Welcome to the Rob Bampton photography blog. Day 3 was a day jam packed full of activity. First we went to a local spot called the Spice Gardens, As my background is in horticulture this was very interesting to me. I discovered some very interesting unknown plants. This first Image is a pretty basic I was using my 200mm f2,its def proving to be my go to lens so far this trip. Was shot at f2, 1/250 and ISO 200. This was mainly about composition to me. Trying to work with the rule of thirds. I went for the front flower in the middle but in the bottom third, I was aiming to try and get the background flowers in each 3rd which I think worked well. I also noticed the reflection in the water from the left flower.
Next stop was the Butterfly farm, This presented a different challenge for me as I haven't really shot something this small that moves a lot. Settings wise I changed to AI-Servo which helps to follow moving objects and just used my centre focus point. Occasionally when one of the butterflies would land long enough for me to take my time I would quickly adjust settings as required. I shot this with my 70-300 at 190mm, f5, 1/160 and ISO 200. I lowered shutter speed and ISO to shoot this one as he spent a bit of time on that leaf. I was actually shooting this lilly when the butterfly arrive which was a bonus and there was also a large fake frog in the pond which i decided to add into the frame.
I have been listening to Martin Bailey's Photography podcast and something I remember hearing came up in my mind as I was sorting through these images one was that it is always good to take a photo of the plaque with the animal info as I would love to know what this little creature was called but had no idea. The other interesting thing about this shot is that it was shot through glass and it was actually very dirty glass at that. The secret to this is firstly the obvious find the angel of the shot you want and look for the cleanest area. Next shoot as the lowest possible f/stop, as I was shooting this with my 100m this was f2 which is generally also very handy as a lot of these situation and in low light. You can tell this my the other setting my ISO was 800 and shutter was a pretty slow 1/50 which meant i had a lot of images that where out of focus and even this one is a little soft but I think its to a exceptable.
Next stop was the Thai Ping zoo which from all reports was very large. On arrival I was surprised to find out that entry price was 10 ringgit which is around $3 australian. The zoo was very large and had a Jurassic Park feel. The down fall of this getting close to the animals was very hard. The longest lens even with a 1.4x extender was not long enough and at full zoom the quality was less that desirable. Which has fuelled a already strong fire in me to fork out some money for a better long lens. But having said that I feel that I have already learnt some valuable lessons this trip which I needed to learn regardless of the lens. I did mange to get close enough to these to shoot with my 100mm. I switched to aperture priority mode still with AI- Servo with my 100mm at f2, 1/310 and ISO 400. For this shot as I did all day was generally leaning on the fence or what ever I could for added support.
Finally while still at the zoo again shooting through glass i shot this little fella he was very hard to catch and was amazing to watch. It really is un believable how human these animals are. The setting where the same as above. I did have to crop this Image a little but as I shoot in raw this is no big drama to take the edges of a Image. All in all day 3 was very busy but I really did enjoy it we even got a late shower to cool us down in very high tempuratures. Tomorrow we are heading of to another part of Malaysia which Involves a quick plane flight the name eludes me for the moment but I will be sure to give you the details tomorrow there is a Air Show there which will be once again taking me out of my element. Which is always exciting for me. Please let me know your thoughts about my blog I have wondered if I should start adding in more info about the trip other than photography. I would love to hear from you. I have also loaded up heaps more photos from my trip so far on my fb page so please check that out.