End of 2010

As I write the light is starting to fade. A murky fog that has lingered for days is hanging diligently in the air turning everything a sultry grey. There is something rather mystical about it, and the cawing of a crow coming from the silhouette of a near-by tree only adds further to the atmosphere akin to something out of a fairytale.


We seem to have had an invasion of crows this year. Where normally I would see only one or two a large mob has taken up residence in the neighbourhood along with a good number of jackdaws. I have even spotted a white individual among the latter that appears now and again, though it has no intention to be photographed and can spot a camera a mile off.


Flocks of redwings are busy plucking the last berries – the only remaining splashes of colour – from the bushes reducing nature’s palette to shades of black, brown and grey. Winter is a season full of muted tones, dusky shapes, shadows and silhouettes. There is something distinctly magical about the colder months. As we dress up to keep warm much of nature is stripped to its bare bones. This is most evident on the trees, their skeletal frames exposed to the elements. Although the landscape can seem rather stark in winter and potential shots my not reveal themselves so easily, it is often the less obvious images that make the best photographs.

Happy New Year and good luck to all for 2011!



Some images from 2010

Trek-Tech T-Pod Mini-Review (Johan)

Hello everyone! Today I have a mini-review of the Trek-Tech T-Pod. I hope to post again soon. Enjoy!

The first thing I noticed about the Trek-Tech T-Pod was its extremely sturdy construction. Designed in the USA, compared to most table-top tripods, it’s built like a brick.

The tripod makes use of rare-earth magnets which are very strong and photo safe. The detachable and expandable center column connects to a magnet on the legs and the camera mounts to the ballhead in the same manner. For a shorter tripod, the ballhead can be mounted directly to the legs.

The ballhead and quick-release system, which are included, are rated for nine pounds and very well designed. I have used the T-Pod to support my gripped 40D, 70-200/2.8, and 580EX flash, with no problems whatsoever.

The T’Pod is also effective as a chest stabilizer arm or mini monopod; I have used it as such on numerous occasions.

In summary, I am very pleased with the T-Pod and highly recommend it to anyone who needs a compact go-everywhere tripod for their SLR camera. This tripod is truly outstanding and a pleasure to use.

Deadline extended! Enter Ocean Views by Jan. 5th, 2011

Snow 2

Another really quick post.  This collared dove landed on our bird bath for a drink. Despite the fact that I had already poured hot water into it to melt the ice earlier that day it had completely frozen again. The dove looked slightly perplexed and I managed only two shots before it flew off. – Jodie

NBPS Flickr Contest (Max Seigal)

White fronted bee eater, originally uploaded by mjseigal.

Nice capture, Max:
I like the moment you’ve caught here, and I love the colors as well.
Your use of the rule of thirds and the fact that the branch that’s incorporated in the shot enters the frame from the corner of the picture give this image an incredible sense of structure and dynamism;
At a more complex level, the way the three elements climb towards the top center third along diagonals that alternate from left to right and back to left give the insect real importance at the culmination of this movement
I also like that your sky the bird is seen against is uniformly shaded and doesn’t fade or get noticeably darker at any point: it keeps the image more technical, less “cute,” and ultimately more powerful – I really feel the predator-prey interaction in your image.



European Robin


Here’s an image I took in my garden earlier today. It’s been snowing here in the UK for the last week or so. Starting in Scotland, it finally reached the South East of England three days ago. It is now over a foot deep.



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