Category: Photography

Yellow tailed wasp

Yellow tailed wasp

I have some luck with flying insects lately, I do not even have to leave the confines of my garden.
I unfortunately do not have a scientific name for this beauty, if you do please leave me a note and I’ll add it.
Shot in my garden.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Xylocopa caffra

This is the Xylocopa caffra also commonly known as the Carpenter Bee and this is a bee I would rather not argue with, large does not describe it, for a bee that is (2cm +)
Shot in my garden.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Macaw Parrot

Macaw parrot snapshot

One, if not my biggest, pet peeve in the photography space is: Because you are known as a photographer, snapshots will not do!
But what if I wanted to share a memory, not a portfolio image?
No you cannot and will not publish that, says the masses!

So I am defying the masses, here is my macaw parrot snapshot!

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Purple Rain

The jacarandas in Johannesburg are a sight to see, the northern suburbs of the city turn purple with these majestic trees.
This, from end of October the the firs few weeks of November, is the season.
We call it purple rain season and you can see why.
Interesting fact: The Jacaranda is not native to South Africa or Africa for that matter, even if our capital city Pretoria is widely known for it. The tree is native of Central and South America.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Cape Town 180 degrees

Cape Town 180 degrees

This is the last image (See what I just did? I called it an image, just for the purists!), from my Cape Town trip.
This image stretches from Green Point on the left to Table Mountain on the right and the City of Cape Town in the middle, clearly seen is the table cloth running down Table Mountain one of the “new” 7 wonders of nature.

I had everything planned and it showed. Well not everything, the clouds and the freezing cold wind that made me wish I had a bennie were far from planned.
The point I am trying to make is, planning helps, more so when you have limited time at a location.
When travelling, take your tripod, camera and a couple of lenses and plan what you will be shooting. Check the weather, sunrise and sunset times, how long to get there, where to shoot from, will you need a bennie?
I take my 24mm pancake everywhere, it is often accompanied by the 10-18mm and when I can a 24-105 or equivalent.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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From Green Point to Boubergstrand

What gets more complicated than an HDR?
In my books, a blue hour panoramic scene with moving clouds, the conditions keep changing by the second. In this case, I was very conservative and decided that a 2 photo panoramic would do, since each was 30 seconds I really did not know if it was going to work.
It did!

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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