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Kylie Knight

(Credit: Kylie Knight)

Photographer: Kylie Knight

Speciality: landscape, nature, wildlife

Biography: Kylie's passion for photography started in October of 2007 after she purchased her first dSLR and taught herself how to take photographs. Before that, she had always been interested in the arts. Kylie loves to photograph landscapes, nature and animals, especially birds around her home country, Australia.

Kylie is based in Victoria and her work can be viewed on her site, www.kylieknightphotography.com

Equipment: Canon EOS 50D and EOS 400D, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Canon 70-200 f/4 L, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS L USM, Cokin ND Grad filters, Manfrotto tripod, Adobe Lightroom.

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I took this photo at a pier in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. I went for a longer exposure just to get the movement of the waves.

Exposure: 1/8s, f/16, ISO 100, 17mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Azure Kingfisher

I was on holidays when I took this, my first Kingfisher at Deniliquin, NSW. I had to lean on a tree so I didn't spook him.

Exposure: 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 400mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Beauty squared

This type of poppy was just begging to be photographed. I had to crank the ISO because it was a windy day.

Exposure: 1/1000s, f/5, ISO 400, 90mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Cradle Mountain

This photo was taken when I was in Tasmania and despite it looking like a warm day, it was freezing outside. I was lucky to get the reflections from the mountain to add a nice composition to the image.

Exposure: 1/200s, f/8, ISO 100, 21mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Crested Shrike Tit

This was taken on a birding trip to Echuca, Victoria. It's such a wonderful place to go if you're into bird photography — there is so much to see. I didn't have to look for this guy, he just landed right in front of me and loved the attention. I try not to use flash in my photos because it can scare wildlife. I think natural light is more pleasing to the eye.

Exposure: 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 400, 400mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

He waits

I was testing my new Canon 50D when I took this photo at Phillip Island, Victoria.

Exposure: 1/1000s f/8, ISO 200, 35mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Incoming

I was photographing some honey bees when this guy came along. It's called a Blue Banded Bee and is native. They are impressive to look at with their green alien-like eyes.

Exposure: 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, 90mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Koonya Beach

This is a little hidden beach near Blairgowrie, Victoria. It's a very beautiful beach with all of the eroded rock formations sticking out of the sand. I used an ND Grad 2x to expose properly.

Exposure: 1/250, f/8, ISO 200, 19mm, handheld

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Lily

This was taken in a public garden in Mt Eliza, Victoria. The lighting was harsh at the time but this flower in particular was hiding behind the others in the shade.

Exposure: 1/640s, f/7, ISO 400, 90mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

OMG

I love his cute little face, it has a human-like expression. This little guy was taken at Taronga Zoo, NSW. The lighting was near perfect and he stayed around for ages.

Exposure: 1/1000, f/6.3, ISO 800, 210mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Snow leopard

This was taken at Melbourne Zoo and I had to manoeuvre between the fence and focus through it to take this photo. I had to pump the ISO because it was a cloudy day and she was moving quite fast.

Exposure: 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 800, 300mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

Spring is here

These blossoms were at Sydney Botanical Gardens. It was pretty overcast that day and was perfect for photographing flowers.

Exposure: 1/500s, f/7, ISO 400, 135mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

The perfect couple

These guys were in Sydney Wildlife World, in the kangaroo enclosure.

Exposure: 1/150s, f/4.5, ISO 400, 90mm

Photo by: Kylie Knight

The Three Sisters, The Blue Mountains, NSW

This is a fantastic place to see. It's so large I couldn't fit it in with my wide-angle lens. I had to take several vertical photos and stitch them together.

Exposure: 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, handheld

Photo by: Kylie Knight

The tides they are a changing

Koonya Ocean Beach is one of my favourite small beaches. I noticed that the waves were quite large and spectacular just before it started to rain.

Exposure: 1/500s, f/7, ISO 200, 17mm, ND Grad 2x

Photo by: Kylie Knight

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