal in its elegance. In this case the king of Jungle is sitting on a tree branch with no obstructions to help him overlook his territory.
The blue color adds to the relaxed frame setting with Lion showing no signs of aggression.
The lion tail hanging from tree branch just adds to the relaxed and calm frame instead of reflecting the aggressive nature of this cat species.
The creative waterflow effect below achieved using slow shutter speed can be applied to various situations to generate trails of stars, car lights, light painting and many more. One example of using slow shutter is to create a silky smooth water flowing effect which is shown below.
“Creative waterflow effect” Guidance
The shutter speed of 0.4 seconds led to silky smooth flowing effect of water in this man-made display. The time of the day was around 6:00 pm with enough light. To ensure that the shutter speed is slow enough, I had to close the aperture opening to f/22.
This is not the ideal settings as the image sharpness is compromised.
Ideally there should be a Neutral Density (ND) filter used which will cut off the light entering the lens ensuring long shutter openings with narrow apertures of f/9, f/11 so on.
On April 23, 2012 Adobe Systems Inc announced the launch of CS6 (Creative Suite version 6) release of their flagship products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver and many more. Apart from these applications which have made digital graphic unimaginable and limited only by the creativity of artists.
Another historical shift with this release is the launch of Adobe Creative Cloud. This breaks the barrier of using Adobe software without draining your wallet. You can rent these softwares for $49 a month. This amount is not limited to the above 4 applications but a whole set of 24 applications.
NatureLounge.in had launched its Beanie, bean bag for camera support, some time back. The Beanie provides photographers with the much-needed support while they capture shots with heavy lenses mounted on their cameras. It is really helpful in cases where tripod cannot be mounted like your car/jeep door/window. Just mount your lens on the camera, support it using the Beanie and off you go clicking.
“Bean Bag for Camera” : Product Features:
Empty weight is 150gm (We do not ship them filled)
Dimensions (Length:7in Breadth:6in Height:10in)
One size fits all (400mm/500mm/600mm and zoom lenses)
Tried and tested across rugged terrains of India and Africa
Camouflage color with nature print
Soft surface to prevent your camera from scratches and damages
Place it upside down and shoot with extra 3 sided support
Sturdy and comfortable handles make it easy to carry
Double zipper to prevent the filling from coming out
Velcro based leg locks to prevent any bag movement
APPEAL to all photographers to please be careful when capturing the shots and moments of critically endangered Great Indian Bustard. The forest department has restricted the movement of people in the Naliya grasslands, Kutch district.
This move is an attempt to conserve this species from extinction. Un-ethical ways of photographing these birds in their habitat seems to have led to this restriction. Some times people get over enthusiastic of seeing something which has been declared critically endangered.
The birds breeding season spans from April to October.
This guidance of restricted movement is part of Great Indian Bustard Recovery Programme from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) through the Deputy conservator of forests, Kutch (West) division, P A Vihol.
Any person found violating the guidelines shall be prosecuted under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. This is a deterrent for people (including photographers) to leave the birds alone specially during their nesting/breeding time.
Lets hope, with some less selfishness, that we can see this heavy bird found only in the sub-continental region remove the endangered tag from it.