So the Owl is in my best top ten but it is not only the Owl that fascinated me on my journey with nature.
Take the Dragon Fly insect that never seems to keep still, many hours trying to capture it in flight and others just creeping through the grass when it lands
So one day in the summer of 2012 I was walking along a disused railway when I noticed a dragon fly moving back and forth. Standing still I watched as it settled on a leaf stem.
Being a bit more flexible in those days I crawled forward using the old leopard crawl I had learned in the Army days.
Camera ready I had a Canon 60mm Macro Lens on my Canon 50D. Getting closer and closer I got within inches of it and I as I looked through the lens at its beauty, it seem to look at me straight on.
This was so exciting as I had never seen the detail icon this amazing insect before. So I took about 20 to 30 shots and moved slowly back.
Was this another meeting wher nature and man meet and everything is just perfect. I really don’t know and thats what is great about wildlife photography.
Look at the detail and colour on the Emporium Dragon Fly.?
Considering this droplet is the size of a Pepper corn, it delivers fantastic images when dropped from high into a bowl of water. Yes this has tested me and i have tried for 12 months to get it spot on. Today i set up different and set my f number to 16 keeping my ISO at 100 and my shutter speed at 1/200. With the Godox TT865S mounted on the Sony A7r4 i used the Tamron 28-75mm.
The setup was very simple i used a concrete block to sit the bowl of water on with a shower curtain underneath. I then used another concrete block to rest the camera on. Getting the level right was the hardest as i wanted the lens just on the top of the water, i managed this by just adding some paper card.
Once i had done that i had to control the speed of the water coming from the tube. The method was to watch where then droplet landed in the water, the n with a plastic ruler i placed it in the water with the numbers visible. Using the Manual focus on the Tamron i focused on the ruler as a droplet hit it. The Background was made from Printing designs from the internet and placing it behind the bowl
These are the best i images i have taken and the only thing to do now is to get even closer and use the 90mm Macro so the super sharp and are a 1 to 1 image. I am loving the images this fun form of photography produces and i am going to continue and experiment further. The Machine that does all this for you cost about £200 so considering i have not spent anything yet and just used my imagination i feel i am doing really well.
Making a cup of tea at 4.45am, the chill circles round my head that once had hair, my feet feel cold. I reach for my Caving one piece suit, then my thick Dressing Gown.
Back under my 15tog quilt, I hold my hot cup of tea. There is always one thing I think of, how do the birds keep warm. Little Blue tit comes first to the feeder, then the Male and Female Blackbird.
Yes we are warm but my thoughts are always for the ones who spend life dsy and night trying to survive. I life they don’t choose like all of use.
They roost in nest boxes, I know that but I wish i knew the places they seek when they roost for the night. Our Bella gets covered with Thick Blankets to keep her warm.
If you look at a birds feeding habits you learn all about how they live a daily survival strategy. First they feed in the morning to build up energy. Then most return at 3.30 in the afternoon.
They return before last light as I call it, this is the time they know is the final feed before a long night, so when you think of it, from Oct to Jan the light fades about 1600hrs and gets brighter about 8am that is a long time for a Small bird or any bird to sit in freezing conditions.
The afternoon feed is so important, so if you have any foods from the night before that are safe and will benefit the birds in your garden save it for next day. This is a simple but rewarding feeling when you put it in the garden and help the birds through winter.
Fruit, nuts, cereals but remember Bread maybe the first thing you reach for but crumble it very small, blend it as without water its very hard for a bird to swallow. That’s why you see Ducks dipping it in water first,
Please spare a thought for our beautiful birds that need our help, we all find life hard at times but they depend on us to help with their Survival.
Have you ever wondered why lots of things come in 3s, where did it come from.
The 3 elements that make an Image.
They come in 3s
Number of Bones in the Human Ear.
My 3 Piece Suit
My childhood Tricycle.
3 French Hens.
3 Little Pigs.
Bronte Sisters 3
3 Sheets to the wind.
3 Feet in a yard.
3 legged race.
They say it comes in 3s.
On your marks, get set, go.
Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, See no evil.
The Strongest geometric shape.
Rock Paper Scissors
3 Times a Lady by Lionel Richie.
Rule of Thirds Photography.
3 Wise Owls.
3 Wise Men.
3 Wise Monkeys 🐒
To Thrive in life you need 3 Things
- A Wishbone
- A Backbone
- A Funny bone.
3 Blind mice.
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.
3 Little Kittens 😸 that lost their mittens
The 3 Ring 🎪 Circus.
We are the 3rd planet from the sun.
Swim, Bike ride and Run. The Triathlon.
Oxygen, Heat, Fuel the Fire Triangle 🔺️ 🔥
The 3 Degrees.
Knock 3 times on the ceiling if you want me.
T Junction. Turn Right. Turn Left. Turn Round.
3 Steps to Heaven.
Please Add your 3 thing.