Harvest Mice

I had the opportunity today to photograph some delightful harvest mice. It was in a studio setting and the mice had been reared at home, handled frequently and were accustomed to the flash. They performed beautifully and I really enjoyed the few hours that we had. The time just flew by. I have selected a few, it was difficult there were so many great shots! Enjoy….

Warmwell

I have been very lapse at maintaining my blog and I apologise.

Thank you for continuing to read and follow.

I have just returned home from spending quality time with my Daughter and some of my grandchildren. We stayed for a couple of days a  holiday park called Warmwell set in a little village, called Crossways in the heart of Dorset. It is an area of natural beauty, where deer roam freely around the park and have built up a tolerance of people which allows you to get really close. There is an abundance of wild birds,  a real haven for nature lovers. Its a great getaway for families, offering fishing lakes, swimming, roller skating, skiing, plus the addition of the obligatory amusement arcades.

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Such a beautiful animal.

 

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The camouflage of colours is amazing!

 

 

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Ringo fun on the dry ski slopes

Special memories of happy times. We will definitely be returning.

 

 

 

Tom

I have just had a couple of weeks holiday , and although I didn’t go away it has been lovely just being at home with time to call my own. Although I secretly will be glad to go back to work, but don’t tell anyone!.

I spent a lot of time with my little puppy which has been fab, and managed to fit in a couple of photoshoots. A friend asked if I could take some pics of her son who has just turned 18 and is interested in becoming a model. I suggested we go to a local beauty spot called Upton Country Park. It is  over 130 acres of parkland, shoreline and formal estate gardens in Dorset with great views across the wetlands of Poole and has a magnificent house which provided the perfect backdrop for some portrait photography.

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I always feel nervous whenever someone asks me to do some photography, I have never claimed to be a professional, photography is my hobby, I am chuffed that people like my work. I generally look at Pinterest for ideas and lighting suggestions. The day in question was overcast, despite being  bright and sunny only hours before the shoot. Although on reflection I felt that overcast was better, the clouds acting like a giant diffuser. I used a speedlight on camera to fill in any shadows, Tom was a fab model, and very easy on the eye!

Bored Wet Sunday

So,  it’s Sunday afternoon and I find myself sat here feeling very bored! There are lots of things that I could/should be doing but nothing inspires me.  Cleaning the bathroom, tidying the garden, tidy the house etc etc. I though it was time I updated my blog as I cant remember when I last posted.

I popped out this morning to a local charity dog show as I have acquired a little ball of fluff whom I have named Lou Lou. She is a cross between a Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso, although to my mind the two breeds are very similar and she is now approximately 16weeks old. I entered her for 2 competitions, the prettiest Bitch and the puppy section, but unfortunately she did get placed in any of them.  Never mind, she had a fab time, socialising with all the other dogs.

I have included a few pics and it is interesting to see how different she looks since she had her first puppy cut last week. Her little face has changed colour completely.

Anna

I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Anna at one of our local beauty spots on one of the hottest days of the year. The beach was very crowded, lots of families , dogs and people enjoying the water creeping into shot.As usual it was a last minute decision and left little time for preparation and the option of talking myself out of it! I make no claims at all to be a photographer. I enjoy photography, very much, it is my hobby and am always quietly very pleased when friends, family and colleagues offer praise, which is sometimes followed with a request to photograph some special moments in their own lives. This invariably throws me into a turmoil, the pressure is on, what if I get it wrong? I usually do, and come away offering apologies triple fold. I have been told that I am my own worst critic, Yes I am, but I don’t think that is a bad thing, always evaluating how I could have improved things, what should I have done to have  the result that I am proud to put my name to?

The pictures above prove my point, a simple thing that would have improved things immensely would have been to make use of on camera fill in flash, or to have used an off camera  speedlight, but that would have meant asking for an assistant with additional cost. Why did I not think of this beforehand? I remembered to take a reflector, to bounce the evening light back as I anticipated shadows, although the reflector ideally would have been much bigger. I was hoping to use natural light, and even that at gone 7.00pm was still strong causing Anna to look away from the camera to avoid squinting.

I try to keep my prices low, this is for several reasons

  • I don’t like taking money from friends or family, so invariably  by the time you allow for travel, parking costs, the final media that photographs are presented on, not factoring for the cost of the time spent doing the photography and then developing it is at a financial loss to myself.
  • I truly don’t  feel that I am good enough! I find the whole procedure to be very stressful, I have such high expectations, that I can never quite accomplish.
  • What if the client isn’t happy with the results, I would feel terrible accepting financial reward for something that they weren’t pleased with.

Fortunately Anna and her mum were very pleased with the resulting pictures, myself….. I am very relieved. Would I do it again? A resounding YES! With an assistant, a larger reflector, use of fill flash, a less crowded beach etc etc.

Thanks for reading, please leave honest critic and suggestions.

 

Open topped bus into Swanage

The weather in the UK is particularly fantastic at the moment, given that, you have to grab life and make on the spur of the moment decisions. I made one today! With a friend we decided to get a one day travel ticket,  a huge outlay of £8.40, which gave us the luxury of a days travel on the local bus. Given that this barely covered the price of travelling across a short distance of water at Studland by ferry that was included in our journey we leapt at the chance! We got on the open topped bus in Bournemouth which guaranteed our arrival in Swanage, a few hours in Swanage we then jumped back on the bus for a scenic tour through Langton Matravers into the pretty village of Corfe.  This all included the world heritage site around the Purbecks,

The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula in Dorset, England. It is bordered by water on three sides: the English Channel to the south and east, where steep cliffs fall to the sea; and by the marshy lands of the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north. Its western boundary is less well defined, with some medieval sources placing it at Flower’s Barrow above Worbarrow Bay.[1] According to writer and broadcaster Ralph Wightman, Purbeck “is only an island if you accept the barren heaths between Arish Mell and Wareham as cutting off this corner of Dorset as effectively as the sea.”[2] The most southerly point is St Alban’s Head (archaically St. Aldhelm’s Head). Its coastline is suffering from erosion.

The whole of the Isle of Purbeck lies within the local government district of Purbeck, which is named after it. However the district extends significantly further north and west than the traditional boundary of the Isle of Purbeck along the River Frome.

In terms of natural landscape areas, the southern part of the Isle of Purbeck and the coastal strip as far as Ringstead Bay in the west, have been designated as National Character Area 136 – South Purbeck by Natural England. To the north are the Dorset Heaths and to the west, the Weymouth Lowlands.[3]

We arrived back in Poole tired, sunburnt and happy late in the afternoon. After a few hours of photography we captured beach huts, people, Corfe, village, sunny days, happy times…. my words are rubbish, I hope my pictures speak volumes, enjoy, thanks for stopping by.

Wood Anemone

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Anemone nemorosa

Plant
Anemone nemorosa is an early-spring flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe. Common names include wood anemone, windflower, thimbleweed, and smell fox, an allusion to the musky smell of the leaves. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 5–15 centimetres tall.Anemone nemorosa
Plant
Anemone nemorosa is an early-spring flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe. Common names include wood anemone, windflower, thimbleweed, and smell fox, an allusion to the musky smell of the leaves. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 5–15 centimetres tall.

Not a recent image, its from last year, I have been going through all the images on my hard drive, this one stood out for me because of the pretty bokeh. I remember it was a day when a friend took my to a place that had the most wonderful bluebells, the scent was incredible! While we were there it started to snow, only for a few minutes, then very quickly the sun came out and melted the snow, leaving these beautiful water droplets.  I selected a wide aperture and shot this pic of a pretty Wood Anemone.