Friday, 31 July 2009

Oystercatchers on the Orwell

Two oystercatchers who waited for hours in the same place to have their photo taken.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Sculptor's House

Bird made out of walnut and bronze in John McGill's house during Open Studios.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Renault Fun Day

The Renault F1 team brought their car to Duxford today, 3 litres and 19,000 rpm, so the boys brought out their big engines - two 40 litre P&W 14-cylinder radials with a total 3400 bhp. But the car accelerated faster.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Roesel's Bush Cricket

This cricket is quite rare in Cambs, so we photographed it in situ to show where we were. Due to the narrow depth of field when viewing, we didn't notice the fen tiger strolling by.

Monday, 27 July 2009

The Pack

Five of the seven collies at Paxton Pits. The white-faced dog was deaf, and they are all waiting for the signal to go.

Sunday, 26 July 2009


A little barrel of blubber flying about like a toy aeroplane on straight wings. Taken at Hunstanton on a June evening.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Southern Hawker

We found this large dragonfly on a hedge this morning. We think it's a Southern Hawker.

Gallery Cat

Last weekend of Open Studio, dogs banished again, but you can't keep a cat out.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Collie Pack

Out walking today, we met a lady with seven collies. Here are two of them.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Great-crested Newt

Moved the wheelybin and found this amphibian. He had a bright orange belly, like the tips of his toes.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Rust in Peace

Another piece of ancient marine metalware.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Age and youth

Edith and her great-granddaughter Hannah. The baby was one month old, while her great-grandmother was born the year the Titanic sank, 1912.

Monday, 20 July 2009


My favourite breed, the collie, doing what it does best - racing about and barking all at the same time. Crufts, 2009.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Another black-headed amphibian

Flying things fascinate me. This PBY was photographed at Old Warden, where you can see it closer to than at its home base at Duxford.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

15mm fisheye

It's Open Studios time, when 'Er Indoors throws the dogs out of their doorside bed and throws open her doors to show the world her photographs. So I borrowed her 15mm fisheye lens (which comes out at 24mm on my camera) to photograph the Long Gallery (or Kennel).

10mm same viewpoint

Then I tried my 10mm non-fisheye, which comes out at 16mm. From the same viewpoint, you get more in, but the geometry looks a bit skewy.

10mm low viewpoint

This looks better, but it's not such a good viewpoint, except for the empty bed where the dogs usually sit.

Evicted dog

One of the evicted dogs, not looking very 'appy. The other one refused to be photographed.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Orford Ness Cold War building

This is one of the buildings used to carry out tests on atomic bombs during the 1950s. It was designed to direct any accidental blast upward, through the roof, which has now fallen in, making shadows on the walls.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Black-headed Gull

This bird kindly chose a dark background to show off its dazzling plumage.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Sue at Belstead

I cranked the ISO up until the camera was sweating at ISO 1600 and
took the photo at 1/30th at f/2.8 on a 60mm macro. Sue was lit by a window behind her and her computer screen in front.

Monday, 13 July 2009

The Lure of the Old

I like photographing photographers with their favourite subjects. But who am I to talk?

Saturday, 11 July 2009

angled boat

Posterizing seems to work quite well with rotting wood and peeling paint.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Young Swallow

One of a family of swallows whose parents were trying to get him or her to catch his or her own supper. Orford, Suffolk.