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These images were taken at Slimbridge wet lands trust,

Big Goldfish taken with a Nikon 10.5mm lens

Both of these images were taken inside the tropical house at Slimbridge Wetlands Trust, the end of the lens was only centimeters from the fish I am not sure who was more interested in who, me in the fish or the fish in me.

I love the way that the fish are frantically swimming or each other

see other entry’s about this day

7D , Visits , Heather Angel ,

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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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This DSLR Camera Bag is a 100% waterproof bag for use with DSLR camera. The bag is durable and tough protects an DSLR camera against dust, knocks and is good in quick submersion. The OverBoard SLR Camera Bag costs £21.49.

Press Statement

23rd February, Surrey, UK: OverBoard, a leading designer and manufacturer of waterproof travel and sports gear, and an official kit supplier to the RNLI, today announces an update to its camera case range – the waterproof SLR Camera Bag. A practical choice for an enthusiast or professional, this tough and durable bag is 100 per cent waterproof and protects an SLR camera against dust, knocks or even a quick submersion. Priced at £21.49, it is available now from http://www.overboard.com.

Ideal for every photographic expedition, OverBoard’s SLR Camera Bag has a roll-top fastening system and fully welded seams that are tough and durable enough to withstand the elements. It also includes internal lining to further protect the camera, and a useful elasticated mesh accessories pocket, perfect for storing small items such as memory cards and batteries.

Tailored for comfort, it comes with a fully adjustable shoulder strap and reflective front patch for security when out and about taking photographs in the failing light.

Overboard’s SLR Camera Bag is suitable for most SLR camera models.

Pricing and availability
The SLR Camera Bag is priced at £21.49.

See Website for full details

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Emma Clark  has placed this information on facebook, it has now been re-posted here. Thank you Emma.

The EDGE of Existence programme highlights and conserves one-of–a-kind species that are on the verge of extinction.

Edge species are truly one of a kind. If they disappear there will be nothing similar left on the planet. Two-thirds are receiving little or no conservation attention. Help save these remarkable species.

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Information shared by Dr Kate Durrant

The Census of Marine Life was the biggest project in the history of marine biology. Forget going into space, the depths of our planet’s oceans are really the last unexplored wilderness. New species were regularly unearthed, like the bizarre deep water lobster Dinochelus ausubeli. This beast was first collected in 2007, but such was the amount of new creatures to be examined and catalogued, it was not formally described in the literature until last year. Being so different from any other previously described lobster earned it a new genus: Dinochelus, which means ‘terrible claw’. The species name was in honour of the man who helped found the Census of Marine Life, Jesse Ausubel. This abyssal creature has one enormously elongated set of pincers, presumably adapted for grabbing prey in the darkness. It is unusual that only one claw is modified, usually animals are symmetrical, but this is in keeping with single-claw modifications seen in other crustaceans such as fiddler crabs. We can probably rule out a signalling function for the claw, as fiddler crabs do, as it is so dark down there.

No description of a new species is complete without a detailed set of images to ‘bring it to life’. This odd looking lobster is now enshrined in the Encyclopaedia of Life, with some lovely pictures of that terrible claw: http://www.eol.org/pages/17924149

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Photography David W McMahon

Today the students have been recreating sea life environments with in the studio, photographing a variety of subjects, which include Shore crabs, Starfish, Beadlett anemone, Cockles, Whelks and Periwinkles to name a few. The MSc students are doing this project as part of the marine biology, which is run by Jill Groom.

Also part of the marine biology project the students within the MSc Biological photography and Imaging also get taught how to use Adobe illustrator to create illustrations of sea life. The students have to create a shore life guide as their final project with this module. The Marine biology module consists of visits to Birmingham fish market, Birmingham sea life both of these they visited last week, the studio and illustrator session and visits out to Filey Brigg and Bempton cliffs later this year.

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