Finch on a branch

Apologies to bird people for not knowing what make and model this is. Was at my parents at the weekend and was astounded by the number of birds nicking peanuts and attacking the fat balls. Unfortunately, every time I went outside they flew off so I had to shoot from inside the conservatory. Was a dull day and I never had the tripod with me so the keeper per click ration was extremely low. Shot @ 300mm handheld, many shots were blurry, not only because the birds were extremely quick, but the feeders were blowing in the ferocious wind.

Some sort of Finch

Winter Leaf

OK, there’s not really much you can say about leaves, and this one isn’t any different to a million others. A lonely leaf, singular, and unique clings to a rosebush throughout the harsh winter.

Winter Leaf

If anyone is even remotely interested, this was taken through the glass windo of a conservatory, handheld at 300mm using a Sigma 70-300mm Telephoto Lens. Other details are as follows
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 800

Some sort of Bird !!

Some good came out of an otherwise miserable and depressing weekend. We spent some time at my parents at the weekend and were astounded by the number of birds nicking peanuts and attacking the fat balls.
Unfortunately, every time I went outside they flew off so I had to shoot from inside the conservatory. It was a dull day and I never had the tripod with me so the ‘keeper per click’ ratio was extremely low. Shot @ 300mm, handheld, many shots were blurry, not only because the birds were extremely quick, but the feeders were blowing in the ferocious wind. Noise on the 30D is also an issue with the ISO at a measly 800 prompting me to dream once more of being able to afford faster glass (or a body better able to deal with high ISO)

Some sort of Finch

Apologies to bird people for not knowing what make and model this is (all I know is it’s some kind of Finch)

Ash cloud not affecting views of the night sky in Canvey Island

Despite the blanket ban on flying, the panicked wheeze of chronic asthma sufferers and the cries of ‘we’re all doomed’ from the latter day god botherers, the ash cloud purportedly smothering the UK in it’s toxic arms hasn’t it seems spoilt the views of the skies over Essex. The wonderfully clear skies have remained so during the night allowing us mere mortals an unobstructed view of both stars and moon.
The tripod was in the car, so this one was taken hand-held with the 300mm at full stretch f5.6 @ 1/320 sec. A bit of cropping and a light dusting of unsharp mask in Photoshop complete the processing and voila.

1st Quarter moon