Taking a breather

A Swallow takes a well-earned rest from all the constant insect catching, a downside to the ‘Summer holidaying’ the bird does each year when it returns to the shores of the UK to breed!

*Shot on a Panasonic Lumix G5 16mp m4/3 digital camera using a Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario O.I.S. telephoto lens with camera settings at ISO-200, aperture at f/7.1, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/1600 seconds*

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Curly

This Foxglove is attempting to defy gravity’s inexorable pull…

*Shot on a Panasonic Lumix G5 16mp m4/3 digital camera using a Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 G Vario O.I.S. telephoto lens with camera settings at ISO-400, aperture at f/5.1, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/50 seconds*

Big eyes

Close-up macro shot of a Fly’s eyes while it rests on a leaf… that’s your lot, not much else to add!

*Shot on a Canon 600d 18mp dSLR using a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro lens with settings at ISO-400, aperture at f/4, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/1250 seconds*

Treasure hunting

A metal detectorist on Heysham beach gets ready to begin a new sweep of the shingle, just in the hope of striking it lucky and discovering a medieval golden trinket instead of another flattened Coke can…

*Shot on a Canon 30d 8.2mp dSLR using a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro lens with settings at ISO-125, aperture at f/5, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/2000 seconds*

Petals in the dark

Pastel pink petals strive to escape from within shadows, to feel the Sun’s flickering stroke just once before being consumed by the background’s pitch.

*Shot on a Canon 5d mk1 12mp dSLR using a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro lens with settings at ISO-100, aperture at f/3.2, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/3200 seconds*

Speedy

This Greylag Goose has fallen foul of my fumbling fingers around adjusting the camera’s lens f-stop and exposure time to the correct settings: as a result, this waterfowl appears to be blurring into a supersonic pace!

*Shot on an Olympus E-P5 16mp m4/3 digital camera using a Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH prime lens with camera settings at ISO-100, aperture at f/8, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/15 seconds*

Bridge 90

The lichen-spattered Bridge 90 – which spans the Lancaster canal between Aldcliffe and Stodday in Lancaster, UK – casts a reflection of its curved self onto the water’s mirrored sheen.

*Shot on a Canon 7d 18mp dSLR using a Canon EF 50mm f/1/4 prime lens with settings at ISO-100, aperture at f/8, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/1000 seconds*

Run away!

A juvenile male Pheasant appears startled as he bolts from cover, looking like some evolutionary, feathered dinosaur throwback from a lost age rather than a young, scruffy modern-day Game bird!

*Shot on a Canon 70d 20.2mp dSLR using a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 IS L lens with settings at ISO-100, aperture at f/6.3, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/500 seconds*