I’ll been watching a pair of Nuthatchs all spring – they started nesting in a tit box months ago and now appear to be raising an unknown number of young ones. The Nuthatch is actually not that common a bird here in this part of West Yorkshire and not seen at all most years (at least by me).Continue reading “Nuthatch”
With apologies to Gerry Marsden – Enroute home from New Brighton I decided to give my DJI Mavic Mini 2 a little exercise so I parked up near the Mersey Ferry terminal and flew across the Mersey to grab some 360 degree panoramas of the Liverpool skyline and of course I couldn’t resist a couple of shots of “MV Snowdrop” the Dazzle Ferry plying its way across the river.Continue reading “Drone Cross the Mersey”
New Brighton offers not only oportunities with the Lighthouse but also a number of groynes that have presumably been built to prevent the areas beaches being washed into the Mersey River.
The groynes make great abstract subjects at half tide.Continue reading “More Long Exposure”
I finally got around to a little photo expedition that I have been planning for some time. I had seen online some interesting photographs of the lighthouse at New Brighton on the Wirral and thought that I would like to give it a go with my ND filters and resultant long exposures.Continue reading “Long Exposure in New Brighton”
Even on the drabbest of days, and we have a few of those, you can find little pockets of color along the canal – in this case at Hebden Bridge – iPhone photos.Continue reading “Colour on the Canal”
with the Fisheye that is….
Winter has returned so no yomping in the hills today – what can the fisheye do along the canal ? – worth a try.Continue reading “Fishing the Canal”
And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is an inland waterway in northern England. It runs just under 20 miles (32 km) from Lock 1E at the rear of the University of Huddersfield campus, near Aspley Basin in Huddersfield, to the junction with the Ashton Canal at Whitelands Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne. It crosses the Pennines by means of 74 locks and the Standedge Tunnel.Continue reading “The Huddersfield Narrow Canal”
Left the daily exercise until late in the day today in the hope of a decent sunset – a little colour but nothing special.Continue reading “Sunset”
Close Gate Bridge is a 17th Century packhorse bridge over Haigh Clough just west of Marsden in the Peak District. The bridge formed part of the mai packhorse route across the Pennines from ther Colne Valley to Rochdale. The bridge is a grade 2* Scheduled Ancient Monument.Continue reading “Close Gate Bridge”
Looking back through a few recent drone images I came across a couple I had missed where the light and clouds combined to produce a couple of interesting images, one above the clouds and the other as the clouds lifted above the Chew Valley and Dove Stones Reservoir.Continue reading “Above the clouds”
At last a decent day and a chance for a hike in the hills, I mean lockdown exercise of course, and no lingering with the camera ….
Alphin Pike (469m) and the Wimberry Ridge give splendid views down to Dove Stove Reservoir and across to Saddleworth Moor. Millstone Grit and Peat – typical of the Dark Peak.Continue reading “Almost Spring Like”
So this is new to me and I am not sure I fully understand all the physics behind it. All my previous cameras have not been ISO invariant, that is to say to minimise noise you needed to make sure the image was not underexposed by using an appropriately high ISO. Using a lower ISO and underexposing an image and then pushing the shadows in post would create a noiser image than using a higher ISO and “proper” exposure. Pretty standard stuff and well understood.Continue reading “ISO Invariance”
I didn’t buy the Sony A7Riv for wildlife but the wildlife at Dove Stone Reservoir didn’t care and this little chap kept photobombing me ! Clearly well used to people he was determined to get in on the show so it would have been rude not to frame up a few shots of him (could be a her of course as no sexual dimorphism in Robins).Continue reading “Photobombed”
If ever there was a metaphor for the troubled times that we are living through this must surely be it.Continue reading “After Clouds, Sunshine”
“It’s a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds’ cries” – The West Wind by John Masefield
Well that’s as maybe but I can tell you an east wind in February on top of Standedge is chuffin cold ! – best suited for winter photography said my new book, true, but it didn’t mention the need for crampons !Continue reading “Chuffin Cold !”
Lockdown 3 coupled with some typically British weather has entailed a lot of YouTube.Continue reading “A Little Inspirational Help”
A couple of years ago I switched from a full-frame Canon camera to micro four thirds largely because I had become tired of humping around heavy kit. Lenses like the Canon 500mm f/4 are frankly hard work and increasingly difficult to travel with. In general I am pleased I made the change and for my long focal length wildlife photography the Olympus m43 cameras with the 300mm f/4 (600mm full-frame equivalent) still make alot of sense.Continue reading “New Year – New Camera”
An important aspect of my photographic interest is wildlife, an interest that requires long lenses and good field craft. The field craft I am ok with but my relationship with long lenses is a long story.
Stepping back a few years my go to wildlife kit was the Canon EOS 7d mk ii and the venerable Canon 500mm f4 big white. On the Canon APS C crop body this gave me an effective focal length of 800mm a good focal length for birding and coupled with the Canon 100-400mm zoom on a Canon 5d mk iii a good all around wildlife kit, all be it with one major problem, well actually 2 major problems, size and weight (those 4 items alone weighing in at 6.43kg).Continue reading “£6,499 too far”