I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

TERNED AWAY (20/07/10)

This morning I decided to walk up to the Tees Barrier, hopefully to get some pictures of Salmon or Sea Trout using the fish ladder. It was not to be we were denied access due to major construction work.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   This is as close as we got…………….This image is exposure blended using Photomatix then the sky dodged and burned.

On the way back I spent a happy half hour watching the antics of Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns. Some of these images leave much to be desired but considering the light as good as I could manage.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’m not sure what this is. A juvenile Black-headed Gull I’ll settle for…………………………………………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Here are two more…………….Oh! And a fish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    Blackheaded Gull………….These were all behaving themselves today so not as entertaining as they can be.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  A Common Tern………………………………………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd another…………………………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA That’s all for today, heavy rain is forecast so I will do what I should have done yesterday and give the van a good clean. Also do what I promised to do and get into some catching up with your goings on.


  1. Hi Adrian. I welcome back your travelling Blog.
    Hope your new addition (Alfie) is going to behave itself and not get Molly in trouble.
    The BH Gull and Tern shots are really good and it is something I need to practice more.

  2. I had Molly seen to so no bother there. One more grump from him and he's off to the vets as well.
    The birds are just OK I now use AF(C) setting for focus aperture wide open, no choice today it was pretty dark. I suspect a monster prime lens is the real answer 600mm+ but at more than my van is worth the cost isn't justifiable. It's good just to watch them, the pics are the icing.

  3. Hi Adrian! I had fun with this post! Your birds in flight photos terned out well! ;o)

    I really like the clarity in the last shot, and the way you've framed the bird is clever. The top shot is fun because you've got a bit of everything in there; meaning bright and dark and colour and grey and action and still.

    Too bad about the fish ladder. We have one here too and I always enjoy getting in for a look. Might have to get there again soon. :o)

  4. Krista they turned out fine for computer resolution or printing on canvas. A great saviour of bad technique. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Love the bird action shots, the one with the fish is excellent.I have been practicing this photography myself.The new Canon camera and zoom lens has helped me no end.
    Thanks for the comment you left ,much appreciated.

  6. Matron, considering what mine were like a year ago so do I. The camera is 25% of the job learning to use it as a part of yourself is the bit I find hard. I switch between burst shooting on AF continuous and like this morning firing single shots, seven usable isn't bad out of twenty five. Prosumer cameras are fine but usually the images are a bit soft and lack, lack of depth of field, it's handy to isolate ones subject in camera, saves ages on the computer. You are coming on by leaps and bounds, keep with it you will hit the wall over and over again as you become more self critical.

  7. Good flight shots there Adrian. The Black-headed Gulls are great for practising on. Slice of bread, and they perform for hours lol

  8. Adrian, you are a birdman, you have made some great pictures.

  9. Terns are a beautiful bird to watch - one of my favourites..

  10. Keith, forgot the bread but still a good morning.

    Bob many thanks.

    Petrus, they are but a bit quick.

  11. Adrian you are so hard on yourself. Your photos are technically much better than almost all your fellow bloggers and add to that your humour and the entertainment value of you postings and you've got a darn good recipe.

  12. I like the gulls with the fish--and as always I appreciate the photo technobabble. It's good to see you back.

  13. GB, thanks, I'm not really beating myself up. I like to print if at all at A3 these wouldn't pass muster at that size, Also I edit much of the time at 100% it shows any lack of sharpness. Having said that terns can get a move on and are difficult to predict.

    Jolynne, thank you, the fish was good fortune, I knew they were fishing but never noticed a fish till I got back.

  14. You are definitely getting the hang of these flight shots Adrian. Great captures.

  15. John, I keep on being trying but I hanker after a faster lens. Overcast is good for colour and tone but f3.5 at 400mm is a touch slow with Olympus as noise is a problem at much over 600 ISO. I'll try to remember to buy the lottery ticket.

  16. Angie not great but better than a year ago. Al one can hope for but many thanks