Oops! It appears that you have disabled your Javascript. In order for you to see this page as it is meant to appear, we ask that you please re-enable your Javascript!

Supermoon from Portugal

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestmail

Finally! I’ve managed to pick the camera up since moving to Portugal! It was a rush to get in the right spot (even though it’s in the land next to ours!).

I couldn’t turn down the Supermoon. It’s not the greatest quality shot but considering it was a bit of a rush to set everything up, I’m just happy to have a photo to show.

The photo is made up from 2 separate shots of the scene. One focused and metered on the Moon and the other on the landscape with a remote flash to light the ruin. A camera can’t capture a shot like this in one photo like the human eye can see it, so it’s the only way to capture it. The 2 shots have then been merged in Photoshop.

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Supermoon - {Flickr Link}

Continue reading >>

Portugal Here We Come!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestmail{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Sunset at Alvor - D7100, AF-S 10-24mm f/3.4-4.5 @ 10mm, f/11, ISO200, 1/30sec - {Flickr Link}

You may have noticed that it’s been a little quiet recently as posts and photos have sizzled out.

There is a reason for this and it’s not because I’ve lost my photo-mojo. Myself and partner Emma, along with her father, are relocating from the UK to Portugal permanently.

For me personally, it gives me the opportunity to take my photography to another level and once established in the Algarve I will be looking at spending a lot of time photographing the fantastic nature and wildlife that Portugal has to offer. The awesome Algarve Coast, the amazing sunsets, the stunning bird life, the dark skies and amazing landscape will all be in the lens.

We are now getting close to our move date and hopefully will be back soon with some amazing captures Portugal has to offer!

Rush Hour at the Feeders

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestmail

Just as an experiment, I pointed the camera at one our feed areas in the garden and set it to take a photo every 5 seconds. I left the camera for about an hour. Then I selected 60 shots and merged them to create this single shot. The sun was a bit too strong and still high in the sky, so the photo is a bit washed out, but not bad for an experiment.

It just goes to show how busy the feeders are!

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Rush Hour at the Buffet - D810, AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E @ 70mm, f/8, ISO400, Shutter speed varied from shot to shot - {Flickr Link}

Common Toad Waiting in Ambush

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestmail

Just had a great few minutes watching a Common Toad wedged between 2 rocks in the garden ambushing any Beetles in his range.

I grabbed the camera but as I was only working with light from my garden flood light it was difficult to get a pin sharp photo due to his throat movement and no chance of a tongue out ambush shot.

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Common Toad - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/8, ISO1000, 1sec - {Flickr Link}

Linnets spotted in the garden

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestmail

Over the last week I’ve spotted a pair of Linnets in the garden. Our back garden is mainly surrounded by Hawthorn seperating us from farmland so the perfect habitat for many birds including Linnets.

Today I spotted just the male frequenting the electric cable that feeds our house. As the sun was setting I decided to stick the camera out of an upstairs window to get a shot of him. As a complete fluke, he hopped on top of the Hawthorn right in my line of sight and a perfect angle to the setting sun.

I had a 1.4x teleconverter attached to my 500mm f/4 so expected a small amount of sharpness drop-off but still a shot I’m happy with.

There is no sign of the female, but it’s only the female that sits on the nest, so hopefully he’s just keeping lookout and bringing her food.

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Male Linnet - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 with TC-14III @ 700mm, f/8, ISO900, 1/800sec - {Flickr Link}
Male Linnet - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 with TC-14III @ 700mm, f/8, ISO900, 1/800sec - {Flickr Link}

Short Clip of a Badger (Video)

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestmail

Last night I set my Bushnell Natureview up on a track near to a local Badger Sett. I wasn’t after any footage to create a video, but just to try and monitor their activities.

I hope to hide out for some photos and wondered the time of day these Badgers are active. I only got one short clip and it was at 10pm which is far too late for photography (unless I use flash, which I’m not a fan of), but hope that they do surface around dusk. I will be planning some trips to hide out near the sett.

Its always a risk leaving trail cameras out overnight in case they get stolen, however, this was hidden away from any place people would be walking and it was still there this morning.

Bushnell Natureview
Bushnell Natureview

Badgers are protected by law and any disturbance to a sett is illegal, therefore, I’m carefully around what I do and where I do it. They have a very good sense of smell and in the short clip below you can see that it’s having a good sniff around where I pulled out some nettles to try and hide the camera.

{Remember to watch in HD if possible}

0