Taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, at the rim of a pond in the middle of the gardens. I've been trying to get a macro shot of a dragonfly's face for the past couple of weeks at that pond, but it is tough because they tend to look out on the water, not back toward where I can perch myself. They also fly away if you're not careful. For some reason, perhaps because it had just rained, this particular dragonfly took very little notice of me and let me get a decent shot-- this is perhaps the best I can do with the current equipment I am using.
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Canon 1.4 Extender EF 1.4X, Canon Extension Tube EF25 II, f/7.1, 1/160, ISO 4000.
This image was captured about an hour before sunset on a recent backpacking trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon via Soap Creek. Located about 15 miles from Glen Canyon dam in northern Arizona, this area is well upriver from the popular main corridor. The solitude and sheer grandeur is incredible.
In Winter 2009 I was on top of the Brocken (Harz Mountains, Germany) and had the most wonderful sunrise, I have ever seen. I started the walk at 5:00h in the morning at full moon, needed no headlight. There were about hundred people on top waiting for the Sun. It was a wonderful moment.
The African Black Oystercatcher is a resident breeder on the rocky coasts and islands of southern Africa. Sadly, there are currently less than 9,000 adult birds of this species, so it is highly endangered. However, it is easy to spot along the coasts of South Africa.
I was lucky to get so close to an adult couple and took quite a few shots of them in De Hoop Nature Reserve. This shot is my favourite. I simply love the contrast between the red of the bill and eye, the black of the plumage and the blue of the ocean.
Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4, ISO 100, 1/800 sec., 200mm, f/6.3. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2, finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop CS4.