Cuckoo (Female)

In early June I had an opportunity to capture some images of Cuckoos before they return to Southern Africa. This meant a very early get-up as I left home at 2:30am to get in situ ready for the first light of the day. I have recently purchased a camouflaged hide for this very purpose so…

A Ribble Valley Owl

There are a pair of Little Owls just on the outskirts of Clitheroe that seem to have set up a territory in some ageing trees on farmland. They have been spotted by quite a few others as they take their strolls in the countryside, with or without their dogs.An early (5am) start on a clear…

Free Webinars

There are many free webinars being shared at the moment by some companies trying to do their bit to keep us going. I tuned into a couple today, first watching Simon Burfoot sharing his lighting setups, then watched Gavin Hoey shooting glass bottles. Thank you to all of the people out there who are inspiring…

Ribble Valley Ramble (1)

As the coronavirus continues to lock us down my daily exercise now includes me taking a camera on the walks. There are many country lanes and footpaths around my home town in rural Lancashire so I will be exploring some of these over the weeks.A recent walk took in the back lanes between Clitheroe &…

Black Vine Weevil

I had a little bug hunt in the garden yesterday and came across a Black Vine Weevil lurking amongst the pots. Apparently they are a bit of a pest according the gardeners amongst us but it made a decent subject to practice focus stacking on. The bug was brought indoors to my home macro set-up…

Falling to Pieces

I’ve seen many images, of a very artistic nature, featuring flowers in vases or bottles so I thought I’d give it a go. The ingredients were pretty simple; an old Honey bottle from 1868, a rose that was past its best, a white-ish backdrop (3 pieces of A3 paper) and a few loose petals. I…

Focus Stacked Lily

When this Covid-19 thing started to restrict us, I needed to find some things to do and created a list of topics and tasks that would keep me busy for a while. One of them was to try to develop my skills in Focus Stacking, this being a technique where you photograph an object gradually…