I haven’t got many pictures today as I have spent a couple of hours in raptures over a raptor. I hoped it was a peregrine when I first saw it a couple of days ago as it was very pale underneath, almost white. I then saw it it being mobbed by crows this morning and missed it as it flew above my head at mach1. It then caught a woodpigeon just before breakfast and carried it away. That was brilliant for me but not for the pigeon. It hit it from nowhere and leaving a shower of feathers flew off. I think she must have young and as there aren’t any cliffs here I suspect it is a sparrow hawk. I watched as best I could where it went and went out again and found it. What a birder I am. Bloody useless is what I am.
The best shot I have of a wild raptor. I have nothing to compare it with as it’s the only shot I have of one. It would be perfect if it weren’t for the twigs. I’ll keep looking for it and maybe it will pose properly.
Here is a little quiz for the Bank Holiday.
Try this. It’s the same thing lit in my new mini studio by three strobes. This studio is a tupperware box on it’s side in a cardboard box lined with dark green paper. The main light is the 14EX macro and the other two are 480EX at 1/32 duration fired by Pocket Wizard; primary metering was ETTL. It took a while to figure it out but apart from a curves contrast boost this is not tampered with.
I am waiting for the hens to go to bed so I can shut them up for the night. What a responsibility, the barley is still green so I haven’t killed that, Dozer has had his supper and is happyish. I collected nine eggs this morning and have scribbled the date on. There are a couple of naughty hens hiding eggs but I have had my eye on them so will steal them back tonight. It’s all go is this farming malarkey.
Have a great weekend.