Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ways of Seeing

How do you portray a cathedral?  Underexposed as in the top two pictures, or with detail on view, as in the lower pictures?  Ely's Octagon seems to benefit from light, as does the mirrored ceiling.  All photos with fisheye lens.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A-Mazed Again

Back at Milton.  Bug demonstrates the new golf grip while Sadie looks for lumps and bumps.  Then they both build a house and Bug collides with a chocolate cake.

Monday, 28 July 2014


I was Ann's sidekick at a wedding she photographed on Saturday.  One of my tasks was to photograph the groom's son playing the trumpet as the bride walked up the aisle.  Luckily I had my fisheye lens and hung out of the organ loft to get the picture (1/20th at f/5.6).  Ann managed to herd the guests together for a group picture from the balcony three floors up.  Holding the fisheye above my head, I photographed the moment the group gratefully broke up.  The place-setting was taken on the 18mm Fuji lens, the finale of the groom's band again on the fish-eye (1/3 sec at f/4).

Saturday, 26 July 2014


A big enlargement from a fish-eye picture, with two bits of flare.  Meredith noticed the one near her eye when I showed her this photo.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Maize Maze

Our first visit to the maize maze at Milton.  Bug enjoyed feeding the goats (it tickled) and she and Sadie  fuelled the tractor with wood chippings.  Lower pix with fisheye lens.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The President's Party

This year's CCC president lives in a windmill with cats and dogs.  Hats were de rigeur on a hot afternoon.

Gamlingay Woods

The Peacocks were in full plumage, but the Ringlet was motionless and tatty.  Some of the Silver-Washed Fritillaries were ragged, but others were pristine.  (All pix on Fuji with flash at f/8.)

Friday, 18 July 2014

Heat Wave

Off to Paxton Pits in a thunderstorm, but that cleared to humid sunshine and 33 degrees C.  The Brimstone (top) was cooperative, but the white was bumped off the flower by a brown after only one frame.  Back home, we filled the pool with cold water for Meredith and an alfresco Sadie, who cooled her toes with water.  

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Skippers and a Bee

Not many butterflies left in Toft Wood this evening.  The bee was all tucked up in the flower, but the upper skipper was flapping its wings to spread its scent - successfully, it seemed.   

Friday, 11 July 2014


Half an hour in Toft Wood produced these photos.  The Marbled Whites were warm and feeding well, but easily disturbed.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Bug Watch

Pix today with 135mm at f/2.   

Friday, 4 July 2014

Four New Species

All in one hot and sunny day in Bedfordshire.  Richard Revels took us to a location where we saw, from the top, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Comma and Silver-Washed Fritillary butterflies.  We took our own fresh dog pooh (thanks, Millie) but the Emperors seemed to prefer older stuff ...

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

More Butterfly Pictures

The search for a smooth, stem-free background goes on.