Kendo In Silhouette

Because of the mid day sun and the fact that these fighters were under cover, I thought the only way to really separate them from the busy background was to make sure the background was light enough.

I think it worked quite nicely, because now there is less emphasis on the finer details and more on the actual shapes that they create while displaying their art form.

Kendo In Silhouette 1 Kendo In Silhouette 2

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length: 130mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure: 1/5000sec
ISO: 100

Lines

This was just an experiment with a different lens and I like what was happening with the lines that I could see. The strong verticals broken by the zigzagging horizontals of the balconies and railings dominate this image and I don’t think it would have had quite the same impact if it wasn’t for the blurring effect from the lens.

Lines

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Lensbaby scout with a single glass optic
Focal Length: 50mm
Aperture: f/–
Exposure: 1/320sec
ISO: 100

Manmade Aurora

Table Mountain painted green for Saint Patricks day, and considering we are about as South as you can get, it’s the closest we’ll get to the Northern Lights. The added bonus is the tablecloth coming down the front of the mountain while the rest of the sky is so clear, adding that special aspect to the shot.

I intentionally left the window frame in the crop, because of the abundance of light at the bottom of the image, I wanted it to be seen in its entirety, from a point of view.  A mountain lit up green with a city at its feet.

Manmade Aurora

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 20mm prime f/2.8 USM
Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/14
Exposure: 3min
ISO: 100

Kendo In Motion

I chose black and white for these 2 pics because of 2 reasons, the subject matter didn’t need the colour but rather the enhancement that black and white brings to the clothing, and the background is incredibly messy, even more so when there is colour to distract you.

It’s the folds in the fabric and the motion in the pics which caught my eye once the colour was gone, that and their get up (called a Bogu) along with their sword routine.

Kendo In Motion 1 Kendo In Motion 2

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length: 200mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure: 1/250sec
ISO: 100

Fern In High Key

This macro shot I intentionally over exposed to achieve the high key effect as I think it gives it more impact by reducing the distractions and leaving only the detail in the focal area, which your eye is drawn to by the converging lines of the surrounding fern leaves.

Fern in high key

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
Focal Length: 50mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 1sec
ISO: 100

Deadpine Standing

One of the things to remember about landscape photography is to look behind you, quite often while you’re struggling to compose a frame or getting the lighting right, all the action is happening right behind you.

I was actually taking a photo of another view, when I saw this tree and the fact that I took a vertical frame of it, wasn’t just to maximize its impact (from a low angle), but also due to the fact that there was an ongoing race in the area, so they had out route markers and such, which would have been in frame if I had left my camera at the horizontal.

Deadpine Standing

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 20mm prime f/2.8 USM
Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 1/320sec
ISO: 100

Almost Done

1 mile is the shortest distance in this marina swim which is held every Friday morning, but a lot of the athletes would quite often do more than 1 loop which increases their distance sometimes up to the 4km mark.

I was standing on a bridge overlooking the water when I took this shot, and included the canal walls to give the image not only a converging point but also a destination for the swimmers.

Almost Done

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure: 1/320sec
ISO: 200

Drowning Tree 1

To shoot at this location at night would be something reminiscent to a horror movie, but during the day its the stark and barren tree standing alone in the water with its bare limbs devoid of foliage stretching out as if for sustenance that leaves you with a sense of sadness.

It’s the fact that these trees are still standing seemingly against the natural order of things that would make this spot scary at night, and if something as ordinary as a tree can defy the rules what else could be lurking in the shadows.

Drowning Tree 1

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 20mm prime f/2.8 USM
Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 1/160sec
ISO: 100

Running Beach

Chasing their shadows as these athletes sprint across the beach to start the swim leg of the 11Global triathlon, its their reflections that catch my eye more than the swimmers themselves.

They don’t standout as much as I’d hope, getting a bit confused with the rippling lines along the shore, so I decided to include the athletes to give them context.

Running Beach

Processed using Capture One Pro
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 20mm prime f/2.8 USM
Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 1/1250sec
ISO: 400

Kendo Bogu

Even though there is a crowd surrounding the stage where this Kendo performance was taking place, and there were other people on the stage with him, I can only imagine this isolated moment, must be what he feels like… everything else fades away except the task at hand, the noise, the people, its all about concentration and focus.

Kendo Bogu

Processed using Capture One ProCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length: 200mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure: 1/125sec
ISO: 100