Vantage Point at Alowyn Gardens

Hi all,

I recently decided to participate in a Pinterest project called #VantagePoint put together by Light, a compact camera maker. I have chosen to write about my favorite photography location, and how my equipment plays a part in how I photograph. Well it was easy for me to choose Alowyn Gardens as my favorite photography location. I am a regular visitor there for multiple reasons. Firstly it is such a peaceful place, with beautiful gardens. Very relaxing. Secondly, there is always something new to photograph. No matter how many times I go, I always find something inspirational.

The camera I use is a Sony RX100. This is a fixed lens compact camera, with full manual functionality. I chose this camera because it allowed me full control of my settings, has an excellent aperture available of 1.8, and is compact. I can easily take it with me.

Full control of the settings in my camera is important to me, as I like to take close up macro shots of flowers and insects, so shutter speed and aperture is very important to get the shot just right.

Here are some of the photos from my recent visit to Alowyn Gardens, as you can see I was excited the insects were out!

It was a lot of fun writing this #VantagePoint post, and I must say I am interested in their cameras given they too are compact! I look forward to finding out more about them soon.

Cheers, Andrew

Orange Butterfly

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while, sorry for being so quiet on my blog. I have too busy taking photos in New Zealand 🙂

Today I wanted to share some photos of butterflies we found in the Hamilton Gardens. These gardens are stunning, so more photos to come.

These butterflies were flying about the gardens in the gorgeous spring weather. Thankfully they stopped on some leaves long enough for me to get some good photos!

Enjoy!

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Cheers, Andrew

Praying Mantis and Caterpillar

Hi all,

I found these insects in the garden the other day. I was very excited as I haven’t had the chance to photograph a Praying Mantis or Caterpillar so far, so it was quite fun! What do you think? Click the photo if you want to see them bigger.

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Bye for now,

Andrew 🙂

Damselfly

Hi all,

I spotted this damselfly and beetle yesterday whilst looking at some gorgeous gardens. I was very excited to find the damselfly, I have been trying to take a photo of a dragonfly for for a long time but found this instead!

Click the photos to make them bigger 🙂
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Insects Macro

Hi all,

As it is Spring in Melbourne Australia, I have been finding many insects out within the flowers. This has certainly sparked my interest in Macro photography.

This bee was very actively seeking pollen!

This bee was very actively seeking pollen!

I was photographing this flower when I spotted the camouflaged insect within!

I was photographing this flower when I spotted the camouflaged insect within!

I like the contrast between the dark fly and the yellow flower

I like the contrast between the dark fly and the yellow flower.

The big eyes on this little spider intrigued ne

The big eyes on this little spider intrigued me, I’m not normally a spider fan!

I have a feeling there will be more macro insect photos appearing in the future, quite a lot of fun!

Bye for now, Andrew 🙂