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Cranefly facing a housefly, demonstrating just how big it was!

Cranefly facing a housefly, demonstrating just how big it was!

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This dandelion seed balanced delicately on the edge of a leaf before floating elegantly away on a slight breeze.

This dandelion seed balanced delicately on the edge of a leaf before floating elegantly away on a slight breeze.

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An emperor moth, found fluttering about on a snow drift in the Pennines!

An emperor moth, found fluttering about on a snow drift in the Pennines!

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Nikon D90, 18-105mm lens, handheld, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Wood Anemone.

Nikon D90, 18-105mm lens, handheld, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200.

Wood Anemone.

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Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200.
Another golden reflection in the river!

Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200.

Another golden reflection in the river!

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audreyhendyphotography asked: Heyy (: Your photography is stunning. I was wondering what cameras do you use? Which ones do you prefer to use? Which would you recommend? Thanks (:

Thank you very much! Canon EOS 600D =)

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Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, 1/10 sec, f/8, ISO 100.
Glenridding Beck.

Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, 1/10 sec, f/8, ISO 100.

Glenridding Beck.

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Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200.
Similarly to the trumpet lichen post below, since the snowdrops flowered recently I have made several attempts to photograph them in interesting ways… above is my latest attempt.
They really brighten up the riverside and I kept noticing how interesting they look particularly growing between the twisted mossy roots of the trees on the rivers bank. This led me to try photographing them in such places, and I ended up with the photograph above.
These particular snowdrops were beneath a tree right by the side of the river, with a large mass of flowers all exposed to the sunshine. At first I was trying to show them as part of their wider surroundings, so tried to incorporate the trees, moss, grass and all sorts in focus, but somehow I eventually ended up with this, peering round the trunk and roots of the tree, which became out of focus, with the snowdrops beyond.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200.

Similarly to the trumpet lichen post below, since the snowdrops flowered recently I have made several attempts to photograph them in interesting ways… above is my latest attempt.

They really brighten up the riverside and I kept noticing how interesting they look particularly growing between the twisted mossy roots of the trees on the rivers bank. This led me to try photographing them in such places, and I ended up with the photograph above.

These particular snowdrops were beneath a tree right by the side of the river, with a large mass of flowers all exposed to the sunshine. At first I was trying to show them as part of their wider surroundings, so tried to incorporate the trees, moss, grass and all sorts in focus, but somehow I eventually ended up with this, peering round the trunk and roots of the tree, which became out of focus, with the snowdrops beyond.

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Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200.

Trumpet Lichen.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/1000 sec, f/29, ISO 1250.

Trumpet Lichen silhouette.

I found this interesting trumpet lichen (which has a very appropriate name…!) growing on a log by the river quite a while ago. Since then I have made several attempts to photograph it, none of which I have felt were very succesfull!

The photographs above are my latest attempts…and here are the thoughts behind them…

…firstly, I wanted to compose the photograph in a new way, in some way that I hadn’t done before, so I tried isolating the lichen at the bottom of the frame so that the “trumpets” point upwards, rather than filling the frame, which is how I composed all my previous attempts…

…and secondly, is the idea of silhouetting the lichen against the bright glare of the light reflecting off the river behind. This idea is one I came across by accident while I was messing about adjusting the camera settings, and I think it most likely wouldn’t be achievable unless it was one of those rare days where the sun was actually shining, as it relies upon the light reflecting off the river…

Even though I think these ideas are maybe more interesting than my previous ones, I’m still not satisfied with either of these latest attempts! It is an enjoyable challenge though and I intend to go back to try to photograph this rather extraordinary looking lichen again. Hopefully there will be some improvement, and if there is I shall post it up here and ramble on about it a bit more…lichens are interesting little plants!

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Nikon D90, 18-135mm lens, 1/80 sec, f/13, ISO.

North Sea waves.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, cropped.

Barn Owl.

I had the opportunity to go to the north east coast today, so off I went, and having been inspired by the winning image of the 2012 Outdoor Photographer of the Year Competition, taken by David Baker, which shows the movement of a wave up a beach, I was intending to experiment with slow shutter speeds to achieve similar sorts of results myself.

There was bright sunshine and almost clear blue skies as well as an extremely cold wind at this lovely part of the British coastline and I spent a short but enjoyable amount of time experimenting with photographing the waves, particularly trying to concentrate on the patterns formed by the foam. I’ve not attempted to photograph the waves before and the results weren’t quite what I was aiming for but I’m now keen to go back and try again to improve upon this first attempt.

The definite highlight of the day however, was standing in the small car park in the middle of the sand dunes, with the North Sea on one side and a reedbed on the other, watching two barn owls, as well as two short eared owls, gliding and hunting inbetween the dunes and over the reedbeds! It was the first time I’ve ever seen a short eared owl and a complete suprise to see any owls there at all, but awesome to be surrounded by that many at once!

One of the barn owls even came close enough for the blurry photograph above! It is a start though and I would definitely like to go back to the site to photograph them again.

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Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/80 sec, f/14, ISO 200.
Moss covered tree trunk.

Nikon D90, 70-300mm lens, handheld, 1/80 sec, f/14, ISO 200.

Moss covered tree trunk.

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Canon EOS 400D, 50mm Macro lens, handheld, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Snowdrop by the River Eden.
This photograph was taken on the way to a small stream leading into the main river Eden. The water is quite shallow where the two meet, with a small pebble island and vegetation on the bank overhanging and trailing into the water. Around this area in the summer there are shoals of small fish, and it was these I was looking for.
It turns out they still occupy the same area in winter, as after staring into the water for a few minutes they were spotted darting about in the overhanging vegetation.
These small fish proved to be very entertaining subjects on which to practise using the GoPro Hero 2! This was the reason I wanted to find them, and the time I spent practising filming the fish underwater with the GoPro was not only very enjoyable but extremely useful too as I learnt a lot.

Canon EOS 400D, 50mm Macro lens, handheld, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100.

Snowdrop by the River Eden.

This photograph was taken on the way to a small stream leading into the main river Eden. The water is quite shallow where the two meet, with a small pebble island and vegetation on the bank overhanging and trailing into the water. Around this area in the summer there are shoals of small fish, and it was these I was looking for.

It turns out they still occupy the same area in winter, as after staring into the water for a few minutes they were spotted darting about in the overhanging vegetation.

These small fish proved to be very entertaining subjects on which to practise using the GoPro Hero 2! This was the reason I wanted to find them, and the time I spent practising filming the fish underwater with the GoPro was not only very enjoyable but extremely useful too as I learnt a lot.

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Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, handheld, 1/80 sec, f/22, ISO 100.
Taken at the RSPB’s Geltsdale Nature Reserve.

Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, handheld, 1/80 sec, f/22, ISO 100.

Taken at the RSPB’s Geltsdale Nature Reserve.

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Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, handheld, 1/30sec, f/22, ISO 100.
View of a snowy Tindale Tarn, at the RSPB’s Geltsdale Nature Reserve.
The snow here was knee-deep in places!
There was no sight of the drake smew that has been seen around both Tindale and Talking Tarn this month, and it seems like most of the other wildlife must have been hiding away keeping warm too, apart from two swans on the ice and the occasional rabbit bouncing across the hills in front of us as we searched for a good slope to sledge down!

Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, handheld, 1/30sec, f/22, ISO 100.

View of a snowy Tindale Tarn, at the RSPB’s Geltsdale Nature Reserve.

The snow here was knee-deep in places!

There was no sight of the drake smew that has been seen around both Tindale and Talking Tarn this month, and it seems like most of the other wildlife must have been hiding away keeping warm too, apart from two swans on the ice and the occasional rabbit bouncing across the hills in front of us as we searched for a good slope to sledge down!

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Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, handheld, 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400.
Fungi, taken at Watchtree Nature Reserve where there was also views of hare, roe deer, kestrel, buzzard, and tufted ducks!

Canon EOS 600D, 18-135mm lens, handheld, 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400.

Fungi, taken at Watchtree Nature Reserve where there was also views of hare, roe deer, kestrel, buzzard, and tufted ducks!