My name is Ron Blackburn

I am 63 years old and a keen wildlife photographer. My first real images was back in 1979 in the Caribbean when I was aboard a small ship crossing from Bileize city to one of the islands of the coast. I had a Kodak camera that folded out, and when a Dolphin jumped out of the water I captured it in mid air.

That was my first image and I still have it today. I carried a camera whilst in the Army everywhere I went in my 22 year career. On leaving I took a break and started up again in 2010. Getting myself a Canon 50D with a Tamron 70-300..

Not having a camera in my hand for some time and going digital was a learning curve, but I started my bird photography again. I visited Stanley Park near Blackpool filming the ducks and swans just to get an idea what the camera would do. I quickly learned through research that you need goog Glass to get the Image Quality I was so used to with my old 35mm Ziess Lens.

So after 2 years I upgraded to the 7D and bought my first Prime lens 100-400. The difference was noticible from the first image I took but I had to go back to basics and learn the whole process how a image is created. From that day I took more notice of my surroundings, light, shadow and the direction of the Sun.

There were many evenings when I edited and nearly cried at the images that were under or over exposed. I searched the web for answers but not many photographers want to share their settings. So I would go out again and again and come back with a couple of images that were OK.

I quickly learned that all cameras have a sweet spot and found my setup was the best on f8 with other settings like ISO and a good shutter speed to freeze the action.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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