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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.

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A few leaves

It won't be long before the leaves fall off and everything goes brown for the winter, so I tried my hand at a little habitat photography this weekend whilst we still have some greenery around the place.

The first two were taken with a Samyang 14mm on a 5D3 at Chew. I've been meaning to try some canopy shots for a while but you really need an ultra-wide angle on a full-frame to get the right effect. Both of them are tonemapped to try and keep some of the colour range; I'm not sure I've got all I can from these but I quite liked them for a first effort.

The next are the old autumn favourite - leafmines. If you can find some that are still tenanted with larvae then so much the better - the top one in particular was good value as there were four mines in the same bramble leaf, each with its own mini caterpillar still inside. I could quibble with that one bottom left which has munched his way across the vein and spoilt the balance of the composition but I won't hold it against him.

These were all taken at home with the leaves on a lightbox - it's surprisingly easy to do, although you can tape them to a window against the sunlight and do them that way if you don't mind faffing about. You need to keep them as flat as possible though, as the depth of field at 1:1 is so shallow, the slightest bend in the leaf will cause parts of it to be out of focus. The three below are all caterpillars of the micromoth Ectoedemia rubivora, feeding in bramble leaves. What messy eaters they are.

The one below is a poplar-feeding moth, Stigmella trimaculella. I've taken these back for a picture before and found that the larva has evacuated the mine not long after the leaf has been removed, so I did this one straight away in the field using the hastily thought-up 'car window method'...


'The Greatest Dog Show on Earth'

Every Bristoller will know that all through the summer there has been a Gromit art trail in Bristol. 80 fibreglass Gromits painted by various artists and celebs were dotted about all over the place, and to say that they were popular would be an understatement.

After the trail finished, all 80 statues were on show in a six-day exhibition in Clifton; at one point the admission queue was six hours yesterday, but we 'only' waited 2 3/4 hours to get in this morning.

So below you will find a few shots from the exhibition and some of the Gromits at locations across the city. You can see more in my set at Flickr.



Not before time, a few bird shots. It would have been sooner, had the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Davidstow not buggered off minutes before my arrival on Wednesday.

Anyway, some nice views of Green Sandpiper and Little Egret at Chew today. The water level is dropping, which is a good thing as this brings in waders and ducks, but it also has the effect of moving the birds farther away from the lake edge as the shoreline retracts.


Platform 9 3/4

A bit of night photography, as is my occasional wont.

When I was processing the top one it reminded me of the old Harry Potter 'Platform 9 3/4' choo-choo scenes. But then I noticed the platform number, and that someone's sprayed 3/4 into the platform wall above the track! This is a shot I could never have managed as well as this with my 7D, and probably wouldn't have even attempted... a moving subject at night at ISO 3200, f/1.4. It's a big old crop as well.

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