I hadn’t realised how long it’s been since I last posted anything here. My only excuse is that ‘Life’ intervened and I seemed to have so much to cope all at the same time, which depleted my energy – even for taking pictures.
So, over the last few months I took the occasional photo but couldn’t do any post processing or tidying up. But maybe the spring weather has brightened me up as I’ve slowly started to gather myself with the good Lord’s help to take new pics and pp the older ones…. hope you like them!
I don’t mind constructive criticism from anyone, as often a fresh eye can see things that you can’t and we are always learning in life aren’t we – no matter what age we are! Sometimes there may be nothing particularly wrong with an image and it just comes down to personal taste and preference – there is no right or wrong – just personal opinion – but that can still be useful at times … so I thank you for your interest.
This may not be the most technically correct and sharp photo , but I’ve posted it for the amusement I got from watching this huge crow bring a large chunk of bread, [thrown from someone’s window who lives in the same block of flats that I live in] to the bird bath I have in my little patio garden and dunk it in the water, look at it for a little while, and then peck it into smaller bits to eat. I thought that was very clever … but it did leave me with a lot of cleaning up of the water to do – after all – who wants to bath in a load of soggy breadcrumbs?
He did the same for several days. I wonder if the ‘Lock down’ has interrupted his benefactor’s supply?
I’ve mentioned before, I’m sure, that I am fortunate to have a little patio garden and I’ve been making an effort this year to attract more birds and butterflies. The Bees have always been plentiful. I’ve been unsuccessful with the Butterflies as usual, but now that I have a new bird table and bath the birds [and squirrels] come several times a day. The bonus is that all the cats I used to see prowling around over the years have either moved away or died off. There is just one grey cat left from the flat upstairs. I am a cat-lover, but they can be a nuisance stalking the birds.
I also have a family of foxes playing on the grassy areas in the evenings and I throw them left-over scraps or old fruit if I have any.
I’m mostly behind the glass windows to watch the birds etc , so the pics aren’t super,duper quality, but I hope I’ve captured the fun that I have trying ….
That’s all for now, have a great day, Eileen
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
I’ve taken so many photos over at the Pond now so I thought I would get a bit of ‘creativity’ going by using some ON1 effects on these. Normally I don’t like images to look too unreal/unbelievable, but I think I can get away with these … not to the purists’ taste of course, but I’m all for a bit of experimentation! How wonderful that our Creator has given us the ability to create from His originals!
Please leave any comments or constructive criticisms …. I’ll be posting some swan pictures later today/tomorrow. Take care, 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
Took another stroll around the Ifield Pond the other day and was so pleased to see all the water birds were back.
This lovely Swan came from far across the lake – could he really see me from there? well he must have done cos he made a beeline straight for me … He must have thought I had bread for him I guess, but alas I didn’t. I was standing on a little bank where the water was quite shallow and he came right up to the edge. I thought he would soon leave again but to my delighted surprise he stayed and decided to do his ablutions.
Hope you enjoy looking at the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them, [everyone seems to say that] …. I’m hoping the weather will stay nice for longer so that I can get more pics. I may be posting some ‘scenery’ tomorrow as I took loads of the trees and woody areas around the lake too.
Have a lovely day everyone, see you soon, 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 well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6. I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.
I’ll sign off now …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ ! Eileen
Fortunately I’d chosen to visit the Pond a few days before the present heatwave really hit us. Nevertheless – it was a really bright,sunny day and I was armed with my brand new camera – Olympus Stylus 1 – recommended by a very helpful assistant at Park Cameras in Burgess Hill. Because I’m struggling with the settings etc I ended up going back to ‘auto’ . I know I could have done better, but hope I’ll get brownie points for trying!
I do feel the need for a kindly hand to guide me or a nearby class to join, but meanwhile , though it takes twice as long when you don’t know what you’re doing, I will learn by swotting and trial and error – and I will try to compensate by being ‘artistic’ …. But – I’m loving my new Stylus 1 and something I didn’t think I’d find easy is using the view-finder! My not so efficient eyesight means I prefer to use the screen to take my pics usually. But this viewfinder is a good size and switches from the screen mode automatically when you press said viewfinder to your brow. I’m sure it’s making me hold the camera steadier too.
As I took rather a lot of pics I will spread them over a couple of posts. Some are of the scenery, some of the wildlife and some of people and doggies.
This is taken from a small concrete bridge where the Lake leads into a somewhat stagnant looking canal. It is very quiet and secluded and the reflections of the surrounding greenery are lovely.
A little bit further along, the Lake narrows and is dissected by a road, the other side seems to be quite a little haven for the ducks and geese as they like to gather there to be fed by everybody. It’s a very picturesque part …
From another angle. I liked the shadow patterns of the tree.
Well folks, as usual, I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on these images, if you have the inclination. see you soon with some doggie pics.
many blessings, Eileen