214/365 Banana Leaf

Well, five weeks in to the trip in Costa Rica and it has been a very interesting experience to date.  Im now currently sitting on the veranda of the Pedacito de Cielo lodge that overlooks the San Carlos river with the Nicaraguan border just 3 miles away.  I have 10 Iguanas to the right of where Im sitting with a very large amorous male that is shaking his head so much at the females that I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen off yet.  We have just witnessed a Black and White Hawk Eagle take an Orange chinned Parrot and was plucking it on a branch about 20m away.  We have 126 species of bird seen (with about another 10 I have still to identify from blurry photographs).

As I’m feeling quite relaxed I thought I would post an abstract image of a banana leaf that was backlit by the setting sun.

214/365 Banana Leaf

163/365 Gannet

An image from South Uist when I was photographing in a force 6 gale! These gannets were mesmerising to watch as they used different flying techniques to move over the ocean. The ‘shearwater’ technique of flying was most popular to get through the gales. I found a large boulder on the beach to hunker down behind to get out of the wind and spent at least 2 hours photographing their comings and goings. This image is one of the more abstract of the series and is actually a colour image. If you look very carefully you can still the yellow colour on the head of the gannet.

Gannet, Sula bassana, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, September, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x II converter.

082/365 Avocet Recurvirosta avosetta

Todays image is completely different from yesterdays in terms of lighting. Yesterdays image was against a strong colourful backdrop producing a silhouette effect. Todays image of an Avocet was taken on a very dull, overcast day. Rather than having an image looking very flat and lifeless, I overexposed it massively to try and get a high key image and produce an image that was worthwhile keeping.

Avocet, Recurvirosta avosetta, Cley, Norfolk, September, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x extender.

051/365 Dunlin abstract

To start the week, image 051, is a slow shutter speed image of a small group of Dunlin whizzing along a coastal headland. I’m creating these abstract images more and more and prefer them to the static shots I would usually take. There are many ways to get a slower shutter speed with your camera. This was photographed at around 1/60th sec. I usually shoot in Av mode on my Canon camera, so reducing the ISO to 50 and increasing the aperture value allows me to shoot slow shutter quite easily, depending on the ambient light. The hardest part is panning in perfect speed with the birds flying in order to get their heads sharp and these birds are not exactly slow 😉

Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Somerset. January, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

041/365 Kota Kinabalu Sunset

Image 041 is a ‘regular’ sunset from Kota Kinabalu.  Due to Mt Kinabalu dominating the weather systems in Borneo, there is always a lot of cloud about during sun set.  This makes for great images every night of the week. Heres another one of my favourites.

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens.

040/365 Kota Kinabalu abstract sunset

One for yesterday… 😉

Looking through my images to see what to post next,  I found this one which I completely forgot about taking.  Utilising a slow shutter speed and panning movement, I captured a variety of images using different shutter speeds.  I’ve done this in the past with wide angle lenses such as the 17-40mm or 24-70mm but this one was taken with my 500mm!  It shows you can do landscape photogrpahy with a supertelephoto! This is one of my favourites and has a very soothing quality about it.  Maybe its the smoothness of the scene or just the pastel like colours. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.



To bring me to date, image 004 is of an abstract landscape that was taken down at Sand Point in Somerset.  This was taken by using a slow shutter speed and panning the camera from left to right.  Its interesting what results you can get in low light.

Canon 1d Mk4, Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 lens, handheld.