1. Award

    Winners have been announced, and I am very pleased to say that for the second time I have won the Botanical Britain category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Taken on the north Kent coast, this image of kelp was captured at dawn on a receding tide. I initially went there to photograph an entirely different scene but the weather didn’t cooperate and so, with an open mind, went searching for alternatives. I was immediately struck by the water moving back and forth along the kelp-bed channels, and how by using a slow shutter-speed a soft, ethereal effect could be created. Very much looking forward to the awards ceremony, tomorrow, and meeting other winning and commended photographers. Congratulations to all.

    Nikon D810, 20mm, ISO 100, 2.5 secs, f/16, Lee 0.6 hard-edge grad filter, Benbo tripod.

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  2. Rain, rain and more rain!

    It’s been the wettest January, for some parts of the UK, since records began 100 years ago and so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that for many photographers this hasn’t been the most productive start to the year! In the SE we have had just a handful of frosts (maybe less!) and not the slightest hint of snow which, although may cause disruptions, nature photographers just love. Well, I do, anyway! I’ve tried to remain optimistic and seem to spend more time checking weather forecasts than doing anything else for the slightest opportunity of a sunrise or sunset. However, as illustrated in the final image, if you are flexible in your approach and keep an open mind, it’s surprising the images that can be made, regardless of the conditions.

    That said, I will be seeing snow this year with a trip to Poland on Monday for bison and at the end of the month to Finnish Lapland for a multitude of subjects in preparation for a tour in 2015 where, I hope, some of you will be able to join me.

    Oystercatchers in flight over the North Kent mudflats at dawn. Nikon D300, 200-400 @ 300, iso 400, 1/20 sec. f14, handheld.

    Oystercatchers in flight over the North Kent mudflats at dawn
    Nikon D300, 200-400 @ 300, iso 400, 1/20 sec. f14, handheld.

    The Swale at sunrise Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 3 secs. f16, Lee 0.6 ND grad.

    The Swale at sunrise
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 3 secs. f16, Lee 0.6 ND grad.

    Harty Ferry slipway at sunrise. Taken a short while after the above image.  Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 25 secs. f22, Lee 0.6 ND grad + ProGlass Standard ND filter.

    Harty Ferry slipway at sunrise. Taken a short while after the above image.
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 25 secs. f22, Lee 0.6 ND grad + ProGlass Standard ND filter.

    Little Stour at sunset Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 13 sec. f16, Lee 0.9 ND grad and ProGlass Standard ND.

    Little Stour at sunset
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 13 sec. f16, Lee 0.9 ND grad and ProGlass Standard ND.

    Kelp and incoming tide at dawn.   Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 2.5 secs @ f16, 0.6 ND grad.

    Kelp and incoming tide at dawn.
    Nikon D600, 20mm f2.8, iso 100, 2.5 secs @ f16, Lee 0.6 ND grad.

     

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