Temporary Reflection Pool Setup

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Update: Since this post I have now built a large permanent Reflection Pool. Blog post available HERE.

You may remember a post a few days back where I said that I’d bought a Greenhouse Tray. Well it was to build a temporary Reflection Pool in the garden.

I set it up tonight, excuse the photos as it was starting to get dark when I finished (6:30pm and it’s starting to get dark!!! Grrrrr!).

As you can see from the photos the tray is mounted on some DIY A-Frames and I’ve made a shallow area in which I hope the birds will visit. At the back out of sight I’ve put some Suet and Peanuts to try and tempt them. It’s setup near the bird feeders, so hopefully, it’ll be an easy temptation.

The only thing that worries me is that the tray isn’t long enough and either I can’t fit a full reflection in or you’ll see the front edge of the tray in shot.

DIY Reflection Pool
DIY Reflection Pool
Shallow end
Shallow end
Food to tempt the birds
Food to tempt the birds



I’ll leave it for a day or two for the birds to get used to it and then see what I get.

Here’s an idea on what a Reflection Pool gives, again, not great quality as it was really bad light.

Reflection Pool
Reflection Pool
Reflection Pool
Reflection Pool
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Automatically Back Up Lightroom Catalogues When You Logoff From Windows (Video)

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If like me you have many different catalogues within Lightroom then you might get lazy when it comes to backing up your Lightroom Catalogues. As you may know, the catalogue stores all of the non-destructive editing carried out on your photos. Lose the catalogue and you lose the edits. Catalogues have to be stored locally and therefore is not easy to have them stored on resilent network storage such as a NAS.

I was getting concerned that I didn’t backup my catalogues often enough and decided to fix it once and for all and even turn off the backup notifications in Lightroom. I created a simple method to automatically backup any changes to my catalogues each time I log off or shut down my PC, please note, it doesn’t run if you just sleep or hibernate. As I’ve got an SSD in my PC it boots so quickly that I always shut it down when not using it.

Yes, this is important, I said “my PC”, I’m not a MAC user so this is not relevant to MACs but I suspect there is something similar available. Although I’m using Windows 10, this method should still work for 7 and 8. Please note, you require access to the Group Policy Editor, this is not available in “Home” versions of Windows and requires you are running a “Pro” version of Windows.

I’ve recorded a How To Video complete with written instructions below

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Have I gone all Green-fingered????

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Greenhouse Tray - Photo from www.3ch.co.uk
Greenhouse Tray – Photo from www.3ch.co.uk
No, not really, but I have ordered a jumbo sized Greenhouse Tray similar to the one in the photo.

It’s for my next garden photo project and no, I’ve not got a Greenhouse.

All will be revealed when it arrives and I begin building.

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Thanks Nikon for Standardising Batteries

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MH-25a Charger (Photo from Nikon Europe's Website)
MH-25a Charger (Photo from Nikon Europe’s Website)
I’m booked on a triple hide day tomorrow with Nikon School and Chris Gomersall. I’m taking both the D810 (with the 300mm with 1.7x and 2x Teleconverters) and D7100 (with 80-400mm) as a backup. As I use battery grips on both cameras it means 4 batteries in total to charge.

So I get both chargers out and set them up to charge. I plugged the MH-25a (supplied with the D810) in and inserted a battery and although it charges, there is a loud sparking noise coming from it and a nice smell of burning electronics.

Luckily, the D810 and D7100 both use the same EN-EL15 Battery so the MH-25 charger that comes with the D7100 (notice the “a” missing, I’m led to believe it just has a slightly lower power output) can charge all 4 batteries.

So a big thanks to Nikon for standardising their batteries throughout their range. I’ll give Wex Photographic a call to get this charger sent off for repair/replacement.

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Aerial Footage of a local Fox

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Fox from the Phantom
Fox from the Phantom
I was out doing some test flights of my new DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone this afternoon, flying over the fields behind the house when I noticed some movement on the ground. At first, I thought it was one of our Cats, but then I saw the big bushy tail so I descended to get a better view.

At first, the Fox was a bit scared but it was due to the drone flying at full speed so was quite noisy, so after slowing right down it didn’t seem that bothered that I was following it around.

As the video progresses, I get a bit closer with a great tracking shot near the end.

Early days and I’ve a lot to learn with both flying and capturing footage, but looking forward to more photos and videos from this great piece of equipment.

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Mount a lens backwards to make a Macro Lens?

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If you mount a normal lens backwards on a camera body, it becomes a great closeup Macro lens. If you think how a lens works, it’s no real surprise that this is the case.

A lens captures a large scene and projects it onto a small sensor (or film!) inside the camera. Therefore, by mounting it backwards, it does the opposite by projecting something small magnified onto the sensor.

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Moving Home - Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) - D810, AF-D 50mm f/1.8 reverse mounted with a Nikon BR-2A Reverse Ring @ 50mm, f/22, ISO1000, 1/6sec - {Flickr Link}
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