Behind the Frame – Flowers and Cubs

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Deathly Beauty by Marcelle Robbins

Canon 10D, 105mm, 1/350, f/3.5, ISO 100

Mabula Game Reserve, South Africa

I took this image on Mabula Game Reserve late in the afternoon using natural light.


Both my husband and I are very keen photographers. He being the wildlife and avian “specialist” and me liking the macro side of things.   Although most people associate macro photography with insects, its not my favourite subject to photograph. I’m mad about shapes and textures and in particular plants.


To avoid mix ups when going out together to photograph, I pick flowers, seeds, grasses or leaves along the way. Anything that captures my attention. Then I have a crude setup that I use on the open vehicle which enables me to photograph my subjects in the car while we wait patiently for his wildlife or birds to come strolling past. I try to use natural light whenever possible and also to keep my ISO very low. I shoot with an ancient Canon 10D and noisy images in higher ISO’s are an issue.


On this particular day, we drove past this dry patch of grass that had this remnant of flower still tangled up inside. I asked hubby to pick it as the orange color was so vibrant it caught my eye. On closer inspection we saw that a small dry random petal of another kind of tiny blossom was wedged in the center of the dried out larger flower.


The moment I saw this I knew exactly the effect I wanted. I used a small aperture to try highlight all the different colors and textures within the range of the tiny dry blossom. I positioned the flower in my setup to get the dark green background (which is actually a 2.8 Petrol Land Rover body reflected in the side mirror) as well as some side light from the natural sunlight. I was so pleased with the result as the contrasting colours and different textures are really evident. Its one of my favourites in my flower collection.



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Marcelle Robbins

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Cuddling Cubs by Gerry van der Walt

Nikon D3s, 300mm, 1/800, f/4.5, ISO 400

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Afric

All too often you sit with lions and, well, they do nothing.  It is during these times that patience can most definitely be a virtue.


Sure, sitting with a pride of lions can be boring but by taking the time to sit back and be patient you will be in the perfect position to capture more intimate images rather than just the big teeth, in your face kind of lion images.


On this particular morning these two youngsters were cuddling up to each other to try and warm up on a cold winter’s morning.  Every now and then the young male would lift his chin, put it on his sister’s back but it would almost immediately slip off again.


He looked a little annoyed as he once again lifted his chin but this time he also slipped his foot over his sibling.  This gave me the chance to take this grab shot showing a nice intimate moment.


Patience!  It will not only help you to get the big, in your face images but also the more subtle, intimate shots.


Until next time.


Gerry van der Walt


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