Article: How to photograph Black Redstart

I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart

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 ūüėČ

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

Project: Green Hairstreak Butterfly

Following on from my last project with the Orange Tip butterfly, the next species that I knew had recently emerged was this bright green butterfly called a Green Hairstreak.  This butterfly emerges around the Malverns around the last week of April where it can be seen basking on gorse or bracken.  Completely irridescent green on the underside of the wings it is a surprise when it flies as it reveals a medium brown upperside.  Bit of a contrast!
I wanted to try something different with this individual so I tried¬†photographing it in the studio.¬† Although the white background doesn’t look natural I was pleased with how these images came out.
Any feedback on these would be great!