A hoverfly (or yet another closeup of an insect)……

Hoverfly

Was checking over the kit in the garden and ended up with another damn closeup of an insect……. No tubes, just me laid flat out in damp grass, waiting for it to stand still – f10, @200mm 1/400, handheld (again). No flash.

Really do need to get out and do something else…….

Blue Moon

Well, strictly speaking the moons the same colour as it always is, but instead of beingh dark and night timey, I took this during the day during a rare patch of blue sky.

Hand-held, 200mm – What can I say. Definitely saving up for a 1.4 converter for this lens !!

Blue Moon

Great British Summer (or looks like rain dear)

Looks Like Rain

The newly formed team got together for their first friendly this weekend, playing against their older peers at the club.
True to form, the Great British Summer is truly upon us and although the sun was shining the clouds looked more than a little ominous….

Tricky Alf murders another pair of white socks………

Jump.......

Took a hell of a lot longer to stitch these than I thought it would and by no means a proper job.  Learnt a few hard lessons on the way to the end result here, the most important of which would be – DON’T MOVE THE CAMERA AT ALL when shooting with this in mind.
Also learnt a lot about masking and layers in Photoshop so not all a total loss.  Will be replacing this one with a more considered and better edit as soon as I have a few hours spare !!!

Needless to say that come the finish the socks were consigned to the dustbin

 

 

Reminder of Harwich. Thames Barge

I missed the Barge race earlier this weekend on the River Blackwater, but there were still plenty of them about on Sunday.  Wanted to try and give this an old feel without adding the grain and losing too much of the detail.  Not sure if I managed it or not, thoughts appreciated as always.

REMINDER of Harwich
Official No. 161033.
79 tons, built of steel at Mistley in 1929 by Horlock and owned by Fred Horlock.
Rerigged as charter barge by Roger Beckett of Anglian Yacht Services.
Charter barge out of Maldon.

Now chartering with Topsail Charters from Maldon

(Clicky Here – and no I’m not advertising for them, there’s just some additional information about the barge !!)

 

Barge on the Blackwater

And the original Colour version for comparison is below – Would appreciate any comments or feedback on whether the processing works for this particular shot.

Reminder - Harwich

Red thing, possibly an ant on a grass seed………

Red thing on Grass Seed....

 

 

The harder I try not to take any Macro shots, the more I seem to end up with – Was out for a walk yesterday along the banks of the River Blackwater in Essex.  Was looking to try and take an uncluttered panorama of the river and spotted a grass seed head that looked a bit odd (as in the wrong colour).  Only had the 70-200 F2.8 Sigma on me, and was quite pleased with the end result here.

Grasshopper – No Grass

Was sat out in the garden having a fag and a coffee when this chap hopped up onto the table. I didn’t expect it to still be there by the time I’d gone indoors and attached the kenko tubes to the 70-200 but he didn’t seem to be in any great rush to get back into the grass.
Grass would have made a better background but I’m not complaining too much. Took a few shots at a variety of settings, finding that f9 -f11 almost gave me enough DOF to keep it relatively sharp. Had to up the ISO to 800 to be able to hand hold and shoot. If I’d had the tripod handy I may have been able to take more shots and stack them all together but wasn’t sure how long it’d hang around for !!

Grasshopper - No Grass

Grasshopper - No Grass

Grasshopper - No Grass

Don’t think this was the same one from the weekend as that one never had the coloured armour behind it’s head. Somehow it seems that the garden at Canvey Castle here is becoming a bit of a nature reserve. If anyone could Identify what make and model of grasshopper this is I’d be quite interested to hear from you.