Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve
It has been some time since I have been to the Loch of Strathbeg RSPB reserve. but I managed to get there on Saturday. I arrived at the Fen Hide car park only to meet Brian Sandison a fellow FPS member. Brian was up way before me. He had put in a couple of ours of bird watching and photography and was just leaving to go to other parts of the reserve. He showed me some of the images he had captured and hopefully he will put some on his gallery page.
When I got to the Fen Hide (after wading through the muddy path) there was very little bird life but stunning views of the reserve on one of those rare days in the NE Scotland - one with no wind.
I have set up a table with a rock and a log on top near the patio doors so that I can get some close ups of the garden birds. It seems to be quite effective but unfortunately only attracts a small proportion of the species that visit the garden. I either need to set up something with a hide a bit further away from the house and give up the luxury of being able to sit in the warm while taking the photographs or experiment with a wider variety of food on the table. At the moment I am only putting mixed seed there and a few old cranberries.
The foliage is the Christmas tree didn't find its way to the recycling but instead found a second use.
One little bit of 'other stuff' that I tried was top compose a 'funny' image of nutcrackers. Everyone tells that it isn't really funny and the image somehow don't work. What do you think?
FPS Monthly Competition No 4
Here are the images I put in for this competition
scored 17. The judge quite liked it saying that it was well shot. the subject nicely positioned it was sharp with good depth of field.
scored 15. The judge didn't like this one. Although he liked the colours it was over exposed, there is a shadow that shouldn't be there and it would have been more dynamic if it had been shot at an angle with the mast leading into on of the corners of the shot. I will go back to the Dobhran one day and see if I can make these changes just to see what its like. This was one of my first attempts at HDR having found a program in my Canon software. The very first one didn't work at all but this one did and I was quite proud of it. The lesson to learn is just because you have mastered a new skill doesn't mean that you should forget old ones.
Two Boats Tied to One Bollard
scored 16. The suggestions that the judge made for improving this one were to frame it in portrait so that is wasn't so tightly cropped at the top and so that more bollard could be included in the shot. He felt that this would have given more emphasis to the ropes leading up to the boats. He also said that the metal rail and the tube should be excluded.
Her is a selection of other images I have taken recently
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