To capture the essence helps to capture its soul. The Island of Mull for me remains one of my favourite places on the planet. I cannot wait to go back.
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As a photographer it is good to focus on common species once in a while. In fact why now take a common species and focus on it as a long term project. You may be surprised by the results.
A few mornings ago I was up bright and breezy (well I was after a large caffeine injection) and out into the morning mist. I had decided to stay reasonably local and check out one of the local Fens no more than 3 miles from where I live. It's actually also a favourite spot of mine when I need to get a few miles on softer ground into my week's running schedule. I was actually on the trail of the illusive Watervole (partly to do with photography and partly to do with a survey that I am taking part in)
Sadly no voles to speak of, but my morning was certainly not a waste as I was able to watch a pair of Marsh Harriers flying for around an hour. Watched the male pass the female a few items of prey as well, which is part of their courtship routine. Such beautiful birds and I'm always happy to see them right on my local patch.
I really hope they are successful in breeding this season. Always an absolute joy to watch.
The image below is actually one from last year this time down at Burwell Fen. I love watching birds of prey hunt over the misty fens. Very evocative, don't you think?
While visiting the Woodland hide at an organised Northshots weekend in Scotland I decided to have a bit of fun with the Canon 1DX high ISO capabilities. Now, I was already very familiar with the 1DX's ability on high ISO as I regularly shoot at ISO4000 at football matches. Still it's always fun to push the limits and I have to admit that I was very impressed with an ISO 20,000 shot (yes that is twenty thousand ISO) ...
Yes, there is noise Mr Pixel Peeker, but in situations when you want to shoot a record shot and the light is very bad, then this will be very useful indeed.
And of course with a program such as Lightroom you can clean this up a bit to make it more presentable. Arguably even more than a standard record shot.
Below a 100% zoom/crop of the unedited 20k ISO image.
A baby Oystercatcher runs back to mum for some protection from the Great Black Backed Gulls on the island of Skokholm. The Great Black Backed Gulls are the Alpha predator on the island.
Skokholm remains one of my all time favourite places to visit. Of course the main attraction in summer are the Puffins, but the island is brimming full of other birds as well. Sadly missing a visit of Skokholm in 2015 but hope to return in 2016.
Twas a windy day down at Bettys Bay, South Africa. We had mainly gone to see the Penguins that reside there (and I have to admit much better views of Penguins that at the more popular Boulders Beach). The Cape Cormorants also nest down there and gave some impressive fly-bys. The Cape cormorant or Cape shag (Phalacrocorax capensis) is a bird endemic to the southwestern coasts of Africa. Such beautiful birds, especially the colours around the face.