Friday, April 30, 2010

Wicken Fen

Windy day today with sunny intervals and lots of scudding clouds so ideal for infrared photography. I had photographed Wicken Fen with infrared film a few years ago so I was keen to see digital infrared images of the Fen. I will do some prints sometime to compare with the darkroom prints but the monochrome conversions look to have as much contrast and sparkle.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A few more images from our Birds of Prey day.

The kestrels were very graceful both in flight and when taking off. This is a first year male so has not yet fully developed the grey head .

The Buzzard was less graceful but had a great presence and its long and powerful talons were very evident - we kept our distance.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Four images taken on a trip into Cambridge on a dull day. I have converted them all using the profile made for the Infrared camera. The bottom two have then been turned to monochrome. The images lack the sparkle of a sunny day but I quite like the subtle tones.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More Owls

Evening shot of the Tawny Owl taken with the fish-eye lens - he did eventually eat his mouse. Below an image of the owl taken with fill-in flash to balance the exposure of sky and subject. I set the exposure for the sky on the camera manual setting and then experimented with various power flashes.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Long-eared and Tawny Owl

We spent very enjoyable 7 hours photographing Birds of Prey in Bedfordshire yesterday. Here are a couple of the shots of owls taken as evening approached and the light was great.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


A couple of shots taken with the Tilt and Shift lens in Hayley Wood of Wood Anemones and Oxlips. I purchased the lens three years ago with the thought of improving my taking of Alpine flowers with the mountains in the background. I haven't been back to the mountains since then but have found the lens great for woodland flowers.

Below are a Wren (right) and Whitethroat in full display and song.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lakenheath birds

A few pictures from today's trip to Lakenheath Fen on the way back from collecting work from the Gallery in Watton. The birds were a bit distant and there was a considerable heat haze. There were up to 6 Marsh Harriers and 10 Hobbies in the air at once some of the time. A wonderful sight. I am not sure what the Hobbies were feeding on as I only saw one damselfly (a red one) but the air was thick with Alderflies. There was also a Cuckoo in full song - the first I have heard this year.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Skylarks are Safe for Another Year

I have been worried recently that, when walking the dogs through the fields, there have been no skylarks singing, but this morning there was one in full song above us. A beautiful sound for a lovely morning with the blackthorn and ash now in full flower.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cambridge Views in Infrared

Various shots taken in Cambridge yesterday with the Digital Infrared Camera showing different effects that can be obtained. The first is closest to film infrared though it needs a bit of softening on the highlights. I like the way the detail has been retained in the tree trunk of the cherry tree that is in full bloom by King's Chapel.

The two views of the Bridge of Sighs demonstrate the colour differences that can be achieved by varying the profile used to convert the images in Lightroom.

Monday, April 19, 2010

More Markers for Yearly Comparison

Some more of the wild flowers out in the garden this week.
Groundsel, dog violet,dandelion, ivy-leaved toadflax, forget-me-not,snake's head fritillaria, red dead nettle, alkanet and celandine

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dunnocks in Full Song

We took Phil's new lens for a trip to Wicken Fen this afternoon. This Dunnock was singing repeatedly from a ground level perch - in contrast to the one taken on the Exe Estuary that inconveniently sang from a skyline twig. As the lighting conditions were very different it is quite difficult to compare Phil's 400 mm prime (first two images) with my 100-400mm zoom. More tests to follow - or perhaps not as it is not always wise to compare lenses - just enjoy the moment.

Spring flowers in Toft

I intended to record the wild flowers as they came out in Toft this Spring but somehow other projects took over so here are some of the flowers that are out on the naturalised areas of my garden today. From left to right on top row - primrose, coltsfoot with all stages from flower to seedhead, ground ivy. Below - cowslip, lady's smock and kingcup. Bright conditions so not great photos but I would like to be able to compare from year to year what species are out on different dates. A few more to follow later.

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