As a follow on from the last post – This blog is going to practically close for the next two weeks but please visit photoblog.nicklewis.net for the next few days to see some great new shots.
Where posts are mainly photographic, they go up on the Photoblog and where posts are more text based they go here. Well thats the plan for now on!!
I went down to Titchfield Haven today and was a bit worried at first as the weather was very grey when I woke up this morning. It picked up a bit by the time I completed the 45 mile journey from home but it remained mostly grey which isn’t ideal for photography. However the sun did peep through at times and despite the conditions I think I’ve got a good selection of images for my stock.
I am going to be leaving the Blog on “autopilot” for the next week or so because on Saturday 2nd June, I am getting married and we will be going away for a few days. So the first of my Titchfield photos will appear tomorrow and others will filter through during the week, I apologise if not many of them come with much text.
If you haven’t been to Titchfield Haven before it’s on the Hampshire coast where the river Meon meets the sea (Solent). It comprises of a mixture of habitats and attracts a phenomenal amount of wildlife all year round. To give you a brief idea of what I saw today – Redshank, Heron, Egrets, Cormorant, Avocet, Geese (of various kinds), Swan, Tern, Swallows (to quick for my lens!), Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Moorhen, Coot, Shelduck, Mallard and thats just the waders etc. Keep your eyes peeled as you will also spot a variety of species in the reeds such as Bunting and others.
Since its the closest wetland to me, I am planning on going there again as soon as I can. Anyway must go, got a load of images to sort through and then better start getting ready for the big day… Catch you all soon!
I have recently been exploring the potential of using Google Maps in pinpointing places that I’d like to explore for photographic ideas and likewise for marking locations I’ve found to be good. Continue reading →
Sometime back I slapped my satnav on the windscreen without much thought and pointed my camera at it. This took all of 2 minutes to take but has netted me two sales in a very short period of time. The same image has sold twice netting a total of $242.09 (via Alamy) which ain’t bad for a spur of the moment idea. The other factor that I believe has helped in this case is the simple fact that there are very few images of modern in car satnav systems on Alamy, although I am sure this will change with time.
See the images on Alamy…
I was mortified to hear the news this morning about the Cutty Sark. If it is arson as they are suspecting, I hope they catch the culprits responsible. If it wasn’t then its quite simply a terrible tragedy. The news is that its severely damaged and its hopeful that it can be restored to its former glory.
The picture above doesn’t really show much of the boat as at the time I was more interested in the elderly couple enjoying their stroll. I now wonder if it is a walk they may take regularly on a Saturday afternoon and that todays events may have had a direct effect on them???
Alamy – More Photos
Travel photography throws many challenges at the photographer and in this case I wanted to capture the essence of the cathedral without using flash. In my opinion using flash in sacred places such as this is a definite no no – and in any case its annoying for those around you, ruins the ambience and fails to capture the atmosphere. So in this instance I cranked my camera up to 1600 ISO and opted for an aperture of f4.5 1/60th of a second.
These kinds of shots also pose another challenge and that is photographing someone without them noticing unless of course your travel companion is willing to step in and play model!
Alamy – More photos
I quite often enjoy browsing other photographer’s sites and was browsing David Noton’s this morning. I read his latest despatch (May 2007) and cannot agree with it more. If you (like me) are a die hard photographer, its worth reading as it really sums photography up…