ABOUT ME

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
ALL IMAGES WILL ENLARGE WITH A LEFT CLICK

Thursday, 21 February 2013

WATCH THE BIRDIE! (21/02/13)

Before I start on this epic tale of frozen fingers and legs and ears. I suggest all you competent and not so proficient proper photographers pop out of the room and make yourselves comfortable.

Hope is not enough and neither is all the equipment a man could desire. A fast 400mm lens, an EOS 1, a lovely silky smooth Benro Gimballed head and two little dogs that sat still for over an hour and never barked once. Everything was in my favour. I found a crevice in the seawall out of most of the wind and sat down to wait for the tide to bring the birds to me. It never happened either my name is Canute or we are coming on to neap tides. I saw the moon last night and it was about half full so that explains the lack of water……My name is Adrian.

_V0G5310_edited-1  Another sunny day though the mud was frozen.

_V0G5301_edited-1     Spot the bird……It’s a Redshank I think.

_V0G5204_edited-1      An equally impressive Curlew. They are a few of these….this one got closest.

_V0G5271_edited-1       Wigeon at high water.

_V0G5295_edited-1      Wigeon again……all my ducks in a row Dennis I am.

Tomorrow I’ll try from the railway bridge…….I’ll take the extender for a bit more reach.

Life can be disappointing but I’ll keep trying….and if you have wet yourselves laughing then don’t say you weren’t warned.

20 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Norma, I haven't a clue what(:D)means . I hope you are being economical and not rude.

      Delete
    2. It's a big smile Adrian. Now you know what it means.

      Delete
  2. Some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

    Always tomorrow.

    You did catch the flying Wigeon rather well though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They were just coming in to land.
      I missed their landing they did it behind a raised bit of mud.
      The A1 Servo mode does lock on quickly. I press or half press again. It starts all over again. I'm a Muppet. The camera + lens knows best. I'll leave it to it in future.
      I always shoot A priority and spot meter about. Canon average for me then I burst shoot 1.5 stops +&-. Works for most landscapes but not for birds. I set shutter to 1/1200 let aperture take care of it'self and wound up and down the ISO if the green lamp was flashing.
      I wish we had lions and wildebeest and big things to practise on.

      Delete
  3. het is nu ook erg koud om foto,s te nemen maar het ziet er daar heel mooi uit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Het is heerlijk licht in de winter, maar ja het is koud.

      Delete
  4. Life is always a learning curve. That's why you have to go out a try different things and call it practice. If you get some great photos while your out practicing then that's a bonus. Have a great day Adrian.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Horst, there are good days and bad. You have a good one too.

      Delete
  5. Your doing well Adrian, if you can cope with no axle on the van , you can cope wiyh anything.



    peter

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Peter, I'll have to wait for spring tides to push them nearer.

      Delete
  6. You've got one of the ingredients...patience. I think the other thing is to find a place where you are well hidden. I for sure don't have the patience. I like you're ducks in a row. That's hard to get.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Red, it is not patience it's idleness....I can sit for ages with a pack of Marlboro and a flask of coffee.

      Delete
  7. Will be following your two blogs, the one on PS techniques is very useful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maria, welcome along.....I don't do many tutorials but if you want to know something and I know it then just ask.

      Delete
  8. Don't you think that keeping 2 dogs disturbs the birds, as much as I love them, I think it's time for leaving them at home. Sorry dogs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bob, the dogs are good when the camera is set up they sit quietly. The birds know they are there but I'd sacrifice a bird picture for the company of the wee dogs.

      Delete
    2. Ok, of course, I thought they were running about like most others, sorry.

      Delete
    3. No need to apologise.....they raise hell most of the time. They not to get between a man and his camera or a man and his beer.

      Delete