I thought that I would make this post to show you the species that I have captured in only a couple of mornings and some information on the settings and techniques used to form each image.
The first image to talk about is the sunrise landscape above. The photograph was taken on a Nikon D810 with a 14-24mm F/2.8 but at 18mm. I made a conscious effort on this morning to not shoot at the widest angle that I had available. As I often find that on arrival at a location I will go straight to the widest angle and make the composition work, however there was some dead plant material in the foreground that wasn't adding anything to the image and so I zoomed in a little - only 4mm can make a big difference. I chose to give the sky one third and the foreground had the remaining two. I could have easily given the majority of the composition to the sky, as it was such a nice sunrise; however I knew that I was writing the article on the plant and animal species of Bissoe and so I need the heather and pond to be the main focus. As I said in the caption of the image, the final photograph is 5 exposures - two pictures either side of the 'correct' exposure that increase/decrease by 1-stop each time. The blending is all manually completed; working with the +1 exposure for the base layer (background), the +2 exposure for the middle ground and foreground materal and finally the -2 exposure for the sky.
Does it bother you that the caterpillar was actually facing down and that you cant see any movement blur even though it was a slightly windy day? Well then I guess I've got another idea to blog about soon!
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