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Silhouetting at Sunset

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I was wandering around the garden with the 300mm f/2.8 and 1.4x Teleconverter trying to capture some garden birds in the golden hour when I saw the sun setting behind a big old Oak Tree that we have. At 500mm the “lens compression” gives the illusion of the sun appearing larger than it is and the backlight the sun is creating gives the tree a nice silhouette. Personally, I think this type of photography is possibly one of the simplest and gives a powerful shot.

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Oak Sunset. D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO100, 1/4000 - {Flickr Link}

Land Rover Owner/Britpart 2016 Calendar

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As an owner and fanatic of the Land Rover Defender (you can often see me out in the countryside on Greenlanes) the Land Rover Owner/Britpart Calendar competition last year was a great challenge, I also had a use for the £200 prize to spend on Britpart goodies!

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January 2015 LRO/Britpart Calendar Image - {Flickr Link}
January 2015
January 2015

I never hid the fact that my winning entry was heavily photoshopped. The actual photo was taken in the day and the shot of the Milky Way was taken from my garden. Both images where merged as layers in Photoshop and then I set to work making it look like night time and adding the effect of the lights being turned on.
So, can I do it again this year? The entries are now open and I’ve already got the idea for a photo and this year I can hopefully do it without the help of Photoshop. I just need to find the perfect location.

Edited photos from today’s Solar Eclipse

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I can’t believe how lucky we were in the Midlands this morning with the clear skies. Only right at the end did the clouds obscure the sun/moon combo which is why I’ve not got a 6th photo. You’ll notice that some of the shots are right down at f/40, never thought I’d be shooting that stopped down, but it seemed to work just fine. If you look at the first photo closely, you can see some dark Sun Spots.

This is one great thing with the Nikon D7100, it shoots at a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec which certainly helped today.

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Partial Eclipse. D7100, AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, f/40, ISO100, 1/8000, ND8 and Circ Pol filters - {Flickr Link}
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