Flora and Fauna at the Brickworks

For this week’s post, I took myself over to the Brickworks. They have a farmer’s market on the weekend and some beautiful grounds. The main image, is one of the smokestacks left from the factory part of the building (25mm – 5.6 – 1/500 – ISO 100). I figured it would be a great spot for some shots. Turns out however that this spot didn’t really speak to me in terms of photography. That’s the great thing about this hobby, different things inspire different people. While I didn’t take pics of the buildings, I did find myself trying some close up shots of flowers around the place. The highlight of this shoot was that the camera came out of auto mode. I shot these pictures using Aperture mode, so that I could select how much of the shot would be blurry.

The flowers below caught my eye as they were lined up in such a way that I could get them to slowly go out of focus as you move away from my focus, the first flower.

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105mm – f5 – 1/80 – ISO 100

This explosion of flowers had this one flower that was sticking out a fair bit, with a very cool centre section.

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25mm – f2.8 – 1/2500 – ISO 100

Walking through one of the areas with more trees, I came across these leaves. I loved the way the light was shining through the leaves in different amounts.

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76mm – f3.7 – 1/640 – ISO 100

Continuing to discover that with a camera in front of me I can deal with stinging insects with much more bravery. That being said, bumblebees and I came to terms with each other a few years ago. They really are just focused on getting the job done.

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170mm – f4 – 1/125 – ISO 100

I wanted to try the above picture from a different angle just to see the difference it would make. The bee is no longer the subject of the picture, instead the flowers become the focus and you are part of a larger world.

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154mm – f3.9 – 1/250 – ISO 100

I may not have been quite so close to this wasp, but wanted to get a shot anyway. Although I am not terribly fond of the coloring of the plant it is sitting on, I loved the detail you can see in it’s body.

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126mm – f5.6 – 1/320 – ISO 100

The final shot of this picture was focused into the middle of the pond, so I was zoomed in a fair bit. Cropping allowed me to focus in on this water lily and the little bee heading away from the plant. I liked that it captured that fleeting moment of the bee moving on.

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400mm – f4- 1/1600- ISO 100

For the next post, I am hoping to head off to the ROM to capture a very special exhibit. See you then!

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