New Square Greeting Cards


New greeting cards just sent off for printing including 10 new designs! Will be available to buy from next week. Watch this space!
All greeting cards will be square and 148mm in size.

New designs include (from top left to bottom right):

Yacht at Sunrise
European Bee-eaters
Poppies
Great Malvern Priory in snow
Mute Swan with cygnets
Poppies and Cornflowers
Puffin
Robin in snow
Spoonbill
Sunflower
Tawny Owl
Whooper Swan in snow

Please contact me if you are interested.

New Greeting Cards

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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 😉 )