My First Post

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

 Graceful Flight

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

Marlow Bridge

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.

If you would like to comment on these images or any questions you would like me to answer please use the reply box below.


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