Lets catch up with what I have been doing in the latest club competitions
In the second of the monthly competitions one of my images came third 'Bow Fiddle Rock'. To see the other winers go to the 'Monthly Winners' page. The other two images I submitted did all right as well
In the third of the monthly competitions none were placed in the top three but then again none were totaly rubbished by the judge either. Here are the images I submitted
There was also a themed competition 'Night Time' in which again I did not get placed but did not disgrace myself. Here are the images To see the ones that won go to the 'other competitions' page
Now I have a difficulty in choosing which images to put into competitions. Here are some other Night Time ones I could have chosen
One of the things I have been experimenting with recently is Textures. Getting close up to subjects and making an abstract image that highlights the texture. The subjects I have looked at have been rocks and trees but I have Ideas to do the same with other subjects. To get it all in focus the surface has to be flat and you have to be able to get the focal plane of the camera parallel with the subject. You also have to have enough light. The shots using flash did not look that great.
I have managed to get some bird pictures over the last few weeks. Getting the subject to fill the frame is one issue that has to be tackled with bird photography. The trick is to either choose a big birds that will fill the frame or get ridiculously close to them. I have tried to stalk birds to get close but nearly always I get found out. So use my car as a hide which has its limitations. Getting a portable hide is on my list of things to get. Another way is to find semi tame bird in a zoo or public park. I took pictures of Puffins at the Treshnish Isles on the West Coast of Scotland this summer. They are so use to visitors that you can get really close to them. The gulls in Fraserburgh Harbour are also tame or is it fearless? A third option is to concentrate on garden birds. Putting up feeders attracts them in and hiding in the house or garden shed can be rewarded with some good shots. A fair bit of gardening is required to ensure that the shots look natural. Going to a nature reserve isn't as good as you might expect. Although there are hides these tend to be a long way from the birds. Often the best opportunity to get close to birds at a reserve is at the feeders they put up near the visitors centre. This has the drawback of often having to include the feeder itself in the shot.
And of course you will need a ridiculously long lens no matter how close you get. If you look through the FPS competition winners you will find some great bird images. There have also been some good ones that have just missed out on a place.
Here are a few of my recent bird pictures
Finally a few more recent images
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