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I've always liked photography, and for years used a number of Canon and Minolta film cameras. I sold the lot in 2003 and bought a Nikon Coolpix 4500, but soon decided that a digital SLR was what I really needed.

Since 2004 I've been through various Canon cameras and lenses including two EOS 20Ds, an EOS 30D, an EOS 40D, an EF 400mm f/5.6L, and an EF 300mm f/2.8L IS before finding myself with the following which I use at the moment:


EF 500mm f/4L IS
EF 1.4x II extender
Kenko 1.4x DG extender
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO DG
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS HSM
Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4
Samyang 14mm f/2.8

Speedlite 550EX
Macrolite MR-14EX sundry other gubbins.

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Loony bird

Every now and then a Great Northern Diver pops up at a local reservoir and we all get to have good views of it (except at Chew). The latest one was a particularly improbable bird that arrived three weeks ago not on a large body of water but on a small park lake in the middle of Cheltenham. Even better, it was an adult moulting into summer plumage.

Even at close range, photographing a black and white bird on water can be a particularly unrewarding experience if it's done in the kind of shitty light we've been having lately, so I took a gamble that it would hang around and waited for some sunshine.

It would be great to think that this one would hang around long enough for it to attain full summer kit. You can make out the green iridescent head feathers coming through on some of the shots - it'll looking stunning in a few weeks.



It snowed! So I popped out with the camera after work. Predictable, I know but it was the quickest place to get to. The snow on the ground gave some remarkable reflected light at dusk, turning the sky from purple to orange. The third shot of the bridge has a bit of HDR to accentuate the colours, but the last shot of the gorge isn't far off what came out of the camera. Looks like an old school sepia print.

All of these with the Samyang 14mm. Click to enlarge.


Glaucous Gull

Normally the only opportunity I get to look at an Arctic white-winger is at ridiculously long range in the Chew gull roost, and even then barely once a year if I'm lucky. So news of a Glaucous Gull coming to bread at Burnham-on-Sea gave me a chance to see and photograph one at a more comfortable distance. So comfortable in fact, I had to move backwards to get it all in the frame. The closest I've ever been to one...

More on Flickr.


Back to work

I took the last opportunity during the final daylight hours of the Christmas/New Year break to take a few snaps; after days of miserable rain, this afternoon looked good for a clearish sky at dusk so I had a quick go with that Samyang 14mm I bought a few months ago.

Despite its maligned distortion characteristics (which I haven't really encountered yet), the lens is great value. The resolution in particular is brilliant. So often with the 7D, pictures taken with my Sigma zoom, or anything other than top glass don't quite cut the mustard at 100%, but this one is great. The shot below has a reasonable amount of cropping; it isn't full frame, but on the original files you can clearly make out the word 'Isambard' on the top of the bridge tower.


New gallery

I've added a new gallery of Bristol photos - please click on the picture below if you fancy a look.

I've also taken the opportunity to update my other galleries on the website as well; all the pages now have better thumbnails and the photos themselves (all 296 of them) now have captions.


Purple Sands (etc)

Thought I'd make the most of the fine weather and look for the Purple Sandpipers at Portishead this morning. Every winter a small flock of these seasidey waders is seen on the rocks at Battery Point; the previous weekend there had been a record count of nine, so I had high hopes of getting a good number of pics in the nice morning light.

Just my luck then, that this morning only one was there, on the dark, shady side of the point. I only managed one shot of it. Bugger. Luckily it flew around to the rocks by the beach and I was able to take a few more of it in the sunshine. The birds should be there through the winter until early May, so there should be plenty of other chances.

If you fancy a go at them during the winter, you must be there at high tide. Nobody knows where they go at other times. A morning tide is best as the light will be behind you, and to get close to the birds, which are pretty tame if you approach them carefully, you must go on to the rocks. Be careful as the rocks are very slippery; if you have wellies in the car, put them on as there's a pretty good chance that wherever you want to put your foot as you clamber out to the point, it'll be in a rock pool.

You might also get shots of Turnstones and Rock Pipits as well.

Afterwards I went to Steart to look for a Temminck's Stint. It was very elusive and I only saw it four times in flight in the first couple of hours I was there, but luckily it did land for ten minutes and I was able to grab a few shots. An optimistic detour on the way home to photograph an epic sunset at Burnham-on-Sea Lighthouse just ended up with sand and clouds.

More from today on Flickr.


Buff-bellied Pipit

An afternoon trip to see the American Buff-bellied Pipit at Queen Mother Reservoir. The site is private, but members of the Berkshire Ornithological Club have been at the gate all weekend issuing permits to those who want to see the pipit. The res itself is just like the one at Cheddar; a big concrete bowl with a path around the perimeter.

Except that had the bird been at Cheddar we would barely have seen it, as it would have been constantly flushed by an endless stream of dog walkers and inconsiderate twats - the typical weekend peril of countless uncontrolled mutts charging along the wall on their way to piss and shit in the water.

It was just about the most confiding rare bird I've ever been to see; it was walking up and down the reservoir wall at distances down to one metre! Unfortunately despite being really tame, it was a complete bugger to photograph as it never stopped moving. In all the time I was there it must have been still for all of three seconds.

With the fact that it kept in the shade under the embankment adding to the problem, I had to use ISO 1000 just to get anything like a decent shutter speed. Should have bumped it up a bit more, really; not for the first time this year I've thought I might be better off with a 5D Mark III. Still, I did manage a few half-decent shots; the best of a generally bad bunch are shown below.

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