Pelican low key

My guide to capturing low key nature photographs

I recently made a trip down to Durban and had some time on a Saturday morning to get out to the Botanic Gardens, one of my favourite places to visit when I am in Durban (see the previous post on the other places to see when in Durban: I’m coming home…part 2 of 2).  It was a clear, sunny morning, creating light that lend itself perfectly to shooting, unlike most of my previous visits that were mostly cloudy and on one occasion raining.  The large patches of shade on the small pond created by the trees that surround it and shooting indoors in the orchid nursery allowed me to try my hand at some low key shots of the birds on the pond and some of the orchids, resulting in some of the pictures in this post.  I got a number of questions on how I achieved these dramatic shots and so I will try to explain some of the technique behind the photos. Continue reading “My guide to capturing low key nature photographs”

Making the most of lens filters

Before you get excited, this is not a post about the type of filters one would use on Instagram or any of the other social media sites.  I know, I know, they are marvelous and I also use many of them and have a few favourites as well (Hefe, Lo-fi, X-Pro) but this is actually a post about the lens filters that go on the end of my DSLR lenses.  If you are not already using them I am hoping this post will convince you why you should be using them and what the best use for the different filters is. Continue reading “Making the most of lens filters”

Hi, my name is Pranesh and I have an addiction…

My friend and mentor Herbert (see his blog here: Hearty Express)says I have a serious problem.  For a long time I resisted, but of late I have found it increasingly hard and find myself giving in a little too often for comfort. There are a few names for it; gear envy, equipment envy, getting caught in the technology upgrade cycle.  Whatever its called, I became totally hooked sometime last year and don’t see myself breaking free of its grip anytime soon. Continue reading “Hi, my name is Pranesh and I have an addiction…”