Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Surprise guests

I've been hearing some birds bicker outside the balcony for a few weeks but never bothered to check as I didn't really want to encourage the curiosity of the cats...

On Saturday I was out watering the cat grass when I spotted Shadow crouched really low and looking intensely at something...I glance across and there they were, a pair of beautiful rainbow lorikeets feasting on the nameless fruiting plant right outside my balcony! They were vibrantly coloured and the fruits they were feasting on were bright red which complemented their blue/green feathers beautifully.

I rushed inside to get my camera and moved quietly to the edge of the balcony trying not to scare the birds while I took the photos (although they looked very comfortable even in the presence of 2 cats staring at them). Below are some of the shots I took while there were still enough light.

These creatures sure know how to pose~ Although I hope they wipe their beaks after eating a bit more often :D

Hopefully I'll get to see them again this weekend ^_^

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Daliah Centre Crop

Out of all my photos I've taken during this month, the one I'm most pleased with is the daliah...

It is extremely difficult to keep the photos focused while using a macro lens without tripod...no matter how still you think you are, you will still see blurring in parts of the photo when you view it at 100% size on a big monitor.

The reason I love this photo is that it was really quite sharp even at 100% which is rare (most probably due to sheer luck)

Below is a centre crop of the same photo at 100%

Photos again

Although I've been inactive on the blog, I was still shooting photos as much as I could. We've had a few rainy and windy days in Sydney right after Easter holiday and photo shooting was made quite difficult.

Even though I had a few lucky days where I managed to capture a small dragonfly and a few nice shots of the daliahs, most of the photos from my visits didn't turn out too great to make the blog cut...

I finally managed to pull out 5 photos that I'm reasonably happy with for a few reasons and here they are ^_^