Yesterday Stacey, Ivan and I attended an ABC Open photography workshop/Clermont Camera Social Club meetup hosted by the wonderful Werner family on their property “Vicenza” (first syllable pronounced as in vice I’m told), which is roughly 85km out of Clermont. ABC Open Tropical North producer Daniel Battley drove out from Mackay to run the workshop, and the topics were use of Go Pro and Contour and other similar sports video cameras, the Video Postcards Project ABC Open is running currently, and shooting for the Snapped: Reflections theme. To be honest, the reflections theme really hasn’t inspired me as much as I’d hoped, but instead I got the opportunity to shoot something I’ve had trouble with in the past: butterflies.
Out the front of the station house they have a lovely garden full of Duranta erecta plants, which are all flowering. And given that most of the surrounding country is currently lying fallow waiting for rains before planting, there were literally hundreds of butterflies congregating around the flowers. So, after wondering around the cars for a bit thinking about how to shoot a good reflections shot, I decided to give up and shoot the butterflies. And, because I like challenges, I decided to shoot the erratically moving little critters on a manual focus/manual aperture lens. I actually did pretty well…
Incidentally, we actually showed up to the workshop about 45 minutes late, because we got sidetracked on the way taking photos:
I also took the opportunity to play around with a couple of my other manual lenses, as well as trying out the video mode on my 60D with a couple of test videos, but that’ll be for another post.
The video postcard the group made during the workshop can be found here, although since I was feeling sapped of inspiration I didn’t really contribute much except for proof reading the “script”.