A Mini Photo Shoot
The first weekend of the New Year saw three of the FPS members getting up at the crack of dawn, actualy an hour before dawn, to get to Rattray Head for sun up and a low tide. We were looking for the wrecks that are suposed to be there. No wrecks but the was a good sunrise
And the opportunity to take other photographs as well. With appologies to Ally Hederson I found some foot prints (they were Stuarts) ans some marron grass in the sand
On the way home I found some decay and deriliction at the old Crimond air base. Members of FPS are collecting these for the themed competition in March. I also found a Little Egret at the Loch of Strathbeg
Playing with Lenses
On one of my walks around the area I had a little play at taking a long exposure 0.25 secs and zooming the lens at the same time. With the same long exposure I also shifted the cameras in a vertical plane. The first of the images below is the only one of these that could be published. I think that with more practice and more thought about subject mater I could get something out of this. They were done hand held and using a tripod might be more effective.
A new Toy for Digiscoping
On the subject of birds I have just got a new telescope. I have also sent away for the bit of kit that lets you put a DLSR on the eye piece to make it into a camera and 'telephoto lens that gives a magnification of 24 - 48 times. Its called digiscoping. I am told that it most effective at the low magnification. But even this gives an effective focal length of 1200mm. And theoretically at maximum magnification the effective focal length would be 2400mm. The telescope is a lot brighter and sharper than the one I had to replace. Time will tell if images from the system will also be bright and sharp. By the way my intention is to use it for bird photographs. So in the meantime here are a few garden birds taken with my 80 - 300mm lens.
Sheep and a Deer
The other mamal story is much nicer. The sheep have arrived in the field across the road. It seems to be January migration. The firast ones come down the road. Later arrivals come in a lorry. The field has neeps for tem to eat.
The final story is about storms. Up until now this neck of the woods has had a quiet winter at least compared with the rest of the UK. However all that has changed. The last few days has brought strong winds, rain and high tides. It all makes for dramatic photographs. The Lighthouse museum has a competition about weather to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the highest wind speed on the UK coast click here for details about how to enter. A lot of people were out taking the chance to get dramatic images. Here are some of mine. Can anyone with extreme weather images post them on the FPS Facebook page please. All images posted will make up a slide show that will be on view at the same time and in the same place as the Lighthouse 'Brock Storm Competition exhibition Click here to go to the page
a few more images from the last few 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