Wednesday, 31 August 2011
For those going this year make sure that you have the following
4.ND filter if possible around 3-4 stops
I found that my 24-70 on my D3s was my most used combination but i carry lenses from 14mm to 600mm so all avenues are covered, I intend to drop into Cataloochee cove so some wildlife will be on the menu so to speak especially Elk, Its one of my favorite times of year and everywhere in the mountains is a photo opportunity even from the car, North Carolina has over 1500 waterfalls in the mountains so its a lifetimes work to see and shoot them all
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Let us know if you have any good techniques that work for you.
And finally, thanks for the comments from yesterdays blog - questions are always welcome and we will answer as best we can.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Yesterday i drove past a huge lake not too far away called Jordan lake, I have one particular area that i have shot in the past with some success for waders when the water is very low, Well its very low again and its time to don the waders and get down in the mud, Hopefully i will have some images or tales of woe by the end of the week
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
On a wildlife note the seed and hummingbird feeders are up and last night we saw our first hummingbird inspecting the feeders
Keep safe to all those in the hurricanes path, We have found that good stocks of wine,Guiness and Indian food works well
Friday, 26 August 2011
As Dave battens down the hatches in North Carolina with the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene, we will keep our fingers crossed on this side of the water.
However one possible good consequence for us over here is the arrival of American birds on our shores. Significant weather events can bring about significant wildlife changes, so all you guys down in Cornwall should be in for a bumper twitch time in the next few days so I will look forward to some good images from all you bloggers down there.
No pressure Ashley.
So I hope you all have a pleasant weekend and Bank holiday if you are UK based.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
The first and last images were taken with the 20D, 70-200f4L + 1.4 EFTC on Skomer, the middle two with the 1Dmk2N and the 70-200 f2.8L on Lunga, Tresnish Isles
Not bad for rubbishy old 8megapixels cameras (which backs up what Dave was saying yesterday re. MP count and market/hype/bullshit)
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
The landscape falls most comfortably on the eye to me, but as Dave has said many times before it is always worth getting your subject in both formats.
For the purposes of this image, the original was taken in landscape, and I have cropped accordingly.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Here is a black widow that was nesting on the side of my house a couple of years ago
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Ok back to the grind
Friday, 12 August 2011
While putting my thoughts about this blogpost together this morning on my train journey to work, my concens about today were centred not upon the poor Grouse that are shot for expensive sport but on the `cost` that our UK raptors have to pay for this `sport`
I have written many times about the illegal persecution of raptors on this blog before, which I find saddening and depressing, but I found one story today that sums up all of those thoughts very well and so I have linked to it to share with you.
written by Mark Avery, the previous Chief Executive of the RSPB and is here
Thursday, 11 August 2011
On a wildlife note i was walking down the street yesterday morning when i spotted something flying directly at me, At first i thought it was a bird,about the size of a sparrow but as it neared the wings looked wrong, It flew straight over me and landed on a nearby house, It was a lune moth, The first i have seen in real life-Huge would be an understatement, I never realized that they were so big ,A real stunner to see-now on my photographic wants life
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Other good news is that my tree frog image made it to image of the week on the naturescapes site, Naturescapes for me is THE best wildlife site on the web, The standard of photography on there is extremely high so i was just a bit chuffed to say the least, It does prove one thing and that is you do not need to go to far flung exotic places to get good images, I didnt even have to leave my house for this one
Word must have got out as over the last couple of days i have had all kinds of bugs on my glass storm door including a very accommodating cricket, Which stayed on there for over an hour until i started to use flash and then he decided he did not want the fame and left, I was getting on in the day and the light was way to my right, I started outside and had to use the pop up flash to add some fill light as the cricket was silhouetting against the bright glass,The flash made all the difference I tried hand-holding the D7000 with Sigma 150 macro but the shutter speed was low and the images blurred, I tried to set the tripod up but the door way was cramped and i ended up with little more then a monopod but it did the trick, I tried taking a normal shot but the cricket needed some lightening up on the underside, I tried using a reflector but the light was not bright enough so i put the SB900 on a cord and used the built in reflector and diffuser to add some light, I held the flashgun at an angle so as not to get the reflection in the glass and worked pretty good, The problem with using a flashgun with glass is that it shows every piece of dirt and dust
Monday, 8 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
You can see my Blind/hide in the corner, All images are full frame
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
The D7000 is really growing on me, I enjoy using it and the files are very nice, Look at the images at ISO800, I have not used any noise software and they are very clean, I would not have even considered the D300 for this, Yes i could have used the D3s but the D7000 gives me some extra distance from the subject and as the toads were slow moving i did not need the extra speed plus i get 4 million extra pixels thrown in, True 1:1 macro lenses like the Sigma 150 are slow to focus but even the in dim light on my patio it worked OK only hunted a few times and when it locked on it stayed there, The Sigma 150mm macro is amazing, Its soooo sharp that i am going to sell my 180 when it comes back and get one, The 180 is a great lens but the new 150 has OS or is stabilized and for hand holding it was be better, I am super impressed with it and cannot recommend it enough, The toads are very relaxed creatures and you can move around and they take no notice, Put the lens close to its face and blind it with flash and it does bat an eye-the perfect subject and very comical to watch, We leave the house in 2 weeks so i need to get some hours in with these guys if i am going to get the shot thats in my head-fingers crossed
All images are Full Frame unless stated
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Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Monday, 1 August 2011
Once i started looking for frogs i started to see them everywhere