It's been a hectic couple of months which have seen much neglect to my beloved camera gear. I'm working hard to turn this around and not let day-to-day troubles get in the way of what I want to do. I recently managed to get back some much needed solitude by visiting WWT Slimbridge. If you follow my work you'll probably have noticed I quite like it there! It is incredibly therapeutic to sit in a hide and study the characteristics of different bird species in order to think ahead and capture those characteristics in an image or on video. Plus there's nothing like being able to get close up to some of the most beautiful birds in the UK.
This friendly little feller is well known for being a courageous bird and will often get very close to humans, sometimes close enough to feed from your hand. When it comes to photographing wildlife, you'll often find yourself silently begging for them to come just a little closer - not a Robin! This over-confident garden resident was hopping around my feet in the hide and nearly took a fancy to my lens as a handy perch. This did however, give me the oportunity to switch to my new lens. A lens I was extremely excited about as I've only ever dreamt before of it's famous sharpness. The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 II performed beautifully as I could have predicted, isolating the robin and blowing the background into a realm of soft nothingness. Shame to have a man-made object in the image but I still can't get over how pin-sharp that lens is! I'm looking forward to putting it to more use in the Cairngorm National Park in February where the Red Squirrels are tame enough to use 200mm effectively.
I am hoping to start uploading for video footage to my blogs from now onwards as I start building up my skills and portfolio in preparation for applying for a Masters Degree in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE with the BBC in the new year. As the year takes a turn for the colder, the migratory birds are returning and the spectacle of watching thousands of Golden Plover and Lapwing take to the sky in a cloud of ornithological beauty is upon us once more.