Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Cracker

Canon 50D + 24-105mm. Fine jpeg. 800ASA.
1/640 @ F4. Hand held.

Fire breathing Iron Horse races northbound 181210
between Birmingham and York [UK].

5043 " Earl of Mount Edgecombe" built 1936 for the UK
GWR [Great Western Railway]

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Euro Snipe. England Nov 2010

Canon 50D + 300 2.8 + x2 extender.
Spot meter [camera]. Bean bag support.

Are they sure the dove was first out of Noahs ark ?

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Porcelain Fungus

Canon 40D + 70-200 L IS lens. Fine Jpeg.
1/30 @ full aperture [F4]. Hand held.
Subject at 30ft [directly above]

A subject which tested the sharpness of the full aperture lens,
camera spot metering and lens image stabilisation, as I endevoured not to fall over backwards
trying to get a decent image.

121010 Clumber Park, Notts, England.

Copyright: Kevin Smith


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Tortoiseshell on Daisy

Canon 50D + 70-200mm f4 IS [@189mm]
Monopod. 400ASA. 3200/F7.1 -1/3 exp comp
Partial meter.

Walking along when this butterfly dropped in front of me.

Swung up camera without any recourse to settings [3200/F7.1 for a still shot ???]
and obtained this lucky image [bearing in mind high contrast areas in the image]

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Gannet Tussle. Summer. England 2010

Canon 50D + 70-200 F4 IS + 1.4.
200ASA. 500/F8 Manual. Hand held. 50ft.

At dusk, the sun dropping towards the horizon, 2 juvenile Gannets
squabble over a patch of headland when 3 miles of empty
clifftop beckon.

Bempton, Yorkshire, England.

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Potting Shed Arrival. Euro Wren

Canon 50D + 300 2.8. 400ASA. Monopod. 15ft distant.
Fine jpeg.

Euro Wren pauses before delivering a juicy morsel
to its nestbound brood inside the shed.

To a photograph, just how important can 1 red grub be ??

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Friday, 21 May 2010

Cool Blue. England. Spring 2010

Grape Hyancinth.

Canon 40D + 70-200 lens [@100mm] 400ASA. Fine jpeg.
80/F8. Manual. -2/3 stop. Weak evening sun. Tripod.

The manual option retains the mood of the evening

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

1st May 2010. My favourite month in England.

My rear garden and beyond.

May is my favourite English month, even in the overcast.

Canon 40D + Canon 10-22mm. 400ASA.
Fine jpeg. 125/F8. Hand held

Copyright: Kevin Smith

Friday, 5 February 2010

Euro Robin on Silver Birch

Euro Robin on Silver Birch stump.

Canon 40D + 300 2.8. 640ASA. Overcast. Monopod.

In the winter grey, old fiery breast just shouts to be taken.....and he was!!

Copyright: Kevin Smith

European Nuthatch

European Nuthatch, England Jan 2010.

Canon 40D + 300 2.8. 640ASA. Overcast. Monopod.

For years my bogey bird, on 17th Jan all this changed as this bird made repeated
forays along a particular branch towards a winter food store.

We are all creatures of habit it would seem.

Copyright: Kevin Smith