1. New ebook

    Ruska – Revontulet: Autumn in Finnish Lapland
    (How to Photograph the Northern Lights)

    I’ve just published a new ebook which can be purchased through my website. Although this will be my second, this is my first on a specific region and it is something I have wanted to do for quite some time. Infact, the title came long before the book! Some of you will already be aware of my numerous visits to Finnish Lapland through the tours that I run and my own personal adventures and so I thought it would be a nice idea to produce a Monograph containing my very best photographs from this stunning part of the world.

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    Comprising of 70 high resolution images and concluding with a detailed How to Photograph the Northern Lights section, this ebook contains invaluable tips and advice accumulated from innumerable hours of photographing the aurora borealis. For all those planning to venture to the far north (or south) in search of one of nature’s greatest spectacles or simply those who wish to have a clearer understanding of capturing our own night sky, this is sure to help you along your way.

    layout-6Adobe Acrobat PDF document.
    70 high resolution images (50 MB)
    63 pages. £4.99 + VAT

    Purchase here

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  2. Photographing flowers time-lapse – A bit of fun!

    A time-lapse showing me photographing an early-purple orchid, here, in the woods of north Kent last week. The whole process (photographing the flower) took, around, 20 minutes and, if you’re wondering what the device is that I use to steady the orchid, it’s a Wimberley Plamp.  Hope you enjoy it.

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  3. First and only? I hope not!

    Well, it’s 7 days now since here in Kent (along with most of the UK) we “enjoyed” hard frosts and quite a bit of snow. It’s so infrequent now that when it does occur I (and I’m sure 1000’s of other photographers) rack our brains to think of where to go in order to capitalise on this short lived event.

    For the last month, or so, I have set up a bird feeding station quite near to where I live on the North Kent Marshes to see what I could pull in different to the usual woodland species that I have photographed time and again in subsequent years. With regular visits I could see that I wasn’t getting anything particularly interesting coming in aside from tits and greenfinches. So, I decided to go to Knole Park where they have a large herd of fallow and sika deer. With a wonderful hard frost, I enjoyed a good few hours from dawn, milking the conditions for all it’s worth!

    Sika deer

    Sika deer

    This was the first time I used my 200-400 f4 that I acquired a couple of months ago and it really proved it’s worth with me being able to shoot close-ups and contextual, without moving or adding tele-converters.

    Sika deer

    Sika deer

    Fallow deer buck

    Fallow deer buck

    Sika deer

    Sika deer

    For all the sika deer photographs, I used a Manfrotto monopod as continually altering the legs on a tripod can be both tiresome and time consuming which may result in missing a shot. For the fallow deer buck image, I hand-held the camera while laying down, utilising the VR.

    Sika deer

    Sika deer

    I was just sitting down, upwind from this sika and it came closer and closer, sniffing the air every few steps.

    Inquisitive Sika deer!

    Inquisitive Sika deer!

    The day after, heavy snow was forecast for the Sevenoaks area, predicted for around 12 o clock. I wasn’t going to miss this, so arrived at 9 and just waited. The fallow were very shy and with such a strong wind, understandably, took shelter in the wooded areas.

    Fallow deer fawn and doe

    Fallow deer fawn and doe

    Fallow deer fawn

    Fallow deer fawn

    After the above encounter, it was a full hour before I got anywhere near close enough for a decent size image. I came across 4 bucks and by keeping a respectful distance, they took little notice. And, as if on cue, the snow REALLY started to come down. Perfect!

    Fallow deer buck

    Fallow deer buck

    Fallow deer bark-stripping

    Fallow deer bark-stripping. They do this as a source of food, most often in winter.

    Fallow deer buck

    Fallow deer buck

    A few days later and with snow still on the ground I headed to my hide on the marshes where I witnessed the most extraordinary thing! As I walked to my hide to top-up the feeder I noticed a fieldfare in a hawthorn, not 4m away! Amazing. They are generally very wary so what on earth was it doing, just sitting there? I stood and watched as it sat and picked off nearby berries. The camera was in the car so I walked back the 100m or so, fitted the camera to the tripod and returned, only to find it was still there! It remained so for the next minute, allowing me take a few shots before it dropped to the ground, picked up a few berries and flew off to join the rest of the flock. I guess, it’s the hard weather that makes wildlife bolder.

    Fieldfare

    Fieldfare

    I then got comfortable in my hide, observing greenfiches, blue and great tits come and go and then a bird appeared on a thistle seed-head I had only ever seen a few times before and certainly never photographed. A lesser redpoll. I took a few tentative photographs as it fed frantically on the seed-head. It flew to a nearby hawthorn then immediately returned. I let it feed for a while, took another shot and this time it took no notice. This was a rare opportunity to get close-ups of a bird I hardly see, so didn’t hold back in the amount of images Thankfully, quite afew came out sharp!

    All images on this post were taken using a Nikon D300, 200-400 f4 and, more often than not, iso 800. For the redpoll shots, at f5.6 I used a shutter speed of 1/1600 sec.

    Lesser redpoll

    Lesser redpoll

    Lesser redpoll feeding

    Lesser redpoll feeding

    Lesser redpoll

    Lesser redpoll

    Lesser redpoll

    Lesser redpoll

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