Scenes from Macritchie Reservoir

A selection of some random snaps I took during a walk in Macritchie Reservoir. Though the sky was severely overcast, it made for interesting B&W / Sepia landscape shots.

Umbrella by the Bank

Umbrella by the Bank – 35mm . 1/1600 sec at f/1.4 – Unedited

I was field-testing my new 35mm Sigma f/1.4 lens and shot this wide open. Was extremely pleased with the front-to-back sharpness of the photo, although I felt my composition left something to be desired. Hurrah to Sigma!

Landscape in Sepia

Landscape in Sepia – 35mm . 1/125 sec at f/9.0 – Unedited

This sepia shot did not turn out that good at all. Let’s hope I get better at this.

Decks in Black

Decks in Black – 35mm . 1/40 sec at f/9.0 – Unedited

Again, composition left something to be desired but I feel I’m getting better. I was torn between capturing the bench or getting the branches in the top left hand corner of the shot in frame and had to settle for one or the other. I’ve only just noticed that stopping down did not significantly improve sharpness; I think I’ve yet to find this lens’ ideal f-stop.

After giving up on the landscape shots, I started to trek back when I encountered a troupe of monkeys. I thought that I would be handicapped by the fact that I did not have a telephoto lens but the monkeys displayed absolutely no fear of me, which allowed me to get close.

35mm. 1/800 sec at f1/.4 . unedited

35mm. 1/800 sec at f1/.4 . unedited

This baby climbed the lamp post. 35mm . 1/640 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

This baby climbed the lamp post. 35mm . 1/640 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

The younger brother wanted to follow but did not dare to. 35mm . 1/500 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

The younger brother wanted to follow but did not dare to. 35mm . 1/500 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

35mm . 1/3200 sec at f/1.4 . post-production with Lightroom 5 .

35mm . 1/3200 sec at f/1.4 . post-production with Lightroom 5 .

Sibling Rivalry. 35mm . 1/400 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

Sibling Rivalry. 35mm . 1/400 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

Managed to shoot a stand-off between the alpha male of the troupe (with his posse looking on) and a dog. I should have stopped down to shoot this but at least the monkeys and onlookers are in focus.

35mm . 1/800 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

35mm . 1/800 sec at f/1.4 . unedited

Apart from my cat, this is the first time I shot animals! It was an extremely novel and fun experience though, which I will try again. I must remember to turn off the damn AF focus beep though. It took a certain level of calm to walk amongst the monkeys, and I had to remember to keep my body language submissive and non-intrusive.

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