New friend

Look who came out to play this evening? He’s just a wee baby wabbit, stuffing his face on my grass. Never had a rabbit in my back garden before.┬áHe’s already earning his keep. I’m going to need a name for this dude. Mind you, I have no idea how to tell the girls from the boys when it comes to rabbits. Might be a wee girl for all I know.

Baby rabbit eating grass beside a pile of old wood

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Arctic terns

Had a bunch of tern photos that were all beautifully in focus and nicely exposed, but just too small for my stock portfolio. Yay for Photoshop and layers and masks.

Arctic terns flying over beach grass in a blue sky

Saw Horse

Here’s my wee project for today, the Maciver Mk1 Saw Horse. A friend kindly gave me a pile of old wood, but before I could start cutting it up I had to build this thing and then find a place to park it. It sits very nicely in beside my shed under the trees. Time for a cup of coffee.

Saw horse for cutting wood in buhes and sunlight

Tea strainer

Was pouring tea from the pot into a mug a few minutes ago, but couldn’t focus on the tea leaves in the tea strainer. Weird. Tried a few times, but couldn’t focus. Looked away, looked out the kitchen window into the back garden, my eyes were fine. Looked back at the tea leaves in the tea strainer, couldn’t focus on them. Then I noticed the tea strainer was upside down and my eyes were trying to focus in the wrong place. Life is an optical illusion.

Tea strainer upside down on a mug

First Contact

Producing art works from my photos is my favourite part of the job. Stock photography is long long hours of RAW editing, post processing, key wording, filing, uploading, and tagging, so having some fun with one or two of the images makes for a pleasant change.

This was a grey seal pup I once spent time with. He had been sleeping and when he woke up I was the first human being he had ever seen. You can see that in his eyes, which is why I call this photo First Contact. He hangs very nicely on my wall and I really love this image.

Birds in Flight and the Fuji X-T3

One of life’s little joys for me is photographing birds in flight. When I ditched my DSLRosaurus for the Fuji X system, birds in flight were no longer worth the effort. I did try with the X-T2, but the keeper rate was dishearteningly dismal. Picked up the Fuji X-T3 last month, and yesterday I whacked on the 50-140mm, stuck it in zone continuous tracking modes and when I got home I was amazed. The zone tracking focus works and my keeper rate is now as good, if not better than my old DSLR.

These images are usable professionally, they are not tiny crops. They are all over 3500 pixels wide and are tack sharp viewed at 100%. Don’t believe me? Check this out, this is from the first photo at 100%. Have you seen how fast these guys fly? Mirrorless has finally come of age. I suppose I’d better put the 100-400mm on my shopping list. Good job Fuji, I always knew you would do it one day.

Northern fulmar flying showing wings and plumage