OUTER SUBURBS 305 – SUNRISE

 

 


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As always, the Natural World, nothing beats it – and with a touch of lens flare left in just to annoy those who think such things important …¬† ūüėé

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.¬†

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 03 profile; south Bristol; 11 Sept 2020.
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ARCHIVE 594 – STILL LIFE, IN FLIGHT

 

 


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Black-headed Gull, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 27 Sept 2013.

A still life?¬† Really?¬† Well, one¬†way of looking at this is that, since¬†the camera shutter¬†was only open for 1/1600th of a second, it has effectively frozen this instant in the life and doings of this living being – and so it is “Life”, yes, but it is also “Still” – or, more correctly I suppose, “Stilled”!¬†¬†¬† And living things¬†e.g. plants can of course be included in still life assemblages –¬†if their movements are too slow to register in the resulting image.

But the real reason¬†for my calling this a still life¬†is that when I looked at the whole of this¬†image and saw this¬†powerfully down-sweeping wing, I was struck by its beauty, and so cropped the image to make it the main feature – with the bird’s head just peeping into the picture to add a little context.¬† So that, ok, it is a bird in flight, a moving object, but to me it has now become more of a design, or a set piece if you like.¬†

The fundamental difference between this image and a conventional still life is that it is not supported on anything that we can see, like a table top for example.  All support here is provided by the whirling and invisible air.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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OUTER SUBURBS 302 – DAWN

 

 


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As Dylan Thomas (certainly inspirational, certainly a hero) put it: the dawn inches up …

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.¬†

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 8 Dec 2020.
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ARCHIVE KENYA 108 – CROWNED CRANE

 

 


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Crowned Crane, the national bird of Uganda – a tame individual in the grounds of the Aberdare Country Club, at Mweiga in central Kenya; late 1970s.

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THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.¬† You can find more context here .¬† Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.

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ARCHIVE 590 – HERRING GULL

 

 


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Adult Herring Gull, Porthleven, Cornwall; 18 Oct 2016.

A big, meaty bird, a bird to be taken seriously Рand particularly so if its trying to steal your lunch!  The dark streaking shows it to be in winter plumage.

Looking at this now, in 2020, I wonder how I might characterise him in human terms >>> big, feathered, aggressive, opportunistic hooligan might do it Рand, in my eyes, absolutely wonderful too.  Well, I am after all a birder but it goes back much further than that: I grew up on the coast and these birds were a constant and noisy part of my younger years, they are in effect a part of who I am, I think.  I can well remember taking my first job away from the coast, in Milton Keynes of all places: there were no gulls there and I really felt their absence, it was somehow like being in a very different place.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujifilm lens at 300mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom.
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BIRDS 131 – GREAT WHITE EGRET

 

 


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Great White Egret, a member of the heron family, on the edge of a reed bed in Herons Green Bay, at Chew Valley Lake, a reservoir just south of Bristol.¬† Two things make this photo rather special to me.¬† First, this was one of the places where two school friends whom I am still in touch with – one in The States, the other in Australia – got me into birding in 1967.¬† Herons Green Bay looks much the same as it did all those years ago, and its good to go back there now (less than half and hour’s drive away) and see this part of my birding roots more or less as they were.

The other thing is that the presence of this bird shows just how things can change because, back in the 1960s, this was a very rare bird in the UK, whereas now small numbers breed in the UK and there are usually a few individuals  at Chew Lake.  I imagine this is somehow related to climate change.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 450mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 7 Dec 2020.
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BIRDS 130 – BLACK-HEADED GULL 3

 

 


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Adult Black-headed Gull in winter plumage.  The dark brown hood of the breeding plumage (see here ) has been replaced by diffuse dark markings on the head and, notably, a dark spot behind the eye.

An agile, small gull, quite common around here at the moment as they scavenge, uttering their shrill screams, over the city and out around the suburbs.

There is another photo of this species here .

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 450mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 7 Dec 2020.

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ARCHIVE 589 – SWAN, PREENING

 

 


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Mute Swan reaching back behind its wing to get at an itch or readjust its feathers.  

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom; Herriots Bridge, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 3 Apr 2017.

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OUTER SUBURBS 297 – DAYSTART, AND JACKDAWS

 

 


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Walking the Outer Suburbs, just as Our Star starts to rise.¬† Windows reflect the light, bands of colour fill the sky – and the Jackdaws? >>> they’re on the chimney top at far right.¬† They’re crows, the smallest of our crows, and they love chimneys;¬† they are starting to move as the light brightens, bustling on the chimney tops and filling the air with their¬† sharp calls – “tjack-daw!

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.¬†

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – certainly recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 49mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 1 Dec 2020.
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ARCHIVE 586 – CROW, IN WILD SKY

 

 


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Carrion Crow over our back garden, not long after dawn; 27 Nov 2011.

I very much like the limited palette of colours¬†but – as is so often the case¬†– I prefer this version to monochrome.¬† The crow – which looks for all the world like¬†a Photoshop insert!¬†– is purposely positioned away from any of the composition’s visual strong points, but with space ahead¬†to fly into.¬† Actually quite a reasonably sized bird, it looks so small here against the vast sky and very solid looking clouds:¬† this is intentional.

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.¬†

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 200mm; 800 ISO.

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