Well just one actually. Every so often you just have to move everything from under the bed and give it a good old clean. I did that a few days ago and came across a mummified bat. After a bit of detective work it has been identified as a pipistrelle. How it got there is any ones guess. Mine is that it was roosting in the loft, went for a walk about and couldn't get back. Before Christmas we had insulation fitted so it may have been disturbed by that.
Definitely the plural. We get up to fifty starlings descending on the bird table every morning. They polish off most of the food within minutes.
But for some time I have been trying to find out where they roost at night so I can see and hopefully photograph a murmuration. Well recently I found one not far away and got my pictures
Then a couple of days later on my morning walk I came across another morning murmuration occupying a pylon
The other place where I have seen large numbers of starlings is Cairnbulg Harbour
The themed competition held recently was about 'Weather' and there has been a lot of it about. I got First, Third and a joint fourth place for my three entries.You can see the first and second here . I took quite a few images of the weathher before deciding on which three to put in. Here is the third one
and here are a few of the ones I did not use
Here are a few miscellaneous images I have taken in the last couple of weeks
The Results of the 5th monthly competition were announced on Thursday. To see the report and see the winning images click here. The reason for including it in the blog is for you to see the images I submitted.
The kittiwake scored 16 out of 20. The judge said that the composition was 'not too bad' 'nice detail in the feathers' 'I might have waited to see if the bird would have turned a bit towards the camera'
George Richie scored 11. disparagingly described as 'a record shot of a this guy leading the walk' 'hands are too dominant' 'I would like to have seen a full frontal on the face'
Zach scored 9 out of 20. 'This is ore an art type than photography' ' to be quite honest I find it quite distracting' 'This is not for me and certainly not for competition'
So there you have it.. Take photographs full frontal and when you do don't over manipulate. I wonder what he would have thought of Andy Warhols work?
Just a quick reminder that my exhibition of 'Maelstrom' pictures is now up in Cafe Connect
Loch Muick and ND Fliters
In my last blog I described the difficulites I was having with my Neutral density filter. These are the things that produce the milky water effect like that on Paul Woodburns 'Aberdeen Beach' currently on the home page of this site. Well I took the filter, and all my other gear to Loch Muick and I think I may have got the hang of it. Here are some water photos
And to round off the blog a selection of other images from the past two weeks
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society