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Malabar Scrub Floral Display…

by on Sep.05, 2012, under Life, Photography

After our sunrise session atop the cliffs of Malabar (where mad fishermen were once again in action on the wave swept rocks below) we headed back along the coastline towards where we had parked near South Maroubra Surf Lifesaving Club.

On the way Gerry and I checked out another inland graffiti laden bunker as well as trying some quick run and gun macro and floral landscape work (now that we could actually see what was there during the daytime – when we came in it was pitch dark :)) – there was a huge abundance of native flowers out all along the coastal scrub.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

The inside of this two room concrete bunker had been nicely painted in “floral” designs in preparation for our visit…

Artists Palace

NIKON D7000 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm, 1/60 sec at f/3.5, ISO 800

I would have liked to have focus stacked the buds portion of this composition but alas didn’t have time

Buds and Bloom

NIKON D7000 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 1/125 sec at f/16, ISO 400

The flowers were out in show everywhere so we had switched to macro lenses for some close up work – however when I came across this scene I actually wanted to do a compressed landscape where only my foreground subject matter was in focus and my entire landscape background would be a soft but recognisable blur – I stuck with the Tamron 90mm macro for the shot anyway – I hope it’s worked as I’d envisaged…

Floral Scape

NIKON D7000 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5, ISO 100

I didn’t quite get this how I’d wanted (I was swaying around way too much – tired probably :)) and couldn’t get the plane of focus how I wanted it whilst also having the background I wanted, plus I wanted more depth of field – however I still liked the result…

Lemon and Lime

NIKON D7000 + 90.0 mm f/2.8 @ 90 mm, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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