Sunday, April 30, 2017

Macro - Spider's World at Audley End, Essex

As it was a bright morning, we were hoping for lots of insects at Audley End to practise macro photography but only located Honey Bees, a few Solitary Bees (Adrena spp), some ladybirds and this minute Crab spider guarding its prey in a curled leaf. Another spider had trapped a Wood Louse



Saturday, April 29, 2017

First Damselfly and a Few More Insects Present At Last

Yesterday saw the first Large Red Damselfly this year in our garden. We have had a succession of days with cold northerly winds so the insects have been absent. Today saw a selection of Hoverflies and still plenty of Bee flies


Friday, April 28, 2017

Olney, Buckinghamshire - Lace, Pancakes and Hymns

I visited Olney Camera Club on Wednesday so took time to photograph round the town (between the hail showers). Continental lacemakers came to Olney as a result of religious persecution in their own countries from the late 1500s through to the late 1600s. The lacemakers, particularly those from Lille and Mechlin taught the local women to make bobbin lace and thus began a cottage industry which lasted for over 300 years.
Olney is also famous for its pancake race which has been run since 1445. It was the home of  John Newton, a clergyman and slave trader, who turned abolitionist and wrote "Amazing Grace". William Cowper, poet and hymn writer, is also celebrated in the Newton and Cowper Museum.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Iceland in Monochrome

I have at last finished a Gallery of images from our February visit to Iceland with 30 monochrome conversions. Here are a few of them - shown at smaller size than usual as they are pretty rough on the 'edges' - need tidying up or reprocessing in some cases before printing. Full gallery at www.pin-sharp.co.uk


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eventing at Horseheath - Experiments in Shutterspeed

This is the second year that Horseheath has held Eventing. It is a very open and friendly event. I decided to experiment with shutterspeed as I do like images that show movement and particularly water spray. The first five pictures are taken at 1/1000th, 1/250th, 1/160th. 1/125th and 1/60th (also sixth photo). Show jumping and Dressage both 1/1000th. The slow 1/60th shutterspeed gave the sort of image I was looking for but the hit rate is very low indeed and difficult to control the highlights. 1/125th is probably the safest for panned shots so will try this also at the water jump.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bluebell Time at Waresley Woods

The Bluebells this year are out along with the other spring flowers - Wood Anemones, Primroses, Celandine and Cuckoo Pint.

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