Not necessarily a Wildlife shot. This could be anything caught anywhere. So expect the unexpected!!

 

Photo of the Month 2017

 

November 2017

Not a current picture this month, but this little cutie was just selected by the Daily Mail newspaper as being one of the 50 best Sea life pictures 'ever'. So quite an achievement and quite rightly proud of this one.

Black browed Albatross chick - Saunders Island. 

 

October 2017

Hot off the press - Just home from the Canadian Rockies photo-tour. A beautiful sunrise from Patricia Lake, Jasper national park, Alberta.

One of my favourite Canadian scenes - Patricia Lakes. Jasper National park, Alberta.

2 Secs @ f16 - 24mm - MF - ND grads - iso100 

 

September 2017

I have always been fascinated by the plants which try to get a foothold on my local beach and grow on the stable areas of sandy beach behind the sea walls and groynes. This is part of an on going project and it's really interesting to see the annual changes. 

 

Scarlet Pimpernel 

A beautiful little wasteland planet growing on loose sand beneath the cliff line - NE. Norfolk.

1/60th Sec @ f16 - 180mm macro - MF - iso 800 - ground level bean bag

 

August 2017

Oshkosh 2017 - It's taken years to get there, but worth the wait and what an excellent place there's aeroplanes everywhere big and small, old and new and this is just about as new as you can get.

 

A USAF F35A Lightning 2 stealth fighter on take off

1/400th Sec @ f8 - 100-400mm @ 175mm - AI Servo - iso 400

 

July 2017

Backlit macro shots of seed pods always provide impressive subject material and I've been doing a lot of this work lately - a very enjoyable project and resulting series of images.  

Broom seed pod

0.6 Sec @ f11 - 60mm macro - Manual Focus - iso400

 

June 2017

I've always been fond of Seabirds - hence the Falklands trips!! And at the end of May I had the opportunity to visit Great Saltee, ROI. Somewhere I'd always hoped to go, but never thought it would be possible, so thanks to Robert Thompson for the invite. A great place and a great few days photography which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Roosting Razorbill at sunset

1/2000th Sec @ f8 - 100-400mm - Single shot AF - iso 800 

 

May 2017

One of my annual enjoyable sessions - Meadow Pipits with mouths full of grubs and insects and even though we all think it's damned cold, wet and windy at the moment, these little industrious things are well into raising and fledging their first broods of 2017. Always lovely to see, watch and photograph.

 

Adult Meadow Pipit on sentry post on it's way back to it's nest site with a beak full of small flies.

 1/2000th Sec @ f8 - 500mm + 1.4 extender - Single shot AF - iso 800

 

April 2017 

 Something very different indeed!! I've given myself a spring project of trying to capture some images of Adders wild and free. Not the easiest of subjects and not the easiest of things to actually find, but a very interesting and worthwhile little project even if it's incredibly time consuming.

 

A pre-slough male Adder recently out of hibernation.

1/160th Sec @ f11 - 100-400mm @ 250mm - Single shot AF - iso800 

 

March 2017

Face off!! From this years Yellowstone winter photo-tour

American Bison - females with snow covered faces foraging in the snow.

1/800th Sec @ f9 - 500mmf4 - single shot AF - iso 800

 

February 2017

Just home from another great winter trip to Yellowstone NP. Super photography and a lovely in habitat image of this young male Bison - the image is set in context with the mountains in the background. 

 

Young bull American Bison

1/800th Sec @ f11 - 100-400mm @ 135mm - single shot AF - iso800 

 

January 2017

 A very Happy New year to everyone - here's to a successful and enjoyable 2017

Something completely different to start off 2017 with - an animated Gif file of an animated seal pup.

They're very easy to compile and good fun - Enjoy and give it a go!

 

December 2016

 Just home from another fabulous photo-tour to the Falklands - This really is a world premier site and deserves this months PoM. The 2017 Falklands photo-tour is now on sale - why not join me on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.

Even though the sun's going down you don't need to stop taking photo's - An adult Magellanic Penguin braying and displaying outside of it's burrow at sunset.

1/1600th Sec @ f8 - 100-400mm @ 400mm - EC.2/3rd's - Single shot AF - iso 400

 

November 2016

Another super image from the latest fabulous fall tour of Yellowstone NP - I just love the symmetry of this image

Pronghorn - line a breast!

1/400th sec @ f8 - 100-400 @ 115mm - AI Servo - iso400 

 

October 2016 

One from this years Yellowstone Fall photo-tour - Washakie. A very handsome alpha male Moose.

Even at a safe distance this guy looked huge - An alpha male Shiras Moose

 1/500th Sec @ f5.6 - 400mm - AI Servo - iso4000

 

September 2016

Round leaved Sundew - One of only 3 UK insectivorous plants

 

A Round leaved Sundew plantlet growing on Sphagnum - North Norfolk marshes

A 3 image stack to hold focus throughout - 1/60th Sec @ f14 - 180m macro - MF - iso 100 

 

August 2016 

This may not be the best image that I've taken this year but it shows the brand new Lightning fighter which was certainly the major star of the UK's summer air show season. This is the most influential and technologically advanced aircraft in the world - It's destined to be in frontline service for the next 30 to 40 years so will definitely out live me and as we move in to an era of Sci fi aircraft and requirements this could also be the last manned fighter aircraft ever built.

 

This years star turn at RIAT 2016 - The very impressive USMC L.M. F35B Lightning 2 in the hover 

 

July 2016

A very intimate and cute shot from this years summer trip to Canada 

Mountain Goat Kid sheltering behind Mom

1/1600 Sec @ f10 - 100-400mm @ 400mm - AI Servo - iso400 

 

June 2016

 From a fabulous weekend in Gibraltar and on the Rock

 

Barbary Macaque, mother and youngster

1/800th Sec @ f10 - 100-400mm - Single shot AF - iso400 

 

May 2016

Florida is still a great destination for the bird photographer with many varied opportunities presenting themselves.  If you'd like to join me in 2017 please register your interest. 

 

Tri-colored Herons

An unusually dull day in Florida - There was action and to capture it I needed to go beyond and used iso4000 - Excellent results and quite impressed! 

100-400mm - 1/2000Sec @ f8 - AI servo - iso4000

 

March 2016

A classic landscape from the latest winter Yellowstone photo-tour 

24-70mm @ 38mm - 1/3200 Sec @ f11 - Single shot AF - iso200 

 

February 2016 

A very cold and frosty American Bison - The first in an excellent series of images from this years winter Yellowstone photo-tour 

An American Bison at -30f - Cold and frosty or what!

100-400mm @ 150mm - 1/640 Sec @ f9 - AI Servo - iso400

 

January 2016 

Atlantic Grey Seal - Cow & week old pup 

An incredibly unique capture showing the intimate bond between a mother and her pup. The maternal moment doesn't last to long for seals but while it does they're as good and as protective of their young as anything else, ever watchful and ever protective.

 100-400mm @ 280mm - 1/400th Sec @ f8 - Single shot AF - iso800

 

 

December 2015

 Another great night photo shoot with the Army Historic flight at Middle Wallop

The Army Historic flight DHC2 Beaver

70 - 200mm @ 100mm -  5 Secs @ f5.6 - Single shot AF

 

November 2015

Autumn is my favourite time of the year - There's just so much to see and do and one of my favourite activities is the challenge of photographing as much and as many different Fungi species as I can. Always difficult with the weather at this time of year but always enjoyable. 

Micro Mycena - Mycena vitilis growing on a pine cone

180mm macro - f20 - MF - iso200 

 

October 2015

 We've had some fabulous opportunities to photograph the moon during 2015 - An eclipse earlier in the year and this time it was an enlarged moon followed later that night by a blood moon. Unfortunately it was cloudy over coastal Norfolk at the time of the reddening moon and we weren't able to see it - Thankfully I managed a series of the giant moon earlier in the evening.

2x multiple timed exposures of  the moon with 3 images capture on each frame and then stitched together in photoshop

 

September 2015 

During the week long Cromer carnival one of the highlights every year is an aerobatic display team. This year we had the pleasure of seeing the 'Blades' once again and as normal they operated out of Northrepps giving an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with the aircraft. 

Something a little different. The image was taken as a close up to focus attention on the aircrafts shape and form, and the teams name and sponsor's.

The image was converted into B&W from a colour file and with the use of a mask I left the colour on the special adaptation of the RAF roundel to draw the focus and attention to the RAF Benevolent Fund logo. Job done and a very pleasing image.

16-35mm @ 16mm - 1/1000 Sec @ f11 - iso 200 

 

August 2015 

Shuttleworth's wings and wheels airshow 02nd August 2015 

A beautiful Russian Yakovlev Yak 11 training aircraft - visiting display aircraft August 2015 

100-400mm - 1/2000 Sec @ f8 - AI Servo - iso400 

 

 July 2015

 Another classic behavioural shot from this years fabulous trip to the Canadian Rockies

 

Hoary Marmots fighting - Sulphur Mountain - Banff NP - Alberta

100-400mm @ 240mm - 1/1600 Sec @ F11 - AI Servo - iso800

 

 June 2015

 One of many fabulous landscape shots from this summers trip to the Canadian Rockies - Voted one of the world's best roads, there's a classic image around every corner.

We haven't done a photo-tour to Canada for a couple of years and this trip encouraged me to want to take another group in 2017 - Make a diary date and pre-register for this fabulous trip 

Athabasca Falls, Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada

 16-35mm @ 20mm - 0.8 Sec @ F11 + ND Little Stopper - MF - iso 200 

 

May 2015

 From our extremely pleasant spring break in Lesvos - A very graceful behavioural shot of these BW Stilts

 

 Black winged Stilts

 100-400mm @ 400mm - 1/1250 Sec @ f9 - AI servo - iso 400

 

April 2015

This month's PoM has to be the March partial eclipse - Unless you chase them globally a partial eclipse is certainly a very rare occurrence. We were so lucky and initially had thick cloud cover and couldn't see a thing. Thankfully the cloud quickly thinned for a short period before clearing completely by which time the whole thing was far too bright. The thin cloud cover was an absolute must and enabled us to 'grab' some very useful and rare images

 

A four shot stitch in Photoshop

500mm + 2x extender - 1/1000Sec @ f8 - MF - iso100 

 

March 2015

The archetypal winter Yellowstone image - The iconic Bison sheltering against a tree with a cold, white and stark background

 

That feeling of cold and isolation and the struggle for survival

1/400 Sec @f8 - EF100-400 11 - One shot AF - iso800

 

 

February 2015

A wonderful season of action and intrigue.

This lovely capture depicts Grey Seal parental care and shows the mother seal carefully watching and guiding the pup to safety after it's first swimming lesson in rough seas.   

An intimate moment between Mother & pup - Grey Seal parental care

1/2000th Sec @ f11 - 500mm + 1.4 extender - One shot AF - iso1000

 

January 2015

There are more African Elephants in the world than there are Atlantic Grey Seals, so I feel incredibly lucky to have a number of these fabulous animals breed on our local beaches and throughout the county. Watched with care this is a true wildlife spectacle.

 

An intimate moment in Grey Seal courtship

1/1600th Sec @ f11 - 500mm - One shot AF - iso1000

 

  

 


 

 

 

 
 

 

 


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