Posts tagged “perspective

Flights of the dragonflies

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While waiting on the lake at Wild Rose for a heron to drop out of the trees and do something (ideally fly towards me and then start fishing closely 🙂 I enjoyed watching the dragonflies that were buzzing in and out of the grasses along the shore around me.  The courting seems to be in full swing so there are wild chases along the water, hovering showdowns and kamikaze dives.

I end up turning my lens away from the bird and towards these far more cooperative fliers.  Here are a few images of some of the dragonflies that I was able to photograph and keep in focus.  It was very tricky using a long telephoto (500mm with a 1.4x extender) to get them sharp but the ones that turned out made me pretty happy.


Glass: My fascination with photographing windows

As part of my ongoing fascination with glass, I am working on a collection of abstract images involving windows.  Here are three photographs that have made it into the series so far.


I love these thick blocks of glass that are often found in homes.  They are great for allowing light in while keeping the interior private.  For me, they warp scenes on both sides of the glass and I love the effect.  The crazy pattern in this pane is actually a plain window in the brown brick building about ten feet away.


These windows belong to an apartment building in Vancouver’s West End.  I love the curves introduced into the reflections by these big sheets of glass.

This one strays a bit from the glass theme but I was drawn to the strange pattern created by the window frames from this angle at ground level in and alley in downtown Calgary.

 

I had the opportunity to work with glass (blown glass) for fun a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  I love working it into my photography whether as the subject or as part of the supporting cast – it really is wonderful.