Posts Tagged ‘Countryside’

RL Hopkins.

Normally, books on wildlife photography are packed with sumptuous, ultra close shots of wild life, going about their natural business, unaware of a photographer only metres away.This book has that, but takes the story further by tipping in wild, wild shots of the natural environment, icebergs, cascading rivers, caves, deserts and more. Author Hopkins has covered the wild world for over 20 years, moving from large and medium format cameras to 35mm SLRs, 4×5 sheet film, 645 trannies and on to digital capture. He confides that “photography found me later in life, a consequence of my background in geology and affinity for nature and wild places.” He suggests that you can use this book as a workbook, accessing its contents without any particular order. The messages are clear: know your equipment; be as open as possible to what nature presents; be in the right place at the right time. Preparation is crucial; know the seasons and their characteristics; understand the seasonal patterns of wildlife behaviour. Frequently, the inside knowledge you can gain may not come from photographers but from locals who live in the territory. Gear up with precise knowledge of your equipment; make sure you understand all the camera’s features; comprehend the role of the histogram to fully utilize the image’s brightness range; pack a wide range of lenses; always use a tripod … and so on. The info is techy but highly readable, which makes the book a good read in its own right. Hopkins’ writing style is conversational, with the occasional anecdote to leaven the text. I figure the book would appeal both to beginner and experienced wild life enthusiast. Also, I enjoyed the many images that verged on the abstract … you don’t always need to shoot sharp, clean and clear. Fuzzy is sometimes the way to go!




Author: RL Hopkins.
Publisher: Lark Books.
Length: 240 pages.
ISBN: 978 1 60059 522 6

And a good price at on line book stores.

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Thank you to  Siôn Prys Davies

The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 competition is now open, and this year a new video category has been introduced to further raise awareness of environmental and social issues.

Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) since 2007, the Environmental Photographer of the

Deadline 31st July

See webpage

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Red kites are now a much more common sight



People are used to stories of conversational doom-and-gloom with fragile species threatened by creeping urbanisation, but recent reports suggest some birds of prey are booming in the UK. So why does the prospect of a soaring hawk or eagle leave some people worried?

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Win a Barbour jacket with Great in Britain
To contribute to this archive, we are calling all amateur photographers, photo enthusiasts or anyone out and about in their local rural community to send in their images. The competition is open to all and each month Barbour and Great in Britain will judge the images that best sum up that season and capture the essence of life in the countryside.

The most inspiring images will be selected and one lucky entrant will be awarded a Barbour jacket for their winning imagery. To submit photos, all photographers have to do is register and upload their digital images. We want pictures that capture real lives, heritage and things that make our countryside what it is today.

Images will be posted on this page for viewers to look at and new photos will be added regularly so be sure to check back monthly for the winning images.

Terms and Conditions
The competition is open to everyone except to employees and their families of J Barbour & Sons Ltd, Great in Britain or any other companies associated with the competition. The prize is a Barbour jacket. There is no cash alternative. In case first style / colour choice is not available, Barbour reserve the right to offer an alternative style / colour. The winner will be the most inspiring image judged by Barbour and Great in Britain and the winner will be notified by email by 10th of every month. The judges’ decision is final. The winning photograph will feature on the website and Facebook site

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If you can make this seminar then make it, £20.00 to listen to a great photographer is cheap.

Landscape photographer Charlie Waite will be giving an exclusive evening seminar at Calumet’s Drummond Street store on Tuesday, 22nd February. Starting at 5pm, the seminar will cover two main topics – ‘Influences’, and ‘Small on Landscape’, a fully illustrated talk on photography using a compact camera. Tickets for the Calumet seminar are £20 and are now on sale at the website below.

Website: Light & Land

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Great news just in from the Sussex Wildlife Trust. A species of beetle new to Britain has just been discovered. It’s a species of rove beetle – the second largest family of beetles – called Quedius lucidulus. Not the punchiest of names perhaps, but when there’s another 46,000-odd members of your family it’s difficult to get creative.

But it’s a real beauty nonetheless. (This photo is somewhat enlarged – in real life it’s only about 6.5mm long.)

Have a look

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Hello past and present MSC students.

Exposing the Wild are looking for some images that will be used for a charity. Specifically images of hedgehogs, we need a cute image to be used on a postcard. The idea is that people will send the postcard back to the charity with information of where they saw the hedgehog. They will then collate the information which will be part of the hedgehog survey that they are about to launch.

Additionally, the charity are looking for film footage of hedgehogs to use in the media as part of the survey. Being a charity there will be no payment but the image and footage will be accredited to the image maker through Exposing the Wild. It is an excellent opportunity to get your name out there if it is not already.

The image must be captioned with the Exposing the Wild captioning system. For more information on the system please see here (http://www.exposingthewild.com/captioning/system.html). If you have any questions please get in touch with Samuel Waldron or Peter Moonlight @ exposingthewild@googlemail.com.

Please send the images to the same email address as above, we will contact the person(s) who are successful. Ideally the image was needed yesterday so please hurry.

Thank you and with kind regards,

Samuel Waldron

Exposing The Wild Captioning System: The System
The Exposing The Wild Captioning System; Truth and Integrity in Wildlife Photography.

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