Farne Islands Grey Seals

We are in Northumberland at the moment, and on Tuesday we took the boat trip from Seahouses out to the Farne Islands. Not too many birds in residence – the Puffins were miles out to sea – but there were hundreds of grey seals, some in the water, most just lazing on the rocks. Very photogenic – here is a taster. There may be more to come.

Taken on the Olympus EM-1 and my new Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens. Very nice!

Backlighting with Flash

Something I’ve been meaning to try for a while – and this morning whilst out for a walk I picked up a Sycamore seed ( there’s probably a proper name for this. Oh well! ).
Anyway, it lead me to this …

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Strawberry, Kiwi Fruit, Grape … and the Sycamore Seed. All taken on perspex backlit with a single flash – and captured on the Nikon D800 with a 60mm macro lens.


Seen in Epping Forest and captured using the Olympus EM-1, a 60mm macro lens and off-camera flash – a new development for me : a skill I am trying to improve upon!
Not the crispest macro shot I have taken, but it was hand held – and the little blighter was in an awkward position in amongst the leaves of a stinging-nettle!

Painting With Light

Last night I, and a bunch of friends from our photography club, visited Copped Hall in Essex where I had my first experience of Painting with Light.

These are the best of my images. Not bad for a beginner – even if I say so myself.

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All the images were taken on the Olympus EM-1 with a 14-140mm lens and an ISO of either 200 or 400. Most of the exposures were 30 seconds although the starry sky was a 60 second exposure.

Thank you, of course, to Copped Hall and Peter Warne in particular, for allowing us access to this superb location.

Swallow Falls

Yesterday we visited Swallow Falls near Betws y Coed.

These images are straight from the Olympus EM-1 with only minor tweaks and cropping in Lightroom.
The portrait shot was a 1/2 second exposure; the landscape, 50 seconds with a ‘big-stopper’ neutral density filter.

My disaster of the day was when one leg of my tripod decided it wouldn’t ‘lock’ in the extended position.
I was left, effectively, with a two legged tripod. As useless as custard in a collander!!