All the brightest ideas

All the brightest ideas // 20 10 14

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The last week of a half term is always nice. There is that feeling of ‘aaah not long to go’ so in a way you perk back up a bit. The second and third last weeks before a half term are always the worst because you know you still have quite a way to go.

This week I am mainly marking like a mad woman so that I can have the next week totally off from work, and driving to Leeds for a training course on Thursday. Oh how exciting 😉

Sunrise at the Big Moor

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This morning I got up at 6 to go and shoot the deer again. I know it’s still a little bit too early for rutting, but I wanted to go in the morning to see where they were and what the light was like etc. They were miles away! Grrrr.
As I was arriving there was another photographer just about to set off so we spoke to each other a bit then split up and rejoined when we got closer to the herd. Never met him before but he was jolly nice and even though I’d gone on my own thinking I’d prefer some alone time it was actually nice to have someone to talk to as we just talked about the deers. He was quite funny too, which helped 🙂

Mr Stag Jr

When we went last time we (could have but didn’t) followed the path, so this time that is where I started off; only they weren’t there. Deers could most defiantly be heard but not seen. So I carried on walking forwards and ended up over the hill and down in the valley. There were a million deer all over the place. I could see two large herds and four stage just from where I was stood at the top of the hill. I chose the herd which was closer to the road and branched that way (better lighting and also logistically more sensible).

They are so loud and run so quickly that at times I was a bit concerned; but on the whole they were more interested in each other than us.
.Doe on the move

The walk back was an epic disaster as I decided it would be quicker to march through the marsh land and heather than walk back on myself to get to the path. This wasn’t a great move, and I fell over, lol. I say lol now but at the time I was in pain (knees and hips), I was soaking wet from the dew and I was tired… so I actually just wanted to lie on the floor 😛

Mr Stag

I am indeed looking forward to going back in a week or so for the rut; though now I think about it it will be pretty epicly scary to witness. I’ve read online that the rutting is better towards the end of the season as the bigger stags are tired, and this rather nicely coincides with half term ^_^

Birds of a feather…

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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 😉

Silhouetted stag and deers on the horizon!

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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!

Deers on the horizon!
The birds and the lone tree

Silhouetted against the sun

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The other day I received a message from Yahoo! asking me to submit some shots to their Project Weather. 

In a nut shell as part of their Yahoo! Weather app they have an image which shows the weather conditions in the place where you are (or where you are looking at a weather forecast for), so if you happen to be in a place where I have taken a landscape shot and the weather conditions are the same as the ones in my shot then my image might show up! 🙂

Suburban Sunset

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Today I finally got my own way… We put the tent up (to air it out and check for holes etc). We’re off to Bloodstock Open Air festival next month, and the putting up of the tent ceremony is something I always kind of look forward to. I’m not sure why I look forward to it, but I do!

Tent is fine, and all packaged up again. In my excitement I started writing lists of what we need to buy for the festival, then went out and bought some of it! hahah ❤

Waiting for dawn

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Today was a very exciting day on two accounts; one of which was the arrival of my new graphics tablet which OMG is amazing. Seriously.
The second of which I will reveal closer to the time 🙂

Transformation

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Bit of a pants day in terms of stress and anxiety; when I took yesterdays shot a lot of the images came out out of focus, but I put it down to me being in front of the camera off to one side and not being 100% sure where the camera was focusing, I was alone so I had to guess.
Today I was shooting me and kB and I had the same problem with the shots coming out soft and nothing really in focus, so I ended up getting mega angsty about it and trying to take lots of shots to prove to myself that it was OK.
Except that kind of back fired because they didn’t look OK; so then I started frantically looking at the cost of a new lens – only then to worry that it wasn’t the lens it was the camera, then oh sh*t what if I needed both.

Anyway kB did a science experiment on the camera/lens involving objects and a tape measure and everything seemed to be fine.
So then I took this shot, and my hair is very clearly in focus so all is fine again.

Odd.
I hope that I’d just gotten myself worked up and was proving myself wrong rather than it intermittently working.

As I am prepared girl I check the weather forecast a lot. Sometimes it is right, sometimes it is not…
All week it has been saying it will be a nice day today, so I decided to take my camera to work so that if I left at the earliest possible opportunity I could go somewhere local and take sunset photos.

January Sunset

 

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