I was inside the house putting my mobile studio back into storage after a storm postponed a commercial shoot today and Emma was shouting from outside the front door; “Craig, quick grab your camera!”. She had uncovered an Iberian Midwife Toad that had decided to shelter near the front door, probably from the heavy rainstorm overnight.
It’s rare to see these tiny toads in the daylight, so I carefully placed it on a nearby rock and shot these photos before placing it in undergrowth for it to hide until darkness.
The tiny toads are amazing and at night have a high-pitched beeping noise. Rather than me type all the information again, take a look at my Algarve Resident article I wrote in November 2019.
In case you are wondering this was about just 40mm in length, the size of an adult.
16 days into 2021 and it’s not the fantastic year we all hoped. The pandemic situation is worsening and for me personally it has already provided many obstacles with my work, mainly the issues with the drone regulations.
This morning has really hit me with a huge slap, I was hidden photographing Common Chiffchaffs for this months Algarve Resident article when I broke cover briefly to make a change to the area I was shooting when I heard a snapping sound.
I turn around to see the tripod had sunk in the damp mud and fallen over with the tripod mount for the 500mm lens hitting a small rock. Whilst the lens, camera and tripod are fine, it did snap the tripod mount. I know from experience that this is an incredibly costly thing to have repaired as I have suffered a similar fate many years ago. The lens requires sending to the Nikon service centre in Barcelona to be stripped down as it is integral to the body.
I am now considering my options going forward as my Commercial side of photography is gaining more demand, this could spell the end of my nature photography as I cannot justify these repair costs…………
2021 hasn’t been a great start for me personally, with the ANAC delaying the EU-wide Drone regulations and then the issues surrounding shipping products to the UK. However, here is something that certainly cheered me up.
It’s a fresh edit of a shot of a female Common Kestrel with a mouse that I shot back in 2015 in Worcestershire, England. With processing software becoming far more advanced in the last 5 years, I took a new approach at processing this image.
I’m sure you’ll agree, she’s a stunner! Fancy her on your wall, then she is available to purchase in print.
I’ve had a number of prints purchased recently as gifts and have therefore decided to add a new Gift Voucher to the shop.
Gift Vouchers for prints are now available for both A3 and A4 sized prints which compliments the already available Dog Photo Shoot Gift Vouchers and Workshop Gift Vouchers. The voucher will come as a digital file for you to print and give to the recipient, on the voucher will be a code that can be used directly in the shop at the checkout stage. Click the image to view shop page.
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