Mint Moth; Pyrausta aurata

In our conservatory… August 2019.


Canon Extenders

I had a Canon 1.4 Mk 2 extender some while ago and used it with my 100 to 400 telephoto but that was the original Mk 1 telephoto.  I did not seem to be that good so I sold it.  Then I got the Mk 2 telephoto which is a good lens. At the airport on a trip to Mozambique, I bought, on the spur of the moment, a Canon 2.0 extender and it was OK but reduced the light so much that I did not use it that much……. so I sold that one. Hey ho.

Now I have bought the Canon 1.4 Mk 3 extender and we will see how I get on with this one.

Here are a few of my first photos. Initially the same shot first with the telephoto at 400mm, second is with the 1.4 extender attached so in effect 560mm.



Next some close ups of feathers,


Then some flowers in the garden, the Pink phlox were taken at a a little distance, the honeysuckle was quite close.


Not many birds about but this little plane flew over.

And finally a few other random pics.


So I am OK with these for starters.

However I have now discovered that the autofocus willnot work with the 100 mm to 400 mm telephoto It only works with top quality/ expensive lenses.

India 1940’s

During the Second World War my Father was in India in the RAF. Of course back then India included Pakistan. He was there at the end of the war and had to stay on for some while afterwards, so I suspect it was 1944 to 1946. He took lots of photos and I have a large album of his photographs. Here I am going to present each page in order and then the photos from each page which I am enlarging and giving some minor treatment to ‘improve’ them

Here is the first page….


and here are the individual photos.

Newport Wetlands

I often visit the RSPB reserve at Newport Wetlands.

I like it partly because it is similar to many of the areas I used to frequent in Norfolk. Partly because I sort of like the juxtaposition of nature and industry. Although much of the industry is now ex industry.

I did not see a Bearded Tit, this photo is from the information board. I also did not see any Otters though a group of four were spotted playing there last week.

I did see a few wild flowers including this Coltsfoot.

Affinity Photo processing

I have invested in some new photo processing soft ware, called Affinity. I now have to get to grips with all it can do But after an initial play here is a before and after shot.  I entered this for the Midphot competition and it scored 9. I wonder if I had entered the Mark 2 version if it would have done any better.  The main adjustment has been to reduce noise.