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Cornwall – Seals

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We were sat in a Pub garden that overlooked Newquay Harbour. Tina pointed at something that she thought was a seal. I told her it was probably a rock or a large clump of seaweed. I honestly thought thats what it was at first until the object vanished and appeared over on the other side of the Harbour. I was now getting worried that my eyesight was on the blink or I had eaten too many pasties and my brain was starting to malfunction.

I reached for my bloody large 50-500 lens and attached it to my camera and scanned the harbour for signs of life. The large rock suddenly developed the ability to swim and had spawned three other rocks. I rapidly realised that I must listen to my wife more often, as she was spot on, they were indeed seals.

We decided to gulp our drinks back and descend the steep combination of road and steps down to the harbour. We got there and our marine mammal friends were still there, in fact they weren’t at all in a rush and even happily volunteered themselves as willing models for my camera. All of the sudden a big crowd had gathered to watch them and a mysterious guy turned up in a Range Rover, hopped out with a bigger lens than me (now thats not on), took one shot, got back in and drove off!! Bizarre!!

Here are some more shots – Please click on each to view larger version and use the cursor keys to flick through them all.

Enjoy!

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Chestnuts!

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To view all of the images, click on any one of the above thumbnails and use the cursor keys to navigate. Esc to exit the “Lightbox” feature.

Its definitely Autumn as we went chestnut picking yesterday and our pickings made some fine subjects for my kitchen based studio. The best place being right under the window for natural light, as I prefer that to the artificial variety.

I found a kitchen tray, 2 pieces of black card and placed my subjects on one piece of card, I used the other as a light absorber. “Light absorber” you ask? Well if you place a piece of black card next to a subject it helps reduce harsh highlights, as it absorbs the light rather than reflects it.

Placing everything on a kitchen tray makes life a little bit easier as you can slide it around without having to alter focus too much.

Camera kit used – Nikon D200, Tamron 90mm lens and a tripod.

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Northern Wheatear

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Northern Wheatear (winter plumage) (Oenanthe oenanthe) – I spotted this one whilst walking along the coast path between Fistral Bay and Pentire head. It showed quite well and then flew away to a clifftop nest that was out of view. I used my 50-500mm lens with a beanbag perched on top of a dry stone wall to get the shot. Some other versions are available within the Gallery sectin of this site.

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Back from Cornwall

We had a great stay in Cornwall this week, the weather was stunning and we feel refreshed if a little knackered from the number of miles we walked! I have got some photos but not many as we were on holiday. I am downloading them now and will go through them once I’ve had time to do so and will be using them as the basis of the next week’s blogging.

I managed for a week without internet or computers and to be frank it was utter bliss!

42 new images have passed Alamy QC whilst I have been away and they will probably appear on the system sometime during Monday.

We saw quite a lot of wildlife during our few days away including seals in Newquay Harbour (got photos), various coastal birds. We discovered a great farm shop too that makes excellent chocolate amongst various other things!

Will catch up on things a little more over the next few days!