This is the water strider I mentioned.
These guys a quite small, walk on the surface of the water and can move very fast.
If you click through to the large version you will see that he’s crisply in focus and you can make out a lot of detail.
The most interesting bit is probably the way his legs touch the water.
If you look at the legs you will see that the creekbed in the area around his legs is distorted, this is because his legs distort the surface of the water.
Also if you look at his shadow you will see that the distorted water surface also casts a shadow causing blobs of shadow around his legs.
A little creek we passed. We stopped for a bit near here while I chased water bugs with the camera. Despite their small size and speed that turned out to be a remarkably successful exercise, the best of those shots will be in the next set 😛
The new camera has PASM modes which affords me much more control.
Unfortunately it still has a small sensor which means it also has a small aperture mechanism which translates into a very limited range of aperture options.
Still by closing up the aperture as much as I could and pushing the ISO right down I managed to get the exposure on this up to one second (glad I brought my tripod).
That one second exposure is what gives the water it’s nice hazy look.
For my most recent trip I acquired a new module for the camera, this has a fixed 50mm lens with an APS-C (much much larger) sensor. This provides far more options with regard to aperture letting me do both motion blurred water and selectively focused shots with easy. However I do find the lack of zoom restrictive.
Apparently Ricoh is working on an APS-C module with a ~4x zoom, I can’t wait to get my hands on that.
This fountain is at the north end of Hyde park.
It’s actually a bit of a nuisance to capture the flowing water on this one as the pool below the fountain has a bunch of comparatively bright lights around it. That’s what is causing the glow at the bottom.
I think I need to find water that is moving more, both these fountains consist of relatively stable beams of water, I suspect I want more spray.
I’m still not quite there with water and light. I know theres something there I want to show put I haven’t quite pinned down exactly what I want to show or how to capture it.
Still I’m reasonably happy with how this came out.
Amusingly I don’t actually remember exactly where this fountain is, I know it’s somewhere in the central city / hyde park / domain area, just not sure where.
Another instance of my fav sun over water combination.
This is another view of Mount Cook (to the right of center) across lake Pukaki. This shot is taken somewhat further along the road from the last one and so more of the mountains in the park are visible.
This is the view of Mount Cook across Lake Pukaki.
It was very hazy when we were there this year and that has messed with the colors. The water color is about right, but the blue in the mountain is from the haze.
This was taken from the road north, just before Twizel.
Amusingly I was originally drawn by the booms, but once I had the tripod setup what really grabbed me was the vista. This will definitely be going into the banner rotation.
The water color in these is genuine, not an artifact. It’s caused by all the water in this area being glacier runoff.
P.S. These are really yesterdays photos, I had a run in with a bottle of bourbon that delayed them somewhat. Todays will go up this afternoon.
This was taken around the same time as the panorama I just posted.
What can I say… I’m a sucker for lights reflected on water.
The mast on the Americas Cup yacht is much more visible in this take.
P.S. sorry about the lack of updates yesterday, I didn’t get home until like 3am.