Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Taylor River

I hiked the Taylor River trail as far as Big Creek Falls with these two lovely ladies a few weeks ago.

I had hiked the same trail in November before the snow started, and ended up with this shot of Otter Falls. The lake that it pours into is Lipsy Lake. I had wanted to return in spring to get some shots of the falls in higher flow, and also for the spring foliage and wild flowers.
On the first trip, the sky was overcast and the quality of the light was very soft and diffused. It made waterfall photography very easy. The second time, the weather was great for hiking; the sky was clear and blue. The light was harsher though, so it wasn't as good for waterfall photography the second time around.
So instead I photographed mainly wildflowers and my companions. :)
Here is a trillium:

I photographed this with my 105mm VR micro lens with a Nikon 2x teleconverter. I used my RRS focusing rail, and a reflector to balance the light out a bit.

I am not sure what this berry is, but I liked its look and the background.

And this is Otter Falls in spring, photographed with my Sigma DP-1.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

You don't need exotic places

To find interesting subjects. I found this spider perched on a flower right outside my front door while I was unloading my gear from my car, so I took a few minutes out to photograph it, while my cat Calypso kept calling me from inside. She loves attention and does not like to be denied :)
I used my d80 with the Nikon 105mm VR micro and a Nikon 2x teleconverter. I held my reflector above the spider and aimed my flash into it to light the spider.
If anyone reading this can help identify this spider, I would appreciate it. I'm certainly not an expert at identifying arachnids, but I would like to learn!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tiger Lily

On a recent trip to the Quniault National Forest on the Olympic Penninsula, I found several of these tiger lillies in bloom. Naturally, I stopped to photograph them.

For this one I used a Nikon 105mm VR macro lens with a 2x teleconverter. I had one of my fellow hikers hold my reflector with the silver side facing the flower, and aimed my flash into the reflector, with the flash's secondary emitter enabled.

The dark background is a result of using a fairly high shutter speed because I was hand-holding the camera, and the background was in shadow. I usually prefer to record some of the background along with the subject to give it context, but sometimes the black background works, because it allows the viewer to see the subject with no distractions.