There was a lot of activity over at the Pond the other day and it was a lovely sunny day too. I took my Stylus1 camera with me as I’m more familiar with it for ‘landscapes’ than my new E-OM10 , which I tend to use for my indoor macro efforts. It has got a kit 42mm kit lens but my Stylus is more flexy. I can use the 60mm macro lens for ‘normal’ stuff, but ,although it’s still quite small and lightweight, it would be just that little bit more difficult to hold steady and I can’t cart a tripod around with me. Arthritis can be such a frustrating nuisance!
The Stylus has quite a good zoom on it too.
This is a Domestic Duck that was ‘dumped’ [ together with two others] over the Pond last year and I worried no end about them cos a lady told me that they were unlikely to survive in the wild as they wouldn’t know how to forage for themselves and it was likely foxes would get them ….. well – I hadn’t seen them the last few times I paid a visit, so I was so pleased to see this one and overjoyed that she had three babies with her!! Don’t know where the others are though.
It’s always a problem photographing white birds on bright, sunny days to avoid the whites being ‘blown out’, so it helps when I remember to adjust the exposure dial.
These Greylag Geese kept charging up and down this slope for some reason or other – there was a chap at the top of the bank feeding them all …. maybe they just wanted to show off for the camera eh?
I was going to post some swan pics here too but I think this is enough for one post! Will save them for next time …. see you soon I hope, Eileen
This is the first year I’ve visited the Pond in Autumn and that’s because there is a now this lovely new path bordering the Lake so I don’t have to get my shoes wet in the mud. However the fallen leaves can be a bit slippery to walk on when it’s rained. These pics were taken before the rains came …
There were a lot of seagulls on the Lake and many of them were lined up on the side-rails of the walkway. I knew they would fly away as I approached so I went slowly and had to use the camera’s zoom before I got too near – not nearly as good as having a camera with proper zoom lens attached, but I was quite pleased with the results ….
The original shots of the gulls were a little bit sharper and deeper in colour, but I liked the soft effect I got while messing around with the effects in my PSP. Another bit of artistic licence [which I’m prone to do cos I enjoy it!]
see you soon dv, Eileen
Another visit to the Ifield Pond – there have been some great changes made by the local council and I can now walk around the lake without getting shoes wet or muddy. The new walkway , although a bit of an eyesore if you want to photograph a distance view of the scenery, is nonetheless a great addition as it takes you right across the lake and around the other side. There is such a variety of birds and I am learning the names of those I’ve never seen before. This one is a Greylag Goose.
The water looked rather murky in the next few shots so I used a bit of artistic licence in my PSP and On1 software. Applied a blue filter, softened a bit and added borders or vignettes.
I knew that there were a couple of Herons there, but on the rare occasions I saw them, they were too far away to get a shot [I don’t have a camera I can attach lenses too]. Since the walkway goes to the far side of the lake they are now more in range if I see them at all. So – this was a very lucky and rare opportunity!
As someone who doesn’t get around much, I am forever grateful to the Lord that I have a Wildlife area right at the bottom of my road. Now that I’ve got to know the place more since moving here nearly three years ago [tempus fugit!], I find I’m visiting it quite regularly. There are big changes going on to the Pond’s layout and it looks like it will be really good stuff with new permanent paths being built, plus fishing areas and a ‘viewing platform’ in the middle of the lake.
I was delighted to capture this swan after his ‘ducking’ and diving, with the water drops from his beak. It was what I was hoping for but didn’t know I’d got till I uploaded the pics to my laptop.
Then he conveniently swam round nearer to my viewing point ….. probably thought I had some bread to feed him. As you can see – it was a lovely sunny, hot day …. my, we’ve had a good summer this year.
see you soon, Eileen
For weeks I’ve been bemoaning the fact that I haven’t had any butterflies in my garden – well today there have been several fluttering about and even resting long enough for me to take some pics. I think this particular lot are called Gatekeeper [Pyronia tithonus] because they have twin black eyespots with white pupils on their forewing. Anyway – I only know that because I did a google search! I’m delighted – especially as I’m getting more used to using the zoom on my camera instead of the macro setting [which I still haven’t figured out!].
I amused myself no end cropping and trying to be generally more ‘artistic’ without it looking too artificial … BUT – I do try to get the best pics I can ‘in camera’ as is always recommended. I tend to take loads of shots and discard the majority as many of them are almost the same – it’s just a matter of choosing the best of the bunch. It’s been a bit on the windy side today, so as well as the butterflies and bees being on the move all the time – so are the plants they land upon unfortunately.
I’ve deliberately kept some images high key to reflect the beautiful sunny weather – although I appreciate some butterflies suit a bit of drama more.
Even though this Sedum isn’t in flower yet, the butterflies are obviously attracted to it. I’m fortunate in having several Sedums which I love – especially this dark red variety called Purple Emperor.
I’m looking forward to posting some photos I took through the window during a downpour yesterday. I was going to post them today but the butterflies took priority!
see you soon, Eileen
I love lavender plants and so do the bees …. ladybirds and butterflies are in short supply in my garden – well, non-existent really – but the bees are out in force. So, I thought I’d have another go at practicing with the macro setting on my new camera. Hmm – very disappointing I must say – goodness knows what I’m doing wrong. It must be because I’m treating it asin ‘auto’ mode I guess – I don’t know if I’m supposed to be selecting other things to help.
Fortunately I’d read tips from someone about using the zoom lens for flower close ups instead and so I’ve contented myself with experimenting with that. These are the results, but I know I could do so much better! I found it wasn’t much good my trying to set the camera for fast-moving objects either …. I find it all very frustrating as I really hanker after lovely sharp images. However – as I’ve said elsewhere – I try to make up for that with being more ‘artistic’ when sharpness isn’t crucial. And as I enjoy using my Paintshop Pro it becomes such a pleasure to do. I try to get as good a photo ‘in camera’ as I can though and I don’t like to be too obvious in ‘enhancing’ images. But there are instances when it’s ok to go to extremes and a lot of fun too.
Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings. More ‘still life’ or abstracty. See you soon, Eileen