Last weekend was supposed to be a weekend of fast action and quick reflexes with a boat trip booked to photograph the diving gannets from the sea at Bempton Cliffs. Unfortunately, the 30mph westerly winds put a quick stop to that and the boat trip was cancelled for safety reasons. Up to the top of the cliffs it was then!
With Bempton Cliffs being an extremely popular location with photographers, I wanted to take some more unusual images and this is one I really liked of two Gannets in a courtship display against the rising sun.
Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus
Canon 1Dx with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with Canon 1.4x converter.
1/4000s at f/8 at ISO200
Please click below for larger image.
Another quick image whilst I have internet. You just cant come to the rainforest without getting a picture of a frog in silhouette against a banana leaf. So heres mine! 🙂
Canal Zone Tree Frog, Hypsiboas rufitelus, Costa Rica, January, 2014.
Following on from the previous post and not wanting to miss the first appearance of the Osprey I moved around to the opposite side of the reservoir. The mist was still apparent but no where as thick as it was. I noticed a female Tufted Duck bathing in the water and knew that she would flap her wings after she had finished. Setting up, it was just a matter of waiting. She was fairly distance so opted for a more minimalistic approach to the image.
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5dMK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and 1.4x II converter.
Getting up early sometimes gives you the edge over images taken later in the day. Wanting to photograph the osprey in one of the previous posts (here), I was on site about 20mins before sunrise. Looking at the weather forecast the night before and expecting a clear blue sky (which it was), what I didn’t realise was that the reservoir was going to have a very thick layer of mist hanging over the top of it. Within an hour this mist was gone, being burnt off by the heat of the sun. Knowing that the best pictures would be taken through the mist towards the sun I positioned myself in the best spot and waited for the sun to come up over the horizon. To say it was fantastic was an understatement. I would have been more than happy just to watch this scene unfold in front of me with mysterious shapes and shadows dancing around in the mist being backlit by the rising sun. Im just glad there was a fair bit of activity with gulls and ducks making fairly regular appearances and coming within camera range for a decent photograph.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Upton Warren, Worcestershire, September, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
It is difficult to get sharp images of flying birds against sunsets purely due to the low light levels available. Pushing the camera ISO to 1000 I managed to get 1/1000th sec to get these Pochard silhouetted against a colourful sky.
Pochard, Aythya ferina, Norfolk, November, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Spending part of the New Year period with some close friends in Somerset allowed me to visit some new places for photography. New Years Day was going to be crisp and frosty which normally leads to a really stunning sunset so a visit to Sand Point was needed. Walking to the end of the point allowed an uncluttered view over the estuary towards Flat Holm and Steep Holm. The colours in the sky were really intense and was well worth the visit. After getting the pictures I wanted of the sunset, I started to walk back in the near darkness watching the hues of the sunset just hinting above the horizon to what colours they were just half an hour before. Knowing that the colours of the sky would still be picked out by the cameras sensitive sensor, but also knowing that it was too dark to get static pictures I started to get artistic! The results are below. What do you think? More images of this session will be appearing on ALAMY soon so please keep checking the link to the right.
If anybody wants to know how I captured the first two images (or any images for that matter) then please get in touch.
All of the images seen here (or on Alamy, or my website) can be purchased as prints or canvases. Please get in touch for more details.