Many thousands of wild plant and animal species live in the Anacostia River watershed, right in the heart of the Washington DC metro region, including Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Meet some of this urban wildlife in this video made for the Anacostia Project as featured by contributor Krista Schlyer.
by Paul Harcourt Davies:
For the past few years I have largely utilized two photographic approaches in my close-up work employing lenses at the extreme ends of the focal length range.
The ultra-wide approach demands good stalking technique on the part of the photographer to approach within few cm of a large active insect such as the Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius)
On the one hand there is the capacity of a long-focus macro (the trusty Sigma 150mm f/2.8) to isolate subjects with biting sharpness against a soft-focus background. And, on the other, I move to the realm of the ultra-wide, favouring a 15mm f/2.8 Sigma diagonal fisheye to get close-ups with slightly distorted subject perspective set in the context of a background. I can never decide quite what I want at the time and thus tend to use both.
In this last year, a third option has arisen – the back-lit white panel approach of the MYN project. To my surprise and, I confess, great delight it has definitely done something for my view of natural subjects.
In short, it has made me look again at the ‘familiar’ – a bit like coming around a corner and suddenly seeing my reflection removed from any fantasies. Aaaagh