DADDY LONG LEGS

My next photo comes in the form of a Daddy Long Leg (Or Dicranopalpus caudatus if you want to get technical.
You’ve probably seen it a couple of times if you’ve visited my blog as it makes up the imagery for my logo and my general blog posts.

This was another opportunity to test the close-up ability of my new Panasonic Lumix with Its macro function, combined with the 12 – 60mm lens packaged in with camera.

I opted for the black and white once again as the colours of the daddy long leg were very subtle against the off-white background.
This would allow for the texture of the wall come through as well as intensifying the blacks from the daddy long leg itself.

The camera performed really well and the daddy long leg even more so.
Sitting very still with its legs outstretched and perfectly straight along with the pincer like talons reaching downwards.
The legs being cut out of the image give a real sense of size, especially when compared with the tiny body

This one was hanging around on a wall outside our old apartment in Henke Court, Cardiff Bay.
The apartment building was a haven for these and other 8 legged mini-beasts so we regularly had to have a glass and beer mat at the ready….

I say we – More like I’d get my wife to collect and get rid of them as they make me far to uneasy and uncomfortable.

WHITE-HAIRED CAPUCHIN MONKEY

Another one from the archives when I was still going around with my Canon EOS 350D along with a Sigma 70 Р200mm lens.  The lens worked absolute wonders for nature photography of this kind and was perfectly affordable too.

We visited London zoo where they had a variety of monkeys of all shapes, sizes and colours.
This rather photogenic little fella just climbed the tree and just sat there, gripping the tree whilst taking a look all around.

I didn’t have long to work with the subject so had to compose the shot and get the focus arranged before it moved off.
With some more greenery in the background or a slight variation on the colour, the monkey would have stood out a little more.
I’m still really pleased with this photo mind, it’s one that I like to show again and again.

It reminds me why I need to get a telephoto lens for my current camera – Funds pending!

HOVERFLY ON A THISTLE

Back before I moved from Cardiff to Barry, I treated myself to a whole new camera to mark my return to the world of photography – Forgetting just how much work and stress the process of sorting a house was.

During this time, my wife and I went for a walk along the canals linking Cardiff Bay and the centre of Cardiff where we see copious amounts of wildlife including dragonflies, Bees, butterflies and more.

With the intense sun beating down, we were treated to the appearance of a hornet hoverfly.
I was a little unsure how close to get to the thing initially, but it was so chilled on the thistle plant and it didn’t look too dangerous, I zoomed right in and got this photo.

Making use of the cameras intense colour functionality to make the colour of the thistle stand out as well as the dark orange & black of the hoverflies body really standout.
Somme macro based blurring of the background ensured the background was blurred so that you are naturally drawn to the thistle and the wildlife.

This was a chance shot with my 12 – 60mm lens zoomed right in as well as me getting ultra close to the action.

CLIMBING IVY

Climbing Ivy is a real play on composition and texture.

Whilst this photograph would have worked really well as a black & white piece, you still get plenty of texture and depth with the natural colour of the wood along with the climbing ivy.

This photo was taken at East Bute Dock just off from the Central Link in Cardiff Bay, prior to us moving into Barry.
There are a number of trees and ivy growths that protect the apartments and offices from the noise of the traffic.

ROOTS

I took this photo as a means of trying out a little black & white photography as well as going for a little abstract texture.

I really liked the way the roots of the tries tangled over and under each other, but it was the smoothness of the wood along with the roughness of the fur growing along the sides which made this interesting.

If I approached this subject again, I would intensify the the darkness by bring the lighting down a couple of stops to really see the definition.

That said, this was another photo from the my original collection.

PAINTED LADY IN THE SUMMER

Another Picture with my traditional Canon EOS 350D many years ago.

During a walk through Cooper’s Field in Cardiff, I came across this painted lady, sat among the vibrancy and the colour of the Summer flowers.

Zoom lens primed and ready, I took as many photos as I could before it eventually flew away.

HANGING ON

This photo was taken many years ago with my original Canon 350D on a visit to St Fagons’s Museum of Welsh Life.

It was a particularly windy day and I’d spent ages following this dragon fly around.
Finally it landed and in the split second it held onto the branch, I managed to take this photo.

Although the focus isnt perfect, I’m chuffed with how it came out and peoples reactions have been positive too.