Single frame… European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

European robin (Erithacus rubecula)European robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 100-400mm f4.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 400mm, 1/250s, f8, ISO 500

This week has seen a reshuffle of camera equipment enabling the acquisition of a Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR lens. Like a lot of people I’ve taken more of an interest in wildlife this past year and this lens, longer than any other in my collection by quite a margin, gets me so much closer to my subjects.

More practice is definitely required, even with optical image stabilisation (OIS) avoiding camera shake is difficult with a lens this long.

Monochrome Monday… Leaves

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Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro, 1/125s, f5.6 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I really need to get out for a wander in the woods again…

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)

Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 55-200mm f3.5~4.8 R LM OIS at 200mm + Fujifilm MCEX-11 Extension Tube, 1/250s, f8, ISO 800

A rescheduled ‘Photography Friday’ outing this week saw Rachel and I exploring a local nature reserve on Wednesday…

Apart from a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) the only visible wildlife was butterflies and I spent quite a bit of time photographing them.

This Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) was captured with the aid of an 11mm extension tube placed between camera and lens, allowing the XF 55-200mm lens to focus much closer than its normal 1.1m whilst maintaining both auto-exposure and autofocus functions, it’s an accessory I find myself using more and more.

Throwback Thursday… Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Nikon Coolpix 885, Zoom-Nikkor 8-24mm f/2.8-4.9 at 24mm, 1/250s, f4.9, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

17 years ago it was this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae). The pic isn’t wonderful quality but I think this was the first time I’d composed an image on a LCD screen at arm’s length to avoid disturbing a skittish subject…

A 3.2-megapixel sensor is laughable these days but in 2003 the Nikon Coolpix 885 (replaced in October 2002 by the 4-megapixel Coolpix 4300) was still regarded as a very capable camera!

Monochrome Monday… Lone tree, North Yorkshire

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Nikon F-801s, Tokina 20-35mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

This lone tree featured on the blog in April 2018 in an image dating from 1999. Today’s images were taken during my first visit to Malham two years prior to that in September 1997.

The few notes I took at the time don’t mention it but I vaguely remember using a red filter on the (borrowed) Tokina 20-35mm lens. I also remember repeatedly dislodging the lens hood so quite a few of the images shot with this lens suffer from uneven vignetting…

Lone tree, North Yorkshire-19970917bLone tree, North Yorkshire
Nikon F-801s, Tokina 20-35mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.