Bowtruckle is, apparently, a character for the Fantastic Beasts film, book, comic (?), I’m not sure which.
But this bendy little toy, seen in a local toy shop, looked like potential shoot material. So here she/he is – in a studio constructed version of what Bowtruckle’s home looks like (in my imagination!!)
It’s been much colder this week – and the light outside has gone grey and flat.
So I’ve retreated into my small studio in the garage and been experimenting with studio shots of shop-bought flowers. Maybe as Winter passes and Spring arrives I’ll try something similar with the seasonal wild-flowers as they appear during the year. Maybe even try to achieve this outside where the plants are growing. Maybe!!!
All taken on the Olympus OMD EM-II with a 12-100mm Pro lens and a couple of flash guns. Plus a little bit of Photoshop magic. 🙂
I was lucky enough back in April to be invited along to witness the flying of a Tawny Owl in a privately owned bluebell wood.
At the end of the display the owl was rewarded with a meal of a mouse – and I was rewarded with a sequence of images that show the bird manipulating the meal and then swallowing it head first having initially, I am told, crushed the mouse’s skull with its very powerful beak.
All taken on the Olympus EM-1 MkII + 40-150mm f/2.8Pro lens, ISO 2000, f/3.5 and 1/125sec in natural lighting.
We’ve just returned from a week in Shropshire where we stayed in a stunning house situated to the west of Ostwestry, close to the Wales/England border. These images are of the view from the main sitting room and verandah, looking west into Wales.
They show, not only the magnificence of the view, but also the changing light and conditions that we saw during the week.
Even on the last days as we prepared to leave, and the rain hammered down across the valley, it still retained its splendour and beauty.
If you do not know Shropshire, go take a look. But don’t tell too many people. Keep it our secret. 🙂
On our trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed I decided to walk down the river to get underneath the famous railway viaduct. ( More of that later, perhaps.)
On the way I came across this cormorant that had caught itself some lunch! A huge flat-fish of some type, that seemed far too large to swallow. And, indeed, the bird did seem to spend some time trying to decide how it was going to eat its meal. Note also how much of the cormorant in the first two shots appears to be under water!!
Eventually, as shown in the final image, it swallowed the thing whole! Amazing!
It sat for a while on the water, made a couple of attempts to take off, and on the third go it flew along the river and under the arches of the viaduct. What a catch.
During our Northumberland trip we spent an evening on the beach at Bamburgh in the hour – and a little after – sunset.
The changing colour of the light was fantastic, and the colour when the sun had finally set was stunning. We could have stayed longer – but in the end the call for food, and a glass of wine, was too strong.
Bamburgh and the Northumberland coast is one of England’s best kept secrets. Don’t tell too many people about it!
A still-life set up using many of my father’s old tools, including the wooden tool chest.
Lit with a single continuous video lamp, through a cardboard snoot and a couple of layers of tracing paper to soften the light. The lamp glow was from a small torch behind the lamp – but the resulting very blue light needed significant ‘warming’ in Photoshop.