Friday, 30 September 2011
Yesterday i was sittting on the couch surfing the net on my laptop with the backdoor open, Something caught my eye and it was a very small green lizard (anole) running along the top of the balcony railing, It hoped onto the bird feeder pole and run up, I grabbed the D7000 and Sigma 150 macro and managed a few shots, The light was pretty harsh but it was nice to hear a shutter going off
Now i am going to put the kettle on and watch the free Singh Ray DVD-Highly recommended company
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Back next time with a range of different images from London
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
Being a Brit its not something that you think of when viewing houses or even where you live, Having a door or window open is a normal thing that you do without thought-until now
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Finally, commiserations to our Scottish readers for an abysmal performance in New Zealand this morning (sorry we don't normally do sport on this blog do we? )
I have something planned for Tuesday this week that I hope will mean I can bring you some more images. - but you will have to wait and see.
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Friday, 23 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
One thing i will say is that you can get the soft focus effect in processing rather than buying the filter, I did a blog on the 'Orton' effect a whilst back-see here
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
This is one area for the wildlife NGO's to really get after in my opinion. Organisations like the RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts get millions and millions of pounds each and every year but never appear to address this issue with any lasting results through their lobbying and politicking. Yes we hear the stories and their 'outrage' but that's about it in terms of getting things done. They seem to be too far up their own parts having a pop at the government of the day trying to stop the economic development of our land. With their over dramatic posturing on such proposals as reforming the planning legislation and building new High Speed rail lines, setting out their views that it will be the end of the world and wildlife as we know it, it is about time they put their efforts into the real activities like this that needs to be stopped.
Watching a re-run of Birds Britannia on BBC4 on Monday night reminded me that these organisations are keen to extract our money with honeypot schemes like White Tailed Eagles, Ospreys and Red Kites, where they can easily be seen, but we need much better work from them against the vested commercial interests of the large shooting estates, and against farming policies where the large prairie like, sterile monoculture fields represent our 'green' countryside, that is yellow one week, green the next, brown the following one, devoid of wildlife.
We know that it is the Common Agricultural policy that has caused the biggest destruction of the UK wildlife through farming practices. It is not building, it is not transport projects. Some of the best wildlife sites in the UK are from brownfield sites that have had the hand of man on them in times past. Here in Warwickshire nearly all the best wildlife sites and reserves are 'hand of man' sites that have been reclaimed.
In fact, the only truly wild part of the UK is in small parts of Scotland and on the Arctic plateau of the Cairngorms - the rest of our green and pleasant land has been totally shaped by man.
Sadly our biased media in this country don't focus on these aspects as I suspect there are too many commercial and vested interests at work.
Our wildlife organisations do good things with their reserves, and I am not decrying that, although it should be remembered that unless there are wildlife corridors connecting them, we are just building fence less wildlife zoos.
So I will stop now before I get too tedious.
Would love to hear your views and comments on these subjects.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
All in all a much better viewing experience, so well done Blogger for the improvements.
Hope you enjoy.
Just means we must take some more photos as we have both been distracted lately.
Seems that there is to be an announcement tomorrow from Nikon but it looks like it wont be a Dslr but their first and late steps into the mirror less market, Something that both Nikon and Canon have left to others and now at their peril are loosing valuable market share in Japan which is a very important market for them, Strangely i saw that Canon sent out a questionnaire last week asking if their customer would be interested in such a product, What have they been doing apart from walking around with their eyes closed?? Its something that i am not at all interested in although as things progress maybe a pro slr type mirrorless body may come out so its worth keeping an eye on, I like the idea of having an electronic viewfinder where you can see a live histogram without looking at the screen but as i say very early days,
It seems that global warming is not all bad, Sure that certain animals like the mighty polar bear and the tiny Pika are suffering but birds are spreading their wings and moving into new northerly ranges, A few years ago the Snowy or Little Egret was an exotic in the UK and now they are there all year around, Here closer to my home there are reports of Wood Storks at Jordan Lake, I have only ever seen these in South Carolina and Florida
Monday, 19 September 2011
Sunday, 18 September 2011
It almost makes you by at your local store, All i would say is only buy from reputable dealers if you buy online and be careful out there
Saturday, 17 September 2011
So it is still early in the fungi year, but I will keep checking and keep fingers crossed for a 'good fungi' year.
Friday, 16 September 2011
I have been looking at the software that i use and they are
1.Adobe Photoshop CS5 (RAW Converter)
2.Capture One Pro (RAW Converter)
3.Breezebrowser Pro (Image Browser)
5.PTgui (Photo Stitching)
6.Helicon Focus (Photo Stacking)
7.Nik Ultimate Edition (Noise reduction, sharpening, selective colour,HDR and B+W)
8.Portrait Professional (portraits)
Not everybody knows of the Nik software products and i have people getting confused thinking it has something to do with Nikon, But for the last few years it has gained a great reputation and i have friends that use it with great effect, My order for it will be placed this week
Luckily you can normally get a months free trial on most software so you can try before you buy but the above is what i currently use and recommend
Mirroring my own experience so far this year, it seems the weather has dealt a bad hand to the butterflies with the release of the results from the Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count that I blogged about earlier in the year. Results and commentary here
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Here is the final result of 7 images stacked
Friday, 9 September 2011
Thursday, 8 September 2011
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011
It was great to see so many at different sizes and colours from light yellow through to very dark green out there.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Last week when i was at the site of my new house i took some shots for the scrap book, It was bright and the sun was over head so the light was extremely harsh and in the woodland there are heavy shadows and bright areas-very contrasty, I took some shots not being too bothered as they are just for personal use, Then i thought i would put the active D lighting on as this helps lift shadows, I do not normally use this feature although it does work well, Its similar to Canons Highlight Tone Priority which i used a few times when shoot goosanders in Switzerland with the 1D MK3, As i said it works ok but its easy to life the shadows in processing and using HTP can induce noise in the shadow areas, I think that if you are wanting quick results and sat shoot Jpegs and do not want little to no processing its defiantly a good feature to have and use
Without Active D lighting
Monday, 5 September 2011
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Saturday, 3 September 2011
From just 11 males in 1997 to over a hundred across the country this year.
It seems strange that there were so few as I remember really good sightings of more than one bird at Minsmere in about 1993. The full story can be found here and is worth a read.
Meanwhile here are a couple I was fortunate enough to get a few years ago, about a month after I got my 500 lens.
I was lucky that day - it turned about 20 mins after I gotinto the hide at Slimbridge
Friday, 2 September 2011