NEXT GALLERY: Animal portraits

    Next up, see the shortlisted photographs from the Animal Portrait Category in our 2016 AG Nature Photographer of the Year competition here.

    Photo Credit: MATT CURNOCK, QUEENSLAND

    Yellow Zen

    Within photoshop, I used several techniques to soften the texture and to create a glowy orton-esque atmosphere. First, I applied a Gaussian blur and decreased the opacity, in order to soften the edge contrast. Then, I applied a vertical motion blur to soften the foliage. Finally, I adjusted the tone.

    Arrowtown, South Island, New Zealand

    Canon 5D Mk III, Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM, 1/10, f/16, ISO 400, Singh-Ray LB warming circular polarizer, handheld

    Photo Credit: Kimball Chen, New Zealand

    Cockatoos

    I find holes in a forest canopy and with multiple exposures rotate the camera around. This first rectangular image was then flipped, copied and added to the original to make a square image that best shows the circular motion. The cockatoos were added later to add to the drama.

    Tree and Sky image: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

    Nikon D300, Nikon18-200 mm, 1/125, f/8.0, ISO 400, seven multiple exposures within camera, moving in a circle while pointing the camera skyward

    Cockatoos image:  Bayswater, Perth

    Canon Powershot G11, 6–35 mm, 1/80, f/4.0, ISO 80

    Photo Credit: Andrew Davoll, Western Australia

    Swaying

    Dandelion, Hypochaeris sp.

    The beauty of the dandelion viewed through a macro lens can almost transport one into another world, but I needed to trust a steady hand and flexible back when capturing these dandelion seed heads as they swayed in the breeze.

    Everard Park, South Australia

    Canon 5D Mk II, Canon MP-E 65 mm macro lens, 1/100, f/3.5, ISO 100, handheld

    Photo Credit: Dianne Galbraith, South Australia

    Nature’s Cathedral

    At Lake Tinaroo I walked through a huge natural archway formed by the trees. I created an interpretive version of my own to give symmetry and harmony to this cathedral-like majestic place. I included in a darter to represent the local birdlife.

    Lake Tinaroo, Queensland

    Tree image: 

    Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM, 1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 400, handheld, Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4 colour filter applied in post-processing

    Darter image:

    Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 200, handheld

    Photo Credit: Jacqueline Hammer, Queensland

    Wings of desire – Common Bronzewing Pigeon

    Common bronzewing pigeon, Phaps (Phaps)chalcoptera

    The spectrum on the common bronzewing pigeon’s wing reminds me of the pigmented scales on a butterfly. I was grateful for a chance to capture this display when a particular bird approached my prone position to within touching distance.

    Callala Bay, New South Wales

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Canon EF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM +1.4x III, 1/250, f/8.0, ISO640, built-in flash E-TTL flash metering, first curtain synchronisation, handheld, partial metering, manual exposure, autofocus, single shot

    Photo Credit: Matthew Jones, New South Wales

    Float

    I love to capture the ocean in its different forms. The ethereal and delicate moment was caught while the sun was setting over the ocean, adding beautiful hues to the surface. The shallow DOF emphasises a brief moment of water passing by.

    Glenelg North, South Australia

    Nikon D800, Sigma ART series 50 mm, f1.4, 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 100, aquatic underwater housing, handheld.

    Photo Credit: Joel Durbridge, South Australia

    Web Worlds

    The base photo was taken at sunrise on a damp and misty morning. I have altered colours and manipulated the picture to leave the viewer an interesting challenge. Can they perceive the multiple natural scenes, deduce the process and identify the source?

    Bindi Bindi, Western Australia

    Canon 7D, Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 1/60, f/9, ISO 400, tripod

    Photo Credit: Keith Lightbody, Western Australia

    Kite Flight

    Australian black shouldered kite, Elanus axillaris

    This Australian black shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris) was hunting rodents around Curl Curl Beach when I captured it returning to its perch. As it landed, it obligingly looked straight to camera with its bright red eyes. I then stacked the images to create a spiralling composition of this graceful raptor.

    Curl Curl Beach, New South Wales

    Cannon EOS 5D Mk ll, EF 100-40 0mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, 1/1250, f/8, ISO 400, handheld

    Photo Credit: Marc Lynch, New South Wales

    Take Off

    Buller’s albatross, Thalassarche bulleri

    A Buller’s albatross taking off in choppy seas due east of Wollongong. The effect was obtained using a slow upward vertical pan. The white vertical patterns are sea spray.

    Wollongong, New South Wales

    Canon EOS Mk IV, Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6, 1/20, f/16, ISO 100, handheld

    Photo Credit: Graham Morgan, New South Wales

AG Nature Photographer of the Year 2016: Interpretive shortlist

By AG STAFF | June 9, 2016

The Interpretive competition asked photographers to experiment graphically with their images. Animals, light and landscapes all provided the inspiration for these photographers to create exciting new images. These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide (18 August to 3 October) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (19 August to 9 October).