I was in Tokyo this past week for some new work and was able to do some shooting during the weekend. Fortunately, I came across a couple trees that were in bloom with what I think are plum blossoms. An added bonus was all the birds that were flying and jumping around these trees sucking the nectar. When I saw this I stopped, pulled my camera out and changed to my Olympus 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 lens. I started taking pictures from about 50 feet away with the lens all the way to 150mm, but the birds were still too small. I started easing my way toward the trees, but all the birds took off to another tree. I continued to ease closer and then just stood there with my camera at eye level waiting for the birds to come back. After about 10 minutes they would slowly come back. Again, I kept the lens all the way at 150mm the whole time and started shooting with high speed continuous shooting to get several shots of the birds and catch the right one. I spent about an hour just hanging around this one tree waiting and trying to follow these birds who were jumping around very fast. This was a fun and difficult challenge and look forward to doing more of this type of shooting.
Went out for a sunset photoshoot, but the sunset was a bust. So I decided to try something a little bit different.
I decided to head out toward Maeda Point to get some sunset shots this past Sunday evening. I had a specific idea in mind, but unfortunately nothing was working in my favor this time around. I was hoping there would be a bird or something on this outcropping in the middle of this dock and it would line up nicely with the setting sun. Well no bird, and basically and very mediocre sunset. I went ahead and tried some different compositions, but it became clear this was not going to work out. Before the sun fully set, I started walking around the dock area to see if there were any other opportunities of shooting and saw these bushes with some fruit on them with Maeda Point in the background. I decided I would try some bokeh shots and see what I could get. As I was walking back to the car, I noticed these small pine trees and that Id give it a try and well. These are by no means portfolio worthy, but it's good to try different things every now and then.
Working on trying to get better with macro photography. The one thing I learned was a tripod is important to get clear photos of such minuscule subjects. Fortunately, the built-in stabilization on my Olympus OM-D camera is very good so I was able to get this in focus.
Super wide angle lens and shooting straight up in the air = interesting perspective
Decided since I already posted a couple butterfly photos a couple weeks ago, I would do something different with this one. Since I had its wings spread I really wanted to bring it full wing-span into focus. Even with the background blurred out, I wanted to do more to set it apart. Therefore, I converted it the B&W and then brought the color back in the butterfly and the two flowers under it. It's a pretty easy process once you know how.