Sunday, 22 March 2009

EMotion/NoMotion: Day in Liverpool

A day out in Liverpool.  It was mainly to get my keyboard fixed on my Mac, but whilst there i went for a bit of a wander round to see what i could find.  The day wasn't great, it was quite dull, but i shot away regardless.  I'd love to go back at night some time.  The Liverpool One would look great at night i reckon.  Also bar the Apple store, i found my favourite shop... The Liverpool FC shop :D These are some of my shots from the day.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

EMotion: Even More Wildlife

I was sat in the college library last week with the sun bearing down on me.  So i decided to sack the work off and go Goldcrest hunting again.  Yep you've guessed it i found them, but yet again they evaded my lens, which was once again only a 200mm not the 300mm that is more suited to these small birds.  i did find some other birds whilst i was there though.  I managed to get some more zoom and focus on the move practice too, with the Black Capped Gulls. Take a look, and tell me what you think.  (all the links actually work for once)

Sunday, 8 March 2009

EMotion: More Wildlife

Cormorants and a Great Crested Grebe.

A Black Capped Gull.

It seems Preening was an order of the day.

A Long Tailed Tit.

To be honest I'm not entirely sure what it is.  Female Chaffinch maybe??? Anybody know??

Yet another day to shoot wildlife... my thinking being i may as well make the most of the lens whilst i have it.  Plus i wanted to find the Goldcrests and Firecrests again, but not today.More Herons, Blue Tits and Great Tits and a much better sighting of the Long Tailed Tit too. Plus a sighting of 6 Cormorants, but they were slightly too far away for my lens, but i shot them anyway.  Got an annoying shot of a Black Capped Gull, so nearly sharp, but not quite... i've posted it anyway.  Enjoy.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

EMotion: Sublime to the Ridiculous

I don't why but none of the picture links work and it may look weird on your screen (i.e huge spaces for what ever reason) it looks fine on my screen, but i tested it on another screen and it appeared totally different.  I apologise in advance.

Another weekend, and another chance to turn wildlife photographer for a day (or morning at least).  This time though i had borrowed a 70-300mm lens from Uni, to give that extra 100mm i thought i needed.  Turns out i needed a bit more, since even that wasn't long enough.
I went to Stanley Park, and to Heron Island (as 
its known) to shoot the Herons.  I got a few good shots and then moved round the lake.

Once round the other side of the lake, things started to happen.  A robin... nothing to unusual.  A Blue  Tit... nothing new.  A group of four photographers... this is new.  What was all the hullabaloo... Goldcrests and more importantly Firecrests.  I immediately scanned the tree at the end of their lenses to see the Firecrests (that's right there were two) fleeting around.  Did i get a good picture... did i eckers-like... have you seen them move.  Far too fast for me too first of all find, focus on and then release the trigger.  We lost sight of them (since they are the smallest bird in England) and the commotion died down.  At which point they came back only to elude my lens yet again.  I did manage to get a half decent shot of a Goldcrest though.
As if this wasn't enough, i also managed to snap a Tree Creeper, and a Long Tailed Tit.

And now for the cherry on the cake.  I'll admit it they aren't the best photos  but here's the Goldcrest i promised.  Hopefully I'll get out and see some more of it soon.

So in one sitting i saw 20 Herons, 2 Robins, numerous Blue Tits and Great Tits, 2 Tree Creepers, 1 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, and 2 Great Crested Grebes.  Not bad i think.

NoMotion/EMotion: Panoramic Stuff

Rooting around the house a couple of weeks ago i came across an old bag with four cameras in it; one of which was a 35mm, automatic panoramic camera.  So i put a film through it and these are the results.

Stanley Park: Italian Gardens

Abstract Clouds  &  My Friend Tom

At Stanley Park


Thursday, 5 March 2009

EMotion: Urban Portraits

Once again another trip to the now not so secret location, featuring some brilliant urban features. This time with Eilert, Stew, Greta and Lee.  It topped the weekend off perfectly, especially the Pizza Hut afterwards.

I'll definitely be going back again.

Monday, 2 March 2009

EMotion: Leighton Moss

Last Friday, i turned wildlife photographer for the day, and went on a day trip with three friends; Myrddin, who is one the same course as myself, and Tom and Nikki, who are both wildies.
The aim of the trip was to go to three different locations.  
Glasson Dock, which at the right time of day and year has numerous species of waders.
Leighton Hall, which has many birds of prey and hosts Birds of Prey flight displays.  
And, Leighton Moss, home to the elusive Bittern, and numerous other species of birds, from waders, to ducks, geese and birds of prey too.

Unfortunately, when we arrived at Glasson Dock, the tide meant we couldn't go as far as we wanted to and we also underestimated the conditions that were there.
From here we set out for Leighton Hall, which was quite an adventure to say the least.  Lets just say its best to know your route.  We found Leighton Hall, only for it to be closed, so there you go.
This left Leighton Moss to be our saviour of the day, and to be honest, for me at least it didn't disappoint, apart from one area; me only having a 200mm lens.  If i am ever to do more wildlife photography i definitely need a bigger lens.  We caught sight of two Little Egrets, saw a huge flock of Lapwings and i'd love to say we saw a Bittern, but we didn't.  We did on the other hand here the boom of the Bittern, which for me was just as good.
All in all, a good day, and i can't wait till next time.  What do you think???

Sunday, 1 March 2009

InMotion: North West Stages 2009

Last weekend was one of the best weekends i've had in a long time.  People say Blackpool is good for nothing; but they'd be wrong, as i hope to prove.  I'm an avid rally fan and general motorsport fan, and everyone once in a while you have to fuel your senses.  If you have time and money to burn this means travelling to events; except for one event of the year that is.
Every year for the last five six years Blackpool hosts a national rally, along 
the promenade and at Pontins, as well as using other areas of the surrounding region (Clifton, Leyland, Lytham).
The event begins at a local car dealer ship where all the cars are scrutinised, before the 112 cars entered moved to the Promenade for the first two stages, held in darkness.

Saturday morning brought day two of the event and a second visit to the Promenade, this time in day light and a much longer stage, running from North Pier, some 4 and a half miles to Norbreck Castle.  After a second run along the prom the cars continued the rally at other venues, making two visits (and four timed stages) to the Pontins Holiday Camp, which made for an exciting, but tight and twisty spectacle.

Come Saturday night and the event would be over.  Just over 30 cars made it to the finish line, with Tony Bardy and Reg Smith winning the event overall in their Nissan GTiR (Pulsar) (car no.2).  I thoroughly enjoyed the event; the atmosphere, the sound and the smell, and i'll definitely be returning next year to top up my juices once more; but hopefully i'll see more action before then.