Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra


I’m in Hungary at the moment and as the weather is raining with 25mph winds I have stayed in to go through the images from the last few days of photography. On the first day I used the car as a hide and drove around the country lanes to see what i could find.  Different birds react in varying ways when approached slowly by car but Corn Bunting are quite easy to get close to.  This Corn Bunting was the first bird of the day and just minutes after the sun had appeared along the horizon.  i like how the pink hues are still in the sky and the low sun is rim lighting the bird. Worthwhile getting up early for.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x III converter.  Car as hide.
1/160s, f/5.6 @ ISO800.
Please click on image to enlarge.

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Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria


Photographers often say that the best photographs are taken close to home and I have to agree with this.
I would really like to describe how I trekked miles in to a remote ancient woodland and fought off three bears for this image but it would be far from the truth as the location was in the garden. The garden is very wildlife friendly and a section of it in the spring is covered by a yellow carpet of Lesser Celandine.  The celandine is from the Ranunculus family which holds around 600 species including the buttercups. I particularly liked this image with the composition and depth of field.

Canon 5D Mk3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens with angle finder.

Handheld. 1/250s, f/4 at ISO400.

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Cucumber splash commercial photography


From an early age I think most parents have told their children not to play with their food… I’m glad I’m old enough to break the rules..

Setting the home studio up I had a ‘play’ day where I was testing the limits of my flash duration on my studio lights for future projects.  Throwing objects into a tank of water was a great way of testing the flashes to see if i could freeze the motion of both the falling object and the splashes that they created.  It was lots of fun but not without its’ problems.

If anybody wants to know how to shoot these type of images please drop me a line.

Heres one of my favourites.

…i now just need to find out where I put the goldfish…

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. 1/160s @ f10 at ISO640.

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Canon Links to Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility Software


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Hi all,

After wasting 15 minutes trying to find the latest downloads to Canon EOS Digital Photo Professional and the EOS Utility I have finally found them so I thought I would post the link here so people can go straight to them if they are searching google and Canon like I was.  The links are through Canon Europe and for a Canon 5D Mk3 but it will work for all your Canon cameras (apart from the 7DII which i will presume they will release an update soon).

Here is the link to the software:

http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_5D_Mark_III.aspx

Just choose your operating system and language and all the latest software and updates will magically appear below.

After having a quick look at the DPP software it looks a massive improvement on the old one so I’m looking forward to seeing the details when I get round to having a play.

Ian

Christmas Gifts just for you!


As Christmas is just around the corner I have some great gift ideas for you.
Here are some high quality mounted prints.

They are selling fast so choose yours whilst they last!!

The 8″x8″ mounted prints are £8 each or 3 for £20.

The 16″x12″ mounted prints are @12 each or 3 for £30.

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In the above image they are 5″x5″ prints in 8″x8″ mounts.

From left to right, top to bottom they are:

White Ibis in flight
Scintillant Hummingbird
King Vulture
Collared Aracari
Brown hooded Parrot
Red legged Honeycreeper
Orange Tip butterfly
Sunflower
Red Squirrel
European Roller feather detail
Speckled Wood on statue
Puffin with sandeels

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In the above image they are 6″x6″ prints in 8″x8″ mounts.

From left to right, top to bottom they are:

European Bee-eater
Wing stretching Dunlin
Whiskered Tern carrying nesting material
Rufous tailed Hummingbird in flight (5″x5″ print in 8″x8″ mount)
Gannet over sea
White necked Jacobin in flight (5″x5″ print in 8″x8″ mount)
LIzard Orchid
Tree Frog silhouette

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In the above image they are 12″ x 8″ prints in a 16″ x 12″ mount.

In the portrait collection (left to right, top to bottom):
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Scintillant Hummingbird
Eurasian Hoopoe
Atlantic Puffin
Orange Tip butterfly
Specked Wood butterfly on statue
“Reg” the Orangutan

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In the above image they are 12″ x 8″ prints in a 16″ x 12″ mount.

In the landscape collection (left to right, top to bottom):
Red Squirrel
Pink footed Geese against sunset
Cottage in the Scottish Highlands
St Michaels Mount, Cornwall at sunset
White Ibis
Borneo sunset

Please contact me if you would like to buy one or all! 

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

Many thanks

Ian

230/365 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


One from the weekend at a falconry centre where a green background just didn’t cut it.  I decided to use a grey barn door behind the Peregrine Falcon as it acted as a very effective stormy cloud backdrop.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.

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Canon EOS 1D Mk4 and Canon ET 1000 N3 extension cable for sale


Hi all,

I have for sale my trusted Canon EOS 1D Mk4 for sale. it is in excellent condition and has been extremely very well looked after as it has looked after me.  It has 110,000 on its shutter life and sensor is perfectly clean.

Details of it are here: http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/genuine-canon-eos-1d-mark-4-1d4-1d-mk4-professional-camera-body/1083366696

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Also, I have a canon ET 1000 N3 10m extension lead in perfect condition that is for sale:

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/original-genuine-canon-et-1000-n3-10m-extension-cable/1083367133

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if anybody is interested, please either pass these links on or please get in touch with me.

Thanks