On the same day I popped into Madame Tussauds and went crazy photographing large chunks of wax that looked strangely like some famous people, I also popped into Sydney Wildlife as I am a massive animal lover.
Now, this was an unplanned visit so I was not really prepared, lens wise, to do any shooting. What I wanted to do was photograph some butterflies that rely so much on colour for their inherent beauty, but shoot them in black and white as a bit of a challenge. I figured if you could make a colour reliant creature look interesting in black and white then hey, it must be a reasonable shot.
So, yes, I know some of these pics are not pin sharp, that happens when you don't have a macro lens or flash unit with you. However I don't care. Photography, when it's of a personal nature, does not need to be perfect, it's art. It needs to be the artist's creative impression of what they saw and how they wish it to be presented.
As most of you would be aware I am not a huge fan of colour photography, and unless a client specifically requests colour, I seldom present colour work. However when I do, it will also quite often be a very de-saturated washed out sort of colour as I really like the appearance of specific photos processed in this style.
So, here are a few samples of a fun session with some of nature's gifts.
If any of you just thought "Hey, that's not a butterfly", then you have just passed your eye test!
This little guy had a great range of colours but I thought that in black and white it really accentuated the textures and shapes of his skin and scales. A very intelligent little man as well, he even looks intelligent.
This guy was a bit of a camera shy type. Every time I had him lined up for a shot, he'd look the other way. However, I was far more persistent than he was, he gave up and I got a shot. How lucky are we to be able to see such wonderful creatures right in the heart of Sydney?
This character was bright yellow, but his shape and patterns appealed to me far more than his (or her) colour. I also liked the fact he (or her) gave me two basic backgrounds to work with due to where it landed.
A variation of the previous black and white shot. Washing out the colour just gives a hint of the colour without saturating the photo.
I particularly liked this shot as it reminded me of the commonalities between man and nature. It reminded me of a person crossing a bridge on their way somewhere.
So, there you have it. There are no excuses not to shoot some of the wonders of nature and it's precious gifts, even if you do live in the cement jungle of the city of Sydney.
Grab your camera, get outside, and have some fun!