Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Touch of Spring fever

A few images from Devon of Redshanks, Ruffs and Mute Swans gettingthat Spring feeling.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Smoke Aliens

A couple of smoke patterns from a creative evening with our Freshers' Group at the Camera Club. The focus is not quite right but love the swirls and colours

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ink Droplets for Thursday's Freshers

I am sure everyone will see different things in these droplets but for me the first one looks like a sleeping dog, the second two, skull and thorax X-rays, the fourth a strange exotic flower and the last an foetal horse.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Early Light in the Bluebells

Thame Travelodge provided a very atmospheric sunrise on Monday. I then went on to Ashridge Estate and photographed the Bluebells, which were at their best.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dartmoor at Dawn

Managed to leave the Travelodge near Plymouth in time to record the dawn on Dartmoor. There was a bit of mist around but not enough for an atmospheric picture. Still worth recording.

The River Dart was very photogenic as the light gradually lit the banks and water. I used a neutral density filter to slow the shutterspeed. Looking forward to printing these.

Red Kites yet again

Visited Watlington Hill as staying overnight in Thame. Kites very busy clearing up remnants of picnics. One appeared to have an egg or golf ball. Liked the last picture as it shows how the kite uses the secondary feathers as flaps to manouevre in the dive.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ayrmer Cove and Burgh Island

I visited Ayrmer Cove this morning to look for adders and photograph flowers. The adders were difficult to photograph among the brambles but I did find a mating pair. The Sea Campion and Sea Thrift are at their best on the cliffs. Also Spring Squills.
There was a good view of Bigbury Sands and Burgh Island, which is reached by a causeway at low tide and a sea tractor at other times. It also has the Art Deco Hotel , which served as the setting for the Agatha Christie films Then There Were None and Evil Under the Sun.

Birds from Burgh Island

The Wren, Linnet and Fulmars were photographed on Burgh Island.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Devon Woods

I spent a very enjoyable day photographing in various woods today. Thanks to Susan Brown for showing me round and lunch. I was practising with my Shift lens ready for a trip to Wengen for the alpine flowers later. The first picture is taken with the 24mm end of the 24-70mm lens; the second with the shift lens showing the relative shift of the fern compared to the background. The other images are also using 24mm Shift lens except for image 6, which is the 200mm end of the 70-200mm lens, and the last two taken with 50mm macro.

Redshank Pirouette

Paignton Early Morning Walk

A few images from an early morning stroll along Preston Beach, Paignton. The obliging dog was called Nelson and gave me a complete facial wash from his advantage position on the wall.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sunny Paignton

Images taken yesterday afternoon around 4pm showing the very unseasonable beach scenes. Lots of people on the beach, and many brave souls swimming and paddling. Because the ban does not start till May 1st, there were also lots of dogs on the beach to add to my collection.

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so