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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Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra


I’m in Hungary at the moment and as the weather is raining with 25mph winds I have stayed in to go through the images from the last few days of photography. On the first day I used the car as a hide and drove around the country lanes to see what i could find.  Different birds react in varying ways when approached slowly by car but Corn Bunting are quite easy to get close to.  This Corn Bunting was the first bird of the day and just minutes after the sun had appeared along the horizon.  i like how the pink hues are still in the sky and the low sun is rim lighting the bird. Worthwhile getting up early for.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 1.4x III converter.  Car as hide.
1/160s, f/5.6 @ ISO800.
Please click on image to enlarge.

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152/365 Spider


Whilst walking around a woodland this morning trying to photograph butterflies (I’ve used the word ‘trying’ for a reason as it was a very unsuccesful trip!!!) I entered a shadowed area of the woodland where tiny rays of light were filtering through the canopy.  As I walked through, I came across a spider web that was glinting in these rays.  Thinking to myself that would make a nice photograph but thinking the lighting was nowhere near enough good for photography I nearly continued on my journey.  Luckily, I like a challenge and thought that the butterflies were not playing ball so decided to have a go! 
If you can imagine this web was the size of a jam jar lid and the spider was about 5mm long!  (I’d missed the spider at first as it was so small).  This web was moving up and down at about 20mm range and backwards and forwards so I didnt think at all that any of these images would come out sharp.
So to recap…  we have a small web, small spider, moving target and low light…. all great conditions for macro photography! 😉
Anyway, I perservered and I’m glad I did. 
Due to the low light I had to boost the ISO up to 2000 and because I wanted a fairly fast shutter speed I decided to use a large aperture of f/3.5 giving me a resulting shutter speed of 1/200 sec.  Due to the background being so dark, I knew from experience that the camera would expose off this, instead of the 5% of the frame that the spider occupied.  If I had photographed this at 0 compensation the image would have been completely over exposed as the camera would have metered for the background resulting in a very slow shutter speed giving me a glowing bright white spider and web.  Instinct took over and I knew that I had to reduce the exposure compensation by at least -2.  Trial shots resulted in me dialing in – 2 1/3 compensation to get a correct exposure on the spider and web, plunging the background into darkness. 
The ray of light was so small that I actually missed the shot as sorting the camera out and finding the correct settings had left the spider in shadow.  I now had to wait for the next ray of light to come and light the web up.  After a 15 minute wait (and following several rays of light across the woodland floor hoping for it to have the right track  to the web) I finally had what I had seen in the first place with the web being spot lit by a tiny single ray of light.  I’m so glad I waited as for me, this image is probably one of the best I’ve taken. For me, I would probably put it down to luck as it could have gone completely the other way but I’m really glad I stopped to try and achieve what I was seeing.  Regardless of how difficult a situation may be, I think this proves there can always be a happy ending. 😉

This image is better viewed larger so please click on the image.

Spider, Worcestershire, July, 2012.
Canon 5d MK3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.
1/200s @ f/3.5, ISO 2000 and -2 1/3 E/V

 

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.

 

When the light is too low for photography……


…..get artistic!!!

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.