The Splash not just pressing a Button.

Here is a lovely selection of image taken with different cameras, different lens so many different locations, settings, light, backgrounds and foliage. Taken at a different age, in different clothing being in a calm mood, excited moon, different reactions, sitting by a river waiting, walking through a field,. From my car window, from my wildlife hide to my house window, my pop up hide, from the sea wall to the wildlife tower.

The hours spent from a few to many hours of research, little needed then more intense research visits to an area where the bird has been seen. Settings all different to times of the day, in bright light, poor light just right light.

For many years i posted images on 2 different media sites with no story behind it, but soon realised all the work i put into all my images is one that most people don’t understand that to get a photo, image a shot of the subject is not a simple case of buying the most expensive camera and Lens stepping out of the door and talking a image of a Golden Eagle swooping down low over the mountain top.

The net is full of images from different makes of camera some costing a lot of money others a few pound second hand, that person could just be driving his or her car and see a one off Photograph. A 10 Point Red Deer Stag standing in the road facing you. You reach for the cheap camera having the same 3 things that make up a image back in the 1800s to modern day tech. The Exposure Triangle will never change. So the person has good light the Deer is stood still so the next element of the triangle Shutter speed can be low, then because of this his ISO can be low. He decided to keep his camera on AUTO so the camera does all the settings for him. He takes the shot, the deer moves off he goes on his holiday and comes back. Not knowing anything about photography he puts his camera away like many other people and leaves it there for a month, then when he watches the TV there is a Photo competition so he gets his film out or downloads it onto his Tablet or takes it in to his local supermarket for a copy.

He enters it, weeks later he wins the competition and the image is the front of a magazine.

So when you look at my images they all have stories behind them, many hours of frustration when the image of a lifetime is just out of focus, a one off you will never see again. Hundreds of image deleted as the light was poor you forget to change the battery, no SD card when the Owl lands in front of you 10 feet way. forget to take your camera with you and see Geese flying with a Rainbow in the background. Images juts taken for granted because its that easy now anyone can do it, it can be done form your phone.

My work involves dedication commitment and thought for the bird or animal before the image, i carefully plan my mission going over it the night before, i would have been to the area to see where the sun is shining, objects that might spoil the image. Is the subject a subject of habit, will it turn up, will the weather change so after 5 hours of waiting i have to pack up. Will people walk past with a dog or just out for a walk just at the time when the bird appears and comes into range of your lens. A car go past and scare the subject off.

My Hay Fever start and i sneeze as the Kingfisher comes into land., my camera fails or wont work. I get told to move on as i have not asked permission to be there. I could go on and on but i think you get the point i am trying to make.

This is my Splash library i called it that as i love birds in water, as every image is different every image with the water never the same, droplets of all shapes and sizes colours reflections movement you could not make as it never happens the same. when i see the The timing is critical the burst rate of the camera has got to good. You need to follow the subject into the area where it is to make impact speed of the subject requires skill to follow it, then hit the shutter button and hope your settings are right.

This Great Crested Grebe was captured this year when i heard its distress call from inside the bushy area, knowing another intruder was near the nest. I just got ready knowing i had filmed this bird for 8 years never getting it flying over the water.

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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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