Yesterday I was off learning a little more about photo taking and how to use the camera settings. A course came up at Berry Head from the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust where I'm a member.
Mike Langman http://www.mikelangman.co.uk/ has been teaching us a little bit more on digital wildlife photography.
In the photos above and below I managed to get depth of field almost right for the first time-hurray! ..so this is something to watch out for when I'm taking these shots again.
It's Berry Head Lighthouse and I've managed to get everything in focus! It's really hard to remember everything, including making a good image as well as settings.....most of the time I forget.
Looking down towards Dartmouth and the guillemot nesting cliffs
I hope I'm going to get better at taking photos although I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to my photos-I like what I take and am happy with the results. Funny that, because there are some things you do where you really want to be so much better (for me it's gardening and singing). I'm really quite hard on myself in these two areas. However for some strange reason I'm not getting obsessive about photography...I just really enjoy it....and that's quite a relief.
Below is a moth-can't remember it's name but it was in the barn where we had our presentations (CT will no doubt be able to let me know what it is). There were two, a male and female and they mated whilst we were working, so we tried to leave them in peace. It's a shame it didn't move further up the bar it's clinging to as the bottom of it's wings were hidden under a pile of leaflets.
We had a presentation and Mike went through the pros and cons of the different cameras. Then we looked at how to use certain settings like depth of field and over and under exposure. A short guide on composition was very helpful with various images to support Mikes explanations.
Off we went for a walk around Berry Head to practise with Mike helping us out with various settings. I found a Wall, lots of burnets, and something no-one could identify...so need help here if anyone can identify the butterfly/moth in the second photo below.
Not a great photo of the Wall but it's a very pretty butterfly with a terribly drab name don't you think?
I don't know what this beetle is, but CT you saw this on your walk at Magdalen Hill too.
After lunch we had a talk on using the sports settings and camera speeds and then went down into the quarry where it's more sheltered to try our skills on the hundreds of burnets and the seabirds.
As you can see it was very difficult to catch the burnets in focus when they were flying and the grass was moving, so the image above should give you some idea of what an awful lot of my photos looked like!
At last I caught one in focus with the blue of the sea in the background...oh it was tricky
I did manage to get some quite good images of the seabirds though and see Fulmars nesting and flying, although ALL of the flying Fulmar images were blurred!
I love the detail of the feathers in the seagull chick photo below
Mike showed us before and after photos using various editing tools, and also identical images taken with bridge cameras v DSLRs. I did find all this very interesting.
Here's a few more photos trying to pick up on things happening around us
Some pretty flowers and grasses on the cliff edges (and some out of focus burnets-of course!)
A great black backed gull coming in to land on it's rock perch down in the quarry
Now the bird above is a Fulmar and the only image of one that isn't blurred beacuse she's sitting near her nest. They are related to the albatross, from the family of petrels and shearwaters although they look like gulls at first glance. They have a tubular nostril on top of their bill and black eyes with greyish shading around them.
And then a real cutie put in an appearance, the grey seal
It was a great day out and I really enjoyed spending the day at Berry Head. Mike was very good at explaining things and his presentations were simple but effective, and not over technical.
I'm sorry to have put so many flying gulls in but you know how much I like them and they do seem to show themselves very well in their beautiful surroundings.
Hello and welcome to new follower David Turner
More rain on the way for us but we need it now and at least I don't have to water the garden. Our holidays are almost over sadly and back to work tomorrow.Bye for now