Jan 2013

Self-portrait



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Woodland Birds.

I always enjoy a quick trip down to the woods to photograph the tits and finches. Today I was treated to one of the prettiest Robin’s I’ve seen for some time too.

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Low key lighting with Jane.

Had another go at mastering low key portraits. Very pleased with how these turned out again.

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Low key lighting with Indra.

Took these this evening with my new lighting set up.
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Tangled Snow

Tangled Snow
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Aldeburgh

I had just 30 mins to eat a marmite sandwich and grab some shots during my lunch break today. Quite pleased with how these turned out given the (lack of) time. Not so pleased with the indigestion that followed.

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Fishing Boat
The Cat and Gull
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Oscar Working the Camera. Again.

Oscar never tires of posing for me, or maybe he does but he’s just too loyal to mention it, either way, other’s in the house could learn a lot from him!

This time he was keen to help with a new portrait Macro lens that I bought. I’ve only used it once so far but I’m really impressed already. Wonderfully sharp and great colours. Now I just need some more willing models.

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Pensthorpe

 

Today I took a stroll around the footpaths and trails of Pensthorpe. For anyone that doesn’t know the area, Pensthorpe is in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. It is part of the beautiful upper reaches of the Wensum Valley. Some may remember that a few years back the BBC chose to film their highly popular series Spring Watch here.

They have several hides looking out over the lakes and scrapes but the hide that I find most interesting is the woodland one. Set in a 200 year old wood it is home to the usual array of tits and finches but if you are lucky (and patient!) it can and will throw a surprise or two.

Today I was treated to a Muntjac deer feeding just a few feet away from the hide and then a Woodpecker flew in for a free feed. However, the highlight for me were the Nuthaches. They are fascinating to watch. They are able to hang on to branches at seemingly impossible angles, occasionally even completely upside down.


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Thirsty

I took this shot whilst wandering around Norwich with my favourite 50mm prime lens mounted to the front of my camera. I liked the original colour version but somehow it seemed to “pop” even more when converted to black and white.

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