segunda-feira, 25 de julho de 2016

Lucky shot

I'd love to go to a place and try to spend some time trying to capture birds in flight. It is not easy when you have an entry level camera with slow autofocus and only 3fps. Knowing your gear is a must for sure. I have learnt to keep my ISO below 1600 but in a sunny day I set it to a maximu of 400. My shutter speed for birds in flight was at 1/2000 which is enough. Here is a lucky shot!



sexta-feira, 22 de julho de 2016

A Day using exclusively a 50mm lense

I have set myself a challenge today. I have been going to the beach before the sun comes out using mainly my 70-300mm as there are some boats and objects that are normally a bit far away from me. It's been interesting to observe the city waking up, some people walking here and there, lots personal trainers and their clients running and exercising very early in the morning. I do live in a beautiful city, my goodness! But today I want to use my Canon 50mm f1.8 only. I know I will go crazy the moment I see something interesting a bit distant from me but I will try no to change lenses no matter what. I want to focus on what this lense is capable of and it does produce some beautiful images when it focuses.

I am back! I have to say I am a bit tired as I was exposed to the sun for some hours but it was good. Being on the beach right now is pure madness in my opinion it is unbearably hot outside. No chance for me. I took some shots of the sunrise, the beach and so forth.

They must be used to having people around as I was very close and they didn't fly away.



quinta-feira, 30 de junho de 2016

A lucky Morning

The day started off pretty well for me. Made myself some coffee, and got myself ready to drive to the university campus. I wasn't sure if I would be able to get some bird shots as my maximum focal length is only 300mm. Of course that being on a crop sensor this focal range extends to approximately 450mm, which isn't bad by any means but of the the longer, the better.

I went straight away to the track and fiend camp. On arriving there I instantly realized I would have to get a lot closer to the birds if I did want to get some decent shots.

This was probably one of first shots I took. I wasn't happy with the distance. Although, the low ISO allowed me to do some cropping I just wanted to fill the frame. Went I tried to get a bit closer they flew away! How frustrating! To make matters worse, some black clouds blocked the sun temporarily.

So, I sat down for a while and waited to see of the would get any closer. No luck! Suddenly, I spotted some really interesting.....

A couple of owls. Two different holes on the ground. So, I patiently started to move very slowly so that they would know I wasn't a threat.

One of them flew away but the second one stayed put!

This owl seems quite big in the photo but it is so small! Just a bit bigger than my camera when seen vertically.

I am going back there tomorrow morning for sure and this time I plan to stay a lot longer just to check out the surroundings.




Continuing with my self-imposed challenge to publish a photo a day. It is not an easy task but it is such a pleasure to thumb throug some images I have taken so far. I quite like this picture to be honest.

I am about to leave to our university campus as I was told yesterday there is this little explored part of the campus which is great for bird photography. The sun hasn't even come out yet. Coffee is almost ready and then I will be ready to go.



quarta-feira, 29 de junho de 2016


I love fish! I have a huge fish tank and I am also building a small artificial lake in the garden. I think it will look great when finished. I also have two bowls around the living room. Anyway, with nothing to do in a wicked weather I took this B&W photo. I have challenged myself with, at least, a photo a day. Let's see how it goes. :)



domingo, 1 de maio de 2016




There aren't many places I can bank on every time I want to relax and photograph around here. Sure, we have plenty of beaches but I don't think it is a good idea to carry your gear around in the most remote beaches in the south part of the state. However, there's a very nice park which is just 10 minutes away, where you can safely spend some time and if you're patient enough, take some wonderful bird pictures. I haven't been patient enough to produce such images but I certainly will when I am on holidays in less than two months from now.

With a 75-300 mm lens you can definitely produce some great images. Finding the right spot would be very good too. Some bird food would be handy as well, but that riquires a lot of time or a longer zoom lens.