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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In the Bleak Midwinter

Well its thawing! Unfortunately it's very dull and very grey. I decided that there was no point taking a long lens out so put a wide angle on the dSLR and headed to the forest. The pics will be familiar but I hope that the snow and dull grey create an atmosphere.

The car park was like a skating ring! Very hard to stand up.














I stopped for a cuppa and brunch. These chaps were waiting. I think the caption sould read "OI Hurry up and get to the crusts!". Never fear they were well fed!



The ducks making use of what water there is! Actually we often hear of how hard it is for small birds but there was a Green Woody about and he was finding foo scarce.










Bird highlights? 6 Bullfinch in a tree, Goldcrest, Green Woody, Common Gull and a Marsh Tit.

10 comments:

Liz said...

Hi Pete,

Hope it melts nice and quickly for you. Looks like we dodged the snow yet again here (one of few places, it seems!) and haven't had any real snow since the first lot arrived.
Last of the frosts has melted now and we're back to green and brown.

Think I prefered the white if I'm honest!!!! ha ha. Never happy.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely winter scenes Pete, but I'm glad it's thawing now.
Be floods next.

Anonymous said...

Cracking photo's pete, very atmospheric.
All the best for the new year.


paul.

Ragged Robin said...

Lovely atmospheric photos, Pete. It was misty and murky here today too and a real thaw has set in.

oldcrow61 said...

Wonderful shots Pete. So strange to see pictures like this from over there.

Tricia said...

Yes - very atmospheric... particularly like the pic with the tree stump in the foreground :)

diddums said...

Which is your widest wide-angle lens, and do you like it? I would still love a really wide one some time.

Pete said...

hi diddums

the widest is a sigma 10-20, I do like it but don't use as much as I ought to. these were with a Nikon 16-85

these were with the 10-20
http://thequacksoflife.blogspot.com/2010/10/autumnal-sun-at-hatfield-forest.html

diddums said...

Thanks, I'll check it out. :-) The widest I have at the mo is the Canon kit lens (18-55)... but I keep reading that with my type of camera a lens will look more zoomed in than for others.

Pete said...

well diddums for most Canon dSLRs

an 18-55 is the equivalent of 29-88 on film. you multiply by 1.6 for most Nikons you would multilpy by 1.52.

The 10-20 is not for everyone the maximum zoom is not that far but it can be creative. bear in mind its not necessarily the width that is interesting to play with but the weird depth of field.

http://thequacksoflife.blogspot.com/2010/10/garden-for-all-seasons.html

canon do a 10-22