For the “Australia Day” long weekend, we went to the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk in Knights Hill, NSW. This new tourist attraction opened last year in March 2008. Its main feature is a 500m walk bridge nestled amongst the trees and provides spectacular views of the Illawarra Region. Here are my choice shots for the day.
The panoramic shot is made up of 5 photos, stiched together using the free software bundled with my camera. Digital photography has now remove the need to have specialized panoramic camera to take photos like these.
The dragon lizard and the grass snake were exhibits just outside the ticket counter of the park. I was shooting in program mode and auto focus, took a lot of shots but very few effective ones. Most are focused on the body instead of the eyes. I’m yet to understand how to simplify selective focusing. The same for the snake, I wanted the head to be in focus instead of the hand.
As for the flower shots – I’m afraid I’ll be taking a lot of this type of photos from now on. It is so easy to do it with an SLR and looks impressive.
I don’t like the results of the Cafe shot. This is an example of an evaluative metering gone mad. The outside is overexposed and the inside is under. What I wanted is for the outside view to be exposed correctly and the inside severely underexposed. I should have gone for a center metering or even spot metering.