054/365 Osprey Pandion haliaetus


Egypt is a key migration route for birds travelling back and forth from Africa to Europe each year. We travelled to the Red Sea in April to observe the start of the spring migration with birds returning back to their breeding grounds.
Todays image, 054, is an Osprey perched on a flag out to sea. Although not a very attractive perch and taken in very harsh light, it was great to wade out and get really close to such a magnificent creature. I was photographing it for about 10mins altogether, watching it preen and make sure its feathers were in top condition for the flight north. Not wanting to waste its energy, I left it alone to continue preening. A wonderful experience.

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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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.

 

010/365


Yesterdays image was a portrait of a Crocus flower, so today image 010 is another portrait in the form of this Puffin with a beakful of sandeels.

I wanted to get as large an image as possible so I opted to use my 500mm lens with a 1.4x and a 25mm extension tube. The 25mm extension tube reduces the minimum focusing distance of the lens by 25% (if you were using a 36mm it would reduce by 36% etc but you would lose more light entering the lens. With the 500mm the minimum focussing distance is 4.5m so I could have moved to 3.37m away with the extension on). Looking at the exif data I was 4.6m away from the subject and the settings were 1/1250th sec @ f/8.0 and ISO 800. In hind site the closer wing is still out of focus, so I should have used around f/16 to keep everything in focus. The shutter speed would have dropped to 1/320th but the backdrop of the sea was still far enough away to keep it nice and clean. This puffin was stationary so I could have got away with this shutter speed and just chosen my moment to take the picture between head turns. I was that close to this individual you can see me in the reflection of its eye and the other people standing around me. Check out the 100% crop underneath!

Puffin, Fratercula arctica, Farne Islands, Northumberland, July, 2011.
Canon 1d Mk4, Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens, with Canon 1.4xII converter and Canon 25mm extension tube. (I do use a lot of canon gear!! lol 😉 )