Since my trip to Palacerigg on New Years Day, we’ve been back in lockdown & travel pretty much prohibited. My work’s also been pretty hectic, so much of my photography has been either inside, in the garden or on my walk to work. I’m finally getting to head out today so have had to check all my gear over.
My basic day out gear:
Snappy (DSLR) with 18-55mm lens (+ lens bag)
Sigma 18-300 lens (+ lens bag)
Lensy with case, glass stand & suction holder
Cross poloriser filter
ND8 filter (haven’t used this one yet, so going to give it a go)
+10 close-up filter (not taking my macro lens — mostly going to be landscapes)
This morning sees the last full moon of 2020, so I thought I’d have yet another go at capturing it. Up until today, all my shots of the moon were over-exposed & subject to the dreaded camera shake (even when using a tripod). My awesome wife found a video on YouTube by Paul Farris at Photo Genius.
I knew what was going wrong with previous shots, and had mostly got the issues sorted, but no matter how hard I tried, couldn’t get rid of camera shake (every time I pressed the shutter release, there was shake 😩). Apparently the trick is as simple as using the timer on the camera 🤔 Having watched the video, I set up & headed into the back garden at about 5am, pitch black & a chilly -3℃. I say pitch black, apart from the moon obviously 😂
Some of the shots were over exposed & lacked definition.
Some were under exposed but with good definition.
…and finally, I think I manged to hit the sweet spot 🎉 with good definition & exposure level 😃 with a shutter speed of 1/60 s 🤘
Hi all 😃 Whilst out in Cumbernauld House Park one misty morning, I’d noticed that there were alot of Ravens about; there were groups of them on the snow, as well as filling the trees. These first shots were taken on my way into the park
On my way back out, the fog had shrouded the land & everything was a lot duller. There was one Raven pecking away at the grass under the snow ignoring the others. A couple of others must have taken umbridge at this & went over to hastle it. There was much raucous squalking & the fight then took to the foggy sky. The aeriel combat was fast moving & constantly changing direction swiftly; hard to follow in low light conditions at the maximum range of my 300mm zoom lens.
Eventually the solitary raven evaded the others by pulling off a sharp mid-air u-turn, & shot off into the fog; while the three of them were flying in a straight line, he basically folded his wings & when he re-opened them was heading in the opposite direction 😲