Manual 365/101 Release The Bokeh!

Over the last week or so the scenes have been huge so I thought I’d pull it in a tad, a quick coffee with some friends and then a bit of a wander around some quite woods.

Former GloryDSC_236448mm @ f/8.0, 1/40th Sec, ISO 100

And, much as I love the sound of crashing waves the birdsong and rustling of a woodland in Spring comes just about level on the perfect scenario scale. I did catch a glimpse of what might have been a Muntjac Deer  (It could have a been a dog but there were no walkers near so I’m going with the deer) so went into *stealth mode for a bit but the constant shrill alarm call of some unseen and obviously upset bird kinda blew that for me.

So off came the 55-300mm and on went the trusty 18-55mm stock lens (the longer lens works well for macro shots but the camera shake at slower shutter speeds can be a real pain.)

I paused waiting for the woods to erupt Snow White style with critters and birds now that I couldn’t zoom in tight on them but no, just my pissed off little feathered friend continuing to announce my presence and stubbornly refusing to show himself!

So onward through the undergrowth. One thing I have noticed now that I’m actually taking the time to really observe the things around me is that nature don’t half drag her heels! I’ve been looking forward to Bluebell season for ages and still it’s not here… It is close though…

Budding “Blue”bellDSC_238455mm @ f/5.6, 1/60th Sec, ISO 100 Boken blurred further in lightroom and inverted radial filter to increase the clarity around the flower head

Old Moss HippyDSC_235842mm @ f/8.0, 1/40th sec, ISO 100

Old Fungus New IvyDSC_237518mm @ f/3.5, 1/40th Sec, ISO 100 very slightly blue graduated filters bought in from top right and top left to drop the exposure of the blown dapple effects and green filter from the bottom to bring up the greens on the ivy without affecting the top leaves.

At the beginning of my blog I briefly mentioned a couple of friends, Tanya and Nick both of who are established and extremely good artists. The woods I was traipsing around is just behind their studio.

Tanya has been a supporter of my blog since the beginning and often comments here and retweets my links to her massive following on Twitter. Tanya paints wildlife on recycled wood and I adore her work, one of her pieces adorns our living room wall. You can see her work at (Our piece is the Owl second from the top! ;o)) and she tweets here

And Nick, where do I start with Nick?… Honestly, I have no idea where to start, he is prolific. Tell you what, go have a look:

He paints

He blogs (And he is sooo much more eloquent than I),

And he exhibits…


Thanks for the coffee guys! x

And my final effort from today


Back to work tomorrow… Booo!

*6ft, slightly puffing and dressed in blue kinda stealth. Not recommended…

Peace Peeps! x





Manual 365/27 A Clump Of Ladies…

A few months ago, before I got my Nikon I stumbled across a number of Lady Birds hunkering down for the winter outside the office on a fence and got a macro shot of them using my Fuji Finepix point and shoot. Today is the first time I’ve been back to this office this year and I made a point of checking them out and sure enough, they’re still there and they’ve increased in number to the point where the rule of thirds no longer apply, you’ll see what I mean when you look at the picture from a few months ago.


This is the one I took back in November, Added Kudos to the yellow fella who’s moved on now…


It’s difficult to try and take macro shots with an 18-55mm lens and I have tried to follow the advice of zooming  and moving to get close ups and focus right but I don’t think the picture is as sharp as it could be. I will, given time, invest in a macro lens and really get down on my knees!

Below I’ve included a couple of pictures I took over 2 years ago on the Fuji, unfortunately, because of the blasted Kindle I’ve had to snag screenshots off of Instagram so they’re not the original files. I don’t know if this will effect the view but I have no idea where the originals are!

Her Work Is Done




Links to all my other endeavours are in previous (not posted using a Kindle) blogs…

Tomorrow is all prepped, Clear skies, tall buildings and sunrise.