It was the Societies annual dinner and presentation night yesterday. Alister Henderson got the 'Photographer of the Year' award. It was well deserved if only for the advice he has given me about slow shutter speed photography
I was the winner of the new trophy for the most points in the print and themed competitions. The report is here
There was a bird ringing demonstration at the Loch of Strathbeg at the weekend. It was fascinating to see how it was done and to find out why it is done. We were told that on harm is caused to the birds in the ringing process nor does it affect their life after ringing. It was a great opportunity to get to see the birds close up.
One strange thing was that the ringers were used to people wanting to take photographs at demonstrations. They even had a way of holding the birds in what they called the photographic pose. This was so that you could see the plumage detail.
But as a photographer I want to see the face and try to get a catch light in the eye. I know that for competitions birds in the hand would not go down very well anyway but seeing the face does make for a better picture
Here are some more images of the process. Catching the birds in a net, taking them to the ringing station in a bag, being weighed, and getting the ring.
Jill is an artist and like doing her take on wild often taking inspiration from photographs.
Anyway we were watching a programme on telly the other night about wildlife in the Hebrides and she said there good pictures can you take a photograph, so I did.
OK I was just getting something for Jill to use down in her studio/drinking parlour but with a bit more thought and so on you could probably get a half decent image of something that you normally would have a hope of seeing let alone capturing. What I want to know is 'would it be cheating?'
Here are a few of my 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