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Cornish Narcissus Flowers

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The many varieties of Narcissus flowers that grow wild around south-west Cornwall are now in full bloom. There are some stunning Daffodil forest to be found with a little bit of exploration.

Yellow Daffodil 200mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s, ISO 200

Bushy Headed Yellow Daffodil200mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s, ISO 400

And always a treat to stumble upon some Narcissus poeticus. These particular flowers found in a little gully in the furthest reaches of South West Cornwall.

Narcissus Poeticus 200mm f/2.8 @¼000s, ISO 100

Narcissus Poeticus backlit200mm f/2.8 @ 1/500s, ISO 100

Spring is in the air and it is time to explore and enjoy the magnificent landscape, flaura and fauna of Cornwall.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 at 16:43:44.

Quick Way to Photograph the Moon

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When the moon is waxing gibbous the light emitted reaps havoc with the exposure metering such that capturing a quick photo can best be achieved in shutter speed priority mode.

Moon waxing towards Full 200mm f/2.8 @ 1/6400s, ISO 800

This photograph of the moon was captured hand held using the Canon 200mm f/2.8 lens. It doesn't give the detail that might be gained from a longer controlled exposure but there is more than enough detail to discern the lunar seas and the main craters.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009 at 15:25:20.

The Cornish Daffodils in Bloom

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Spring has well and truly arrived in Cornwall now with the Daffodils trumpeting the passage of the season.

cornish daffodil in bloom 200mm f/2.8 @ 1/400s, ISO 200

I especially like the angles in this photograph thanks to a brisk north westerly breeze blowing off the Celtic Sea. Plus the sharpness and clarity of every water droplet captured with the 200mm L-lens.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009 at 09:44:44.

Common Kestrel in Flight

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Walking from Perseverance Hill to British Camp on the Malvern Hills yesterday we were lucky enough to see a Common Kestrel hunting prey. This magnificent bird of prey was using ridge lift on the Welsh side of Jubilee Hill to soar above the scrub.

A perfect opportunity to test out the telephoto lens which was on the camera ready to go. The Kestrel was about 100 metres away from us and there was a brisk breeze blowing making stabilising the lens a challenge. Even so the Canon 200m f/2.8 L-lens showed off its abilities by locking in perfectly on the soaring bird and keeping focus in AI Servo AF mode.

Common Kestrel in flight f/3.2 @ 1/2500s, ISO 200

Common Kestrel hovering looking for prey f/3.2 @ 1/800s, ISO 200

Both pictures have been further cropped in Aperture but still show excellent clarity and detail on the Kestrel's plumage. Shutter was a little slow on the second image but I was shooting in AV mode (on a slightly dark backdrop) rather than manual at the time.

More than happy that this Canon lens is perfectly usable handheld - despite the 320mm cropped focal length on my Canon 40D.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009 at 10:36:31.

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