Weekly Watch

26th August – 1st September 2019

This past week the hedgerow has been a hive of activity; the House sparrows have been making the most of the good weather and the abundant ripe blackberries.

It has been a glorious sight to observe them filling their beaks with the available fruits, making them a slightly red/purple hue.

This (to me) acts as one of the signifying signs to the end of summer. I now look forward to capturing a new Autumnal season, with its jewelled tones and crisp days.

With the changing of the season brings a new avenue for my photography, if you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may be aware that I am always looking to push my photography further. So for this I have very recently joined a camera club.

I am feeling quite positive about the coming months, meeting up with like minded people, being able to gain knowledge through practice and theory. Its all very exciting.

I mentioned last week that I was hoping to get more macro photography into my blog, I have not forgotten and the past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Stratford Butterfly Farm. https://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/attraction/

I plan to post another blog containing the images I caught that day.

I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.

Weekly Watch

19th – 25th August 2019

Most of the time when I go out with my camera, I know what I am shooting. House sparrows, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins etc… they are my comfort zone.

There have been quite a few times since I began blogging that I’ve had to research what I’ve seen. This week that has been in the form of a Damsel/Common Darter fly (still unsure).

Its always a thrill to capture something new and although there huge gaps in my knowledge of the natural world, I love learning.

My main ways for identifying is to go to reference books, asking on Instagram or google lens. This hasn’t worked out for me this week but I am down to 2 possible outcomes!

Macro photography is also one of my weakest styles, but one I’m keen to improve in. In the coming weeks I hope to add at least one macro shot to each weekly watch.

Expect a few mistakes in identifying, any correction is welcomed! I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.

Weekly Watch

12th – 18th August 2019

From the lack of photography last week; this week has been distinctly better. Hooray!!

One of the reasons for this; I have finally been able to make the jump to a full framed DSLR. I am aware that this may not mean much to some. In Layman’s term; it’s a much improved camera.

Disclaimer: that is not to say my photos will be distinctly better (I am very much an amateur) I’ve been getting used to using it and there has been a lot of experimenting with settings (I won’t bore you with the technicalities, as I’d probably get it wrong anyway!).

So there has been lots of practising, whenever I get the chance to. I continue to focus on the bird feeder for my subjects.

My hope for the near future; once I’m confident with the new kit is to scout out a few nature spots near me to one; vary the content for you the viewer and two; push myself out of my comfort zone, which in turn should help me improve! Fingers crossed!

There have been a couple of comedic shots, my personal favourite is the Juvenile Robin seemingly getting told off by the Great tit. I hope you enjoy this weeks weekly.

Weekly Watch

5th-11th August 2019

They say time is relative, this week I have completely understood this concept. It only seems like yesterday that I had posted my latest weekly and now I am typing my next one.

I really don’t know where my time has gone, I’ve constantly felt like I am trying to catch up with myself all week (am I making sense?). Work commitments, family life and a new camera may have contributed to this but it could also just be one of those weeks.

There is a grand total of two photographs for this weekly, one House sparrow and one juvenile Robin (I think; correct me if I am wrong).

Although they could be classed as just “common birds” I find them fascinating, I am very thankful to have so many reside in this area. They are such fun to watch; constantly jostling for the best position on the feeder.

It doesn’t matter how many times I photograph the same species I always manage to see something different, something new.

Talking about “something new” (yes that is a cheesy link!) alongside this blog; in pushing the boundaries of exhibiting my photography, I entered a local “fete” in the wildlife photography category.

Even though I didn’t place; it was a huge positive step for me. I am always unsure of my own shots, I’m hoping this pushes me to improve and maybe re-enter next year! I will include the two entered photos with this weekly.

I hope you enjoy them and fingers crossed for more wildlife next week.