Photography

How I Got the Shot: Baobab and Pebbles

Still Life is a photographic genre way outside of my list of fun photography, and I only came to enter a few photos in the July competition out of a need to fill two entry spots. One morning I was sitting on the veranda drinking my coffee when I noticed an ornamental baobab being beautifully lit by sunlight. It took me back to being in the bush and taking photographs of baobabs at sunrise or sunset. So I hatched a plan, there and then, to make a diorama that I could possibly enter in the MPS monthly competition.

How I Got the Shot: Maelstrom

For several years I have wanted to capture the stunning interplay and effect of water and hair when a person submerged and then the head is flicked back “violently” as they jump and clear the surface.

My grand-daughter Isabelle (9) was the perfect candidate as she has long thick hair down to the middle of her back. She also loves water and plays in our pool for hours. So on New Year’s Day I finally convinced her to let me take some photos to this end.

How I Got the Shot – Painted Reed Frog at Rest

With no travel planned over December, and the Mashonaland Photographic Society deadline looming, I realised I needed to get out and about and make a concerted effort to take some sort of photograph to submit.

I wandered around the garden for hours, looking for insects and bugs. I managed to find a couple of possible entries but nothing that really felt like it would catch the judges’ attention. I also used this time to get to know the Nikon D4 as opposed to the Nikon D7100 I normally use.