Sunrise over Glastonbury Tor, seen from Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 22 Nov 2013.

I’ve lightened the centre section to bring interest to the mid-ground with the two cows – but I’m sure they should have shadows … oh dear, digital … not always quite up to it are you?  Or maybe I’m not quite up to it – its probably me ….

And of course I’m pointing my magnificent if distinctly weighty telezoom straight into the sun’s glare, and so to a second, orange sun low down in the frame, and also some rather fiery glows between that sun and the real one.  I could have gone at it with software to try and make good these optical artefacts but, first, I can’t be bothered, and second, I think they add to the atmosphere and feeling of the shot – I mean, I’m pointing a x6 telephoto directly into Our Star’s incandescent face, so what do I expect, perfect and pristine optical rendition?

I like the 80-400 (but – Jan 2020 – have sold it now).  Large and unwieldy it may be and its not one of Nikon’s very quick AF-S lenses, but it is image stabilised and I can hand hold it, and it gives such reach and flexibility.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban settings, and from Kenya too – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 .  All will open in separate windows.  You can also search on the “early morning” tag.

Technique: D800 with 80-400 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.



  1. Excellent. Me personally, I embrace the flaws of my equipment and try instead to think of them as unique quirks rather than flaws. Lens flare, chromatic aberration? All a boon if utilized as such.


    • Thank you, Helen, glad this gets to you. As to “I can’t be bothered”, well I like being honest. I also like my pictures to look good, but really feel content to be more important than impeccable processing technique >>> and in difficult photographic conditions I am a great believer in “any picture is preferable to no picture at all, regardless of imperfections!”. Adrian 🙂

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        • Well there’s no pressure on any of us to post frequently, that’s one of the pleasures of blogging. I’ve been doing it for nearly 9 years now, and have a fairly set post construction routine that goes ok – it does consume some time but it could be far more time consuming.


  2. I find the gradations quite subtle and pleasing. I have a Nikon 500 f5.6 in order for birds and have to choose a body. Any thoughts on the D500? The Nikons seem to have excellent dynamic range.

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    • These days, any camera with a high quality, modern sensor is going to be good; the advances in sensor technology have been huge. The D500 is APS-C format, not full-frame, and I have read excellent accounts of its auto focus and frame speed capabilities – why not contact Michael Scandling, who comments on my blog and whose gravatar is shown in those of the Commenters in my blog’s side panel – he has a D500 and uses it for birds.

      Then there is the optical viewfinder (as in the D500) versus mirrorless debate: at the moment, optical viewfinders just have the edge over mirrorless for wildlife I think. But, not specialising in wildlife (tho pics of birds in flight from the mirrorless Z 6 are on this blog), I have found the Z 6 wonderful. Hope this is helpful, Andrew. 🙂

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