The Natural Spectacles of Our Backyard


Krishna Doshi


Upper Secondary Category


To explore the theme of ‘My Backyard’, I have used nature photography. Australia is home to countless vast and wonderful backyards, packed with phenomenal sights of Mother Nature. Winter night skies, sprinkled with millions of dazzling stars. Fiery flames escaping into the air. Bumblebees buzzing around, breathing life into flora. All of these are in our very own backyard that we proudly call Australia, and nature photography captivatingly captures these awe-inspiring scenes.

Photo A (the galaxy) was shot at 16mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200 and 25 seconds. It shows how Australia is home to magnificent, star-packed night skies. It displays that it is possible to peer into the infinite vastness of the cosmos simply by examining the night sky above our backyard. I enhanced the colours of the beautiful galaxy to emphasise the formidable sight we can observe under our very own night sky.

Photo B (the bumble bee) was shot at 50mm, f/1.4, ISO 100 and 1/250 of a second. It shows the fascinating creatures that can be found in my backyard. The speed and grace of the flight of the bumblebee are unlike those of any other creature. To view it in my own backyard only furthers the enthralment. The 50mm lens was a touch too wide to provide a detailed view of the bee in action, and thus the image is cropped.

Photo C (the pan and sparks) was shot at 105mm, f/4, ISO800 and 1/20 of a second. It was taken in my backyard during a dinnertime barbecue. The smooth, wavy orange flames that encapsulated the pan, and the sparks that escaped from beneath, intrigued me. The slower shutter speed accentuated the smoothness of the flames and sparks. The mesmerising flames reminded me of the marvellous ways in which the natural world presents itself, even in the simplest backyard settings.



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