1. Marbled Whites

    One of the obvious advantages to working, predominantly, close to home is that I have regular contact with my subjects and in doing so puts me in the position of visiting the location regularly and at the drop of a hat, when conditions are favourable. I was out for a stroll on a favourite part of the North Downs just 10 minutes from where I live at the end of last month. Fragrant, bee and man orchids had all gone over and, in their place, pyramidals were in abundance as were burnet moths and marbled white butterflies. It had been a long time since I photographed the latter but with so many present and so close to where I live it seemed the perfect opportunity to catch up with them.

    Photography was carried out at dawn and dusk when not only are they easier to get close to but conditions are more akin to how I wanted to portray them. Upon arrival, a low mist hugged the hills and spider’s webs festooned in dew linked grass stems and as I departed at dusk, the mist would slowly return with just the bark of a fox from a nearby copse breaking the silence.

    My "welcome" each morning.

    My “welcome” each morning.

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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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  3. Sunrise over poppy field

    I’ve been “eyeing” up this poppy field, near Faversham, Kent, over the last week, waiting for decent sunrise conditions. Well, with clouds arriving from the west as the sun rose, I finally got them!

    The wide images were taken using a Nikon D300 and 12-24mm lens and the close-up, a 200mm Micro, iso 200 at f16. For the top image, I chose not to use an ND graduated filter due to the increased risk of flare so, instead, blended two expoures. One where I exposed for the foreground and the other, for the sky.

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    Fine Art prints and canvasses are available of these images. Should you wish to purchase one, please contact me at rmcanis@msn.com for details.

     

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