Wicken Fen Pony

There are a number of Konik ponies at Wicken Fen, a hardy breed originating from Eastern Europe and introduced to the Fen as part of a grazing programme. They are very photogenic, if you can find them.

On our latest visit we were lucky enough to come across a group of them grazing one of the fields and drinking from a small stream.
This one ventured closer to us – and I was able to capture this rather pleasing image!

Young Sparrow

Our new bird-feeder has been attracting sparrows, blackbirds, starlings and robins over the last couple of days.
This young chap ( miss? ) decided to rest on an old tree stump whilst dad went out kin search of food.
Much like our world then!

Taken on an Olympus EM-1, handheld, ISO 800 with a fully extended 75 – 300mm lens.
Processed in Lightroom CC ( and cropped ).

Wicken Fen Wind Pump

I’ve been here before, but this is one of those structures that seems to undergo changes in different lighting conditions.

This a wind pump used to pump water into the fens in an attempt to stop them drying out – or so I have been told.

Image taken on an Olympus EM-1 and processed in Lightroom CC and Nik HDR software

Lamp Light

An old garden ornament given a second lease of life …

Taken on a Nikon D800 with a 105mm macro lens, f/8 @ 1sec, ISO 200.
The 1 second exposure was to record the colour of the light from the tea-candle – and a burst of flash – reflected off a white ceiling, gently illuminated the rest of the scene.
Finished in Lightroom – a touch of sharpening and radial filter to enhance the lighting differential.

Steamed Up

A few weekends ago the Epping Ongar Railway held one of their steam weekends.
This image shows one of the locomotives noisily ‘exhaling’ steam at a ferocious rate – and sending debris and suchlike into the air.

Mostly steam and not so much of the locomotive, but I think it works!


I believe this to be a Horsefly. If not, I’m sure somebody will help me out! 🙂

It was another experiment in close-up / macro work. This was taken on a Lumix DMC-TZ60 – a point-and-shoot style of camera ( nothing wrong with that ) but because of the v small sensors in these devices this is almost certainly ‘close-up’ and not true ‘macro’ ( which to the purist requires at least a 1:1 image size to subject size capture ).

The niceties of such discussions aside, I was taken with the coloured bandings on the insect’s eyes – and the clarity in which the TZ60 had captured their detail.

I should also point out the error in the copyright line on this – the image is less than a week old! Oooops!


This is a focus-stacked image of a teasel – 43 layers combined together to give a depth of focus not usually achievable in close-up and macro photography.

The original images – those 43 slices – were taken in my garage on a Nikon D800 with a 105mm macro lens at f/8 mounted on a tripod and a focus rack ( used to move the camera forward between each exposure ).

Lighting was from two strobes, one mounted each side of the teasel. The 43 slices were then combined together using Helicon Focus software.