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.
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.
Brilliant….. its very small, smaller than a mobile phone though a little bit fatter but not much. And it takes photos underwater, down as far as I will ever venture with my snorkel and flippers. It also takes close ups and focus stacks half a dozen photos together… no more messing about with photoshop and it has loads of different ‘clever’ modes. Here are two shots first with out stacking and second with stacking. For full specifications click here
And two more.
Most of all it does not give you back ache.
And here are some other photos I have taken with it.
There is a new version out called the TG5 but it does not do the focus stacking and I think it is 12 mega pixels not 16 ???? and it costs more!!!!! Why ?
Christmas came early this morning, a lovely sunrise and another Otter.
I was up early and on site just as it was getting light… this was a shot taken with full ISO and thus very grainy… The most likely time to see an otter is just as it is getting light or just as it is getting dark, which is the worst time for the camera.
By the way no Otter in the photo above it is just there to show what sort of picture you get immediately after sunrise.
I was scanning the far sides of the lake with my binoculars when suddenly there was a loud splash in the weedy water not 10 meters away from me. My first thoughts was maybe a large fish had surfaced. Then the Otter popped up right in front of me and now about 50 meters out. I desperately tried to focus but with my insulated gloves on it was all a bit of a fumble.
It dived and then reappeared further out, now I had yanked my gloves off and was better able to focus. Again it only had a quick look round and then disappeared off to the left behind some reed beds. I waited a short while but no more views so I slowly walked back along the bank and then I saw it again, now right across the lake and it moved across and then out of view.
I remained by the lake for about an hour, the sunrise produced some nice colours on the trees and reed beds but with only a telephoto lens I was limited in what I could snap away at.
A young Swan came up close, maybe expecting me to feed it and when that did not happen it gave me a good loud hiss and then swam off. Also at the lake were a few Grey-lag Geese, two pairs of Mallards some Coots and that was about it.
Next challenge is to get a shot of an Otter out of the water.. maybe sat on a rock in the middle of the river Wye eating a salmon….. now that really would be Christmas come early.
There are some rocky areas a little walk along from where we are staying and at low tide they are exposed and a small selection of waders turn up. So today I sat on one of the rocks for a couple of hours and photographed what decided I was not too great a threat and thus approached a bit closer.
There were some Plovers, mostly Kentish but also some Little Ringed Plovers.