Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Feeding Coot blurs with head-bobbing trails

These images were created in-camera using a long shutter speed and wide-angle lens to capture the head-bobbing trails of Eurasian Coots (Fulica atra) as they fed on a city lake.

Previous blog on this technique here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Birds posing at famous London landmarks

I've started taking a few birds photographs in context now - ok, mainly pigeons and their 'famous' environment. I think these are much more interesting than just the birds isolated with a narrow depth of field and no background. What landmarks should I use for the next backdrops? A red telephone box or red bus would be iconic! Unfortunately Trafalgar Square has very few pigeons these days.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Swan Dreams

I often overhear tourists describing the swans as elegant and graceful but in a city park in winter they often just form an ungainly squabble for bread. I attempted to re-capture their elegance again by using long shutter speeds and deliberate over-exposure.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Autumn in slow motion

These autumn blurs were all created in camera using slow shutter speeds with various maneuvers during the exposure.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A cool morning fog

Since the weekend, fog has been forming around London. In towards the centre of the city it has not quite been 'pea soup' but it lingered long enough for me to take these images before the sky cleared to blue for capturing the Starlings below.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Starlings: Frozen in Flight

More success this weekend with capturing Starlings in flight! This time I used a Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flashgun with a diffuser.

The Art of Extinction

There's only three days left of the Ghosts of Gone Birds art exhibtion in London and if you live locally I really recommend a visit. It features around 200 works from over 120 artists, writers and musicians created to highlight the plight of threatened and near-extinct species as well as remembering those now gone forever. The exhibition is at Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, London E2 7ES. Admission is free but donations and sales will go towards BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions programme.