Rules of Photography

My Granddad showed me his camera, telling me as a boy

Ron you can capture a picture inside here and develop it.

All pictures can tell a story, that’s what’s fascinating about photography.

I will show you what I know and help you become a great photographer. Your Auntie is a great photographer and she turns her prints into watercolours and displays them in a gallery.”

Sadly my Auntie died from cancer at 32 just as I joined the Army, so I could not learn from her and see her work.

One thing my Grandad taught me was to break the rules of photography if you can capture a once in a lifetime shot.

I held those words with me.

On one occasion in 2013 I was spending time with a Short Eared Owl. As the day went on the images I got were the best owl images I had ever captured.

The location was on the coast of Fleetwood in a large wild field where the owl hunted.

As the sun went down over the horizon just behind the wall that went along from Fleetwood to Cleveleys, the owl began to hunt and landed about 50 feet away from me.

This was the closest it had come in two weeks of filming. I was in my Sniper clothing so it was unaware of me being there.

Looking into my viewfinder I could see my readings were wrong – very over exposed. Granddad’s words rang out

Take the shot Ron, you never know.

Into the sun it flew

Thanks Granddad.

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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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