Had a great day yesterday at the Lane Cove National Park with friends who have recently emigrated from England, with whom I regularly enjoy most Wednesdays exploring Sydney and it's surrounds, taking photos and discussing our intentions for taking the image, our methods and results. As we each have an interest in nature photography, it was a good opportunity for us to share the experience of some of Australia's wildlife and, as always, it was a lovely day out despite the overcast sky.
As well as the usual Kookaburras, Black Ducks, etc., I had the opportunity to photograph a creature I have not seen very often before, the Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) which were abundant along the river edge. I also took the opportunity to experiment with techniques gleaned from online research by doing comparisons shots with and without flash outdoors and was very impressed with the results when using flash. Not only for the better lighting but also the images appear to be sharper. It is a technique I shall be using more often in future.
Canon 7D, Sigma 80-400 Lens, 1/500s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, No Flash, Hand held.
I wanted an eye to eye angle with the Dragon in it's natural environment so got down on my belly, slowly crawling closer while clicking the shutter. I did not use flash so as not to disturb the creature and it let me get close enought to fill the frame for a few images before he quietly turned and headed back for cover.
Canon 7D, Sigma 80-400 Lens, 1/250s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, No Flash, Tripod.
Canon 7D, Sigma 80-400 Lens, 1/250s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, Flash, Tripod.
Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila)
Canon 7D, Sigma 80-400 Lens, 1/250s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, No Flash, Hand held.
As usual when doing nature photography, it was a relaxed, productive day, this time shared with friends.