My first post on marlowimagefactory introduces four new images rhat I have recently made. At this time of year, with sap rising, there is a huge amount of activity on the River Thames, both wildlife and human activity as river birds build their nests and boating folk recall their craft from their winter moorings.
it iis inevitable that many of my images are about the river and life there,
All Saints Church – Bisham
Date: 30:03:2012 Time: 14:44:32 Camera: Canon EOS 300D Lens: Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM
Aperture: f/10.0 Shutter Speed: 1/160 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 26.0 mm
The Church on the River is located about a mile upstream from Marlow and is approached along the Thames Path on the Buckinghamshire side of the River Thames, providing a wonderful uninterrupted view of the church.
The Church, with its 12th century Norman tower, is accessed from Marlow Road on the Berkshire side of the river, which connects Bisham Village with Marlow. The Church if open is well worth a visit and the churchyard with its fine river frontage is assessable to the public and offers a different aspect of the river and a great place to sit and watch sunsets.
Greylag Goose in Flight
The largest and bulkiest of wild native geese in the UK and Europe, the greylag goose is a related to most of our domestic geese.
Date: 27:03:2012 Time: 10.37 am Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/5.0 Shutter Speed: 1/400 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 90.0 mm
Mastering the art of capturing birds in flight is by no means easy. I was lucky to have been recently given the following camera settings for filming birds using a Canon DSLR camera, which has certainly improved my success rate: –• Lens of 300mm or longer • Body set to Tv • AI Servo • H speed drive • Centre Spot Focus • Shutter speed of 1/1000 for big birds with large wings , 1/1,600 medium birds and 1/2,000 smaller birds • ISO should be set to at least 200 and may be increased to achieve the recommended shutter speeds
A pair of mute swans heading for home at the end of the day. Probably the largest birds on the river, swans can achieve speeds in flight of up to 80 mph. The good thing for photographers is that you often hear the swans beating wings long before they come into view, a warning you don’t get with smaller birds such as ducks.
Date: 07:02:2012 Time: 15:47:03 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF-S 18 mm – 200 mm – F/3.5-5.6
Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/250 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 200.0 mm
I have photographed this iconic scene many times, each one being slightly different due to the quality of the light and the changes in the sky. This one was taken late morning with some of the morning mist still in the air.
Date: 30:03:2012 Time: 11:05:37 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/1600 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 200.0 mm
The camera settings are a little unusual as they were set for birds in flight, however the result is quite effective.
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