Great White Egret

Yesterday I went to Blashford Lakes with my brother on a bright sunny winters day.  It does sort of sum up the trial and tribulations of an amateur bird photographer, as well as the final high.   Went in the first hide – the birds were on the far bank -miles away….went to the what I call the Bittern hide (South Ivy Lake I think it is) – it was

ISO-3200-Adjusted-100%

Up until recently I would never normally shoot shots of wildlife above ISO 400.  Preferring that ISO as a maximum that I would get away with.  On my 50D I would occasionally go to 640 at a push, but found them fairly noisy, so kept 400 as my normal max.  However with some recent posts on the forums and especially some on the Pixalo.com, I decided to try out higher

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (4)

Garston Wood is a great place to go for blue bells, and this year was no exception. On one visit I tried a couple of new techniques, which my brother had attempted. I was not convinced on what he was doing at the time he took the shots, but on seeing the results I decided to give it a try with Fuji Sensia 100 slide film. First, is the use

Oxeye Daisies in Colour Infrared.

As a macro and infrared enthusiast photographer, what better way than to photograph when combining the two photographic disciplines ! So on a recent visit to Alners Gorse butterfly reserve this summer, I just went armed with my Infrared Converted 20D Camera and a 100mm macro lens and a tripod.  (A slight lie – I took a normal colour camera too – just in case of something special).  My 20D

Helicon-Stack

In the second of my series of tutorial articles looking at stacking software, I take a look at focus stacking with Helicon Focus from Helicon Soft. Again I am just going to let the software do all the work, the only tweaking being some dust and noise adjustments on the final image which I cropped slightly round the edges due to the odd artifact showing and to improve the image

And they're off

Took a visit to Stanpit Marshes on Sunday, on a cold -2C February afternoon.  The weather was fairly overcast and the tide fairly far out but I did manage to record the following images of the local wildlife.

Longstock

Towards the end of last year I was made aware of this Variable ND filter from 7 day shop which offers a variable ND filter range of between 2-8 stops.   The price for this at the time was £33 for a 77mm fit filter.  Much cheaper than other options I had seen such as the Big Stopper.  Although that filter does do 10 Stops. The advantage of a ND