I’ve dabbled with handmade greeting cards over the past few years for friends and family but it was about time I started to produce these on a more commercial basis. Well it’s now happened and the first 10 greeting cards are available to buy directly from myself. The designs are listed below:
Portraits from left to right:
IBP001 Red Fox
IBP004 Red Kite
IBP005 Red Squirrel
IBP006 Bornean Orangutan
Landscapes from left to right
IBP007 St Michael’s Mount
IBP008 Pink-footed Geese
IBP009 Borneo Sunset
IBP010 Great Malvern Priory
Cost: £2.00 plus p&p
The front image is sized A5 (half of an A4)
Printed on thick 300gsm card with a soft silk finish and luxury white envelope.
All cards are left blank inside for your own message.
They are really excellent quality and I’m very proud to add them to my product collection. If you would like to order any of these designs either contact me directly or go to my website in the gallery section under Greeting Cards.
Photographers often say that the best photographs are taken close to home and I have to agree with this.
I would really like to describe how I trekked miles in to a remote ancient woodland and fought off three bears for this image but it would be far from the truth as the location was in the garden. The garden is very wildlife friendly and a section of it in the spring is covered by a yellow carpet of Lesser Celandine. The celandine is from the Ranunculus family which holds around 600 species including the buttercups. I particularly liked this image with the composition and depth of field.
Canon 5D Mk3 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens with angle finder.
Handheld. 1/250s, f/4 at ISO400.
Whilst waiting for bee-eaters to land on a perch in front of the hide, a Little Owl surprised me by landing on it instead. A little squeak from myself got it looking straight down the barrel of my lens, but it soon lost interest when it realised I wasn’t food. Great to see it at short range.
Little Owl, Athena noctua, Hungary, July, 2013
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with 1.4xIII converter. 1/250s at f/5.6 at ISO1250.
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Photographing in local towns and cities is something I tend not to do on a regular basis. Sometimes though, a particular scene catches your eye and you think, giving the right situations, the possibility for a special image is there. Most major cities will have their own local colony of Lesser Black backed Gulls. This is the same for Worcester. Passing the River that runs parallel to Worcester on several occasions I noticed that at certain times of day some of these gulls would have their daily preening session. I’d also noticed the reflections of the buildings on the opposite side of the river. I planned the photography to be done during the best weather conditions to make the most of the situation. The image below is one of my favourites from the session. Its definitely a place I will be going again as there are plenty of possibilities to be had here.
Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus, Worcester, Worcestershire.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
With interest in yesterdays post, todays post 109, is just the reflection in the water from the willow tree. Its amazing what sort of textures and patterns you can get in the water from here. I always stop by this particular location to see what is available in the autumn.
Willow tree reflection in water.
Canon 1d mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
I’ve been editing some images recently and came across this one I took last autumn. I really like this image as its so rich in textures and colours. Its of a drake Mallard and is very chilled out sitting underneath this over hanging Willow tree.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Gloucestershire. 2011.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.
As always, please click on the image to enlarge.
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.