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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

NASA cosmonaut in Sydney


Couple of photographers and a man dressed in a NASA cosmonaut suit were shooting near the town hall. They have created a lot of interest from all the people. After all it is not often you see a cosmonaut in the middle of pedestrian crossing.

The photographers took quite a number of takes on the theme. Last two I have observed were taken with what looked like Canon EF 70-200 lens. The cosmonaut crossing the road together with all the pedestrians, jumping up and down in an obvious attempt of creating low gravity illusion.

While the photographer was taking these shots from well over 20m I decided on close shot using wide angle and capturing not only his semi levitation but also the the people in the crowd watching his efforts.

Blue Water Lily with reflection in the pond


This photograph of a blue Water Lily with reflection in the pond yet again comes from Cairns Botanic Gardens. It was photographed in natural light in the evening. I really loved the reach variety of the blue colours in the flower’s petals. The reflection in the water retains some of the flower’s colour, which I must say was a bit surprising as the light was rather low.

The lily was in some distance from me so I used Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8IS lens at ISO800 to compensate for the evening light. I am quite sure I must have had the IS turned on as this was a hand held photograph.

Did you know that blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea) also called blue lotus and sacred lotus was considered a solar deity by ancient Egyptians.