Today I went out for a little walk and took my new Laowa 60mm f2.8 macro lens with me.
Although this doesn’t really showcase the amazing features of the lens (2x macro magnification), I do like that it looks like a sneak peak into a hidden fairy world.
I thought I was too late for flocks of birds (I really don’t know very much about this kind of thing) but after having a poke about on the internet I think in fact it might be that I am early.
I’ve wanted to snap a huge flock of birds for a while, and I’ve been on the look out for them since September, but I’ve only seen small flocks. I was driving my mum home from TK Maxx when I spotted these, so if I’d not been driving her home I would never have seen them as I go another way 🙂 This is really close to my house, a 2 minute walk if that, but because of a houses estate I can’t see the pylons from my house so I’ve never noticed. I dropped my mum off, zoomed home and set up my monopod with ball head (first time use!) and attached my super zoom and off we went.
Waiting isn’t really one of my strong points so after about 2 minutes (might actually have been more like 5) I was ready to give up and try again later in the day or tomorrow (mum said they do it at the same time every day, so this was maybe 30 minutes after we’d seen them so I was thinking they’d moved on somewhere else. That was my logic anyway…). Just as I was about to put my keys in the ignition I noticed a small flocks so excitedly jumped out of the car. By the time I was out of the car they were out of sight, but at least I knew (or was hoping) that there were some birds still flying about so I waited with my monopod and massive lens whilst getting odd looks and people peeping their horns and shouting things (no idea what!). After about 5 more minutes I was rewarded with loads of birds! 😀
Patience is a virtue after all 😉
This afternoon (a very late afternoon until just before sunset) me and some photo friends went out to photograph some wild deer. Yesterday was a bit of a test run for this event; with the ultimate aim being to return during rutting season.
The walk wasn’t as bad as I feared, although lugging a 150-500mm zoom lens, camera with battery park and tripod around with me wasn’t the easiest of adventures but I am glad that I went – and most importantly I am looking forward to going back 😀
I decided to go for something a bit different with the edits as it was pretty overcast, or bland (the deer are pretty much the same colour as the landscape). Actually in quite a few of the shots the deer just look very grumpy indeed, and I also seem to have managed to capture an ‘action’ pooing shot; so that is just lovely!
This morning I drove us to the Chestnut Centre to go and photograph otters and generally test out my new lens. I bought a 150 – 500mm Sigma zoom lens, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. With rutting season coming up and a few photo friends knowing where to find deer (and rutting season being on my to do list for a while) I figured that I might as well buy one now so that I can practice with it.
This was hand held, and these deer are practically tame as they are at an animal sanctuary; but it was great practice for my new lens on it’s first proper outing. I took all of my shots hand held despite making kB carry my tripod. I was really surprised how sharp a lot of them were at 500mm 6.3 hand held by a female with no arm strength and a tremor! 😀
I managed to get some which were more in focus than this one, but I liked how the grass looked and the overall feel of this one hence it being photo of the day!
Day 2 / 16 – Photo in a different location every day challenge
Location 2: Owlthorpe Grasslands Grazing Project
This patch of land is at the end of the road my mum and dad live on. It used to be completely overgrown (grass up to your armpits overgrown, and I’m 5 foot 10!) but it is slowly being transformed. Fences have been put up, cows have been put in, trees have been chopped down… I’m not sure what the end goal with it is, as I’ve read that it was supposed to be turned into a living landscape; not too sure what the fences and paths and gates have to do with that. Maybe it has been bought.
047 // 365
After lots and lots of rain today was finally nice! Having said that I spent a large chunk of the late morning / early afternoon on the settee updating my shop (see here).
It was so inspiring to get out of the house and stomp about in the woods!