I always enjoy looking through past images… mostly because you can see how much improvement I have made over the years. Sometimes you come across images that stand out from the rest and using up to date processing technique brings them to life… thats exactly what I’ve done with this one. Its of a Spotted Flycatcher taken somewhere in Wales (it was that long ago I can’t remember!). When I looked at the exif data I had quite a shock… taken in July 2004 with a Canon 100-400mm and… wait for it…. a Canon EOS 300D!!
Whilst down at the coast yesterday I decided to have a short mini project on Black headed Gulls. I learnt a lot about their feeding behaviour and how to utilise this to gain better photographs. It was putting the autofocus system of the 5D mk3 to the test and I can honestly say it coped extremely well. It is certainly a project that I will be continuing. Here is one of the best from the day. Not perfect but I like the way the water is trickling down from the bird as it rises from the water.
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Glamorgan, Wales, February, 2013.
Canon 5D mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
Image no 075 is of a view you have from the Malvern Hills when looking west at sunset. The main hill at the top of the image is Hay Bluff, part of the Black Mountain landscape in Wales. It is approximately 60miles from the Malvern Hills. On clear days it is a prominent feature on the horizon.
To end the weekend, image 050, shows a Red Kite in full stretch. Such a beautiful bird to watch and always a pleasure to photograph as they soar around massive expanses of blue sky. Photographing this individual in late evening light, I waited till the bird started to bank, and fired off a round of shots as it got into the perfect position.
Red Kite, Milvus milvus, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, January, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.
Image 005 shows a diving Red Kite. These birds are absolutely beautiful in the right light but when they start to dive they will test even the most advanced autofocus system. Studying their movements before hand will surely help get sharper results.
Red Kite, Milvus milvus. Rhayader, Wales.
Canon 7D with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.