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Biological Photography Museum

I was having a wander through the museum at Biological Photography and Imaging yesterday and I came across some very strange items { well to me they were } and I am not talking about Dr David Fox the museum curator.

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Odd things in that museum, even the Kilner jar. Dr Tom Hartman said that it was unique in the fact that they stop making these jars back during the war when the factory was blow up. There is a lot to look at and photograph in this museum more then enough to hold anyone’s attention. If you have a interest in old bones, fish heads, small hedgehogs and strange looking mussels then drop a line to thomas.hartman@nottingham.ac.uk if you would like to know more on the course we run at Nottingham University, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging then contact david.mcmahon@nottingham.ac.uk

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It is not often that you get a peaceful moment on the corridors of photography.

These corridors are usually the hive of all activity, MSc students by the dozens, 130 undergraduates rushing to the PC room to put their images into the system for feedback, still it is early [ish] in the semester and panic has not set in yet, soon deadlines will be upon us and students will live here 24/7 then the peace will be gone


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A practice day of filming using Canon 7D and a Canon 550D

Photography Luke Saddler

The above image is of David McMahon Imaging Course Leader of the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging @The University of Nottingham, he is pictured holding a Golden eagle called Star, which belongs to Dr David Fox, Museum Curator, Natural History, School of Biology. On this day Luke Saddler and Steve Galloway were filming Star and two other Golden Eagles in flight @ Snake Pass using Canon 7D and Canon 550D. Alex Hyde was also at the location taking stills.

If you would like more details on how the filming went then contact either Luke or Steve @ The University of Nottingham, they would be more then happy to give you any advice  they can.

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Dr David Fox keeps some odd and curious items in his museum of Natural History, bones, jars and pickled specimens. There are stuffed foxes, badgers and birds, bird’s nests, bees and months, spiders small and large but nothing as large as the ostrich skeleton which lurks in a cupboard, shelf’s full of cures from a witches cauldron but it’s the wizard within David that finds all of these items for the students at The School of Biology to photograph.

David’s vast knowledge cannot be encompassed within a book; it’s the living version of Google. Ask him a question like Jeeves and out pops the answer not wrapped in a scientific envelope of misunderstanding but with words that help you explore more into a world of Natural History.

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Alex Hyde for the next four weeks, will be demonstrating and teaching Adobe photoshop elements to the undergraduate students, in these classes not only do they have a introduction to the Adobe family but they also have a introduction to the apple mac base room, some still have to work on the PC version, Sorry. If the undergrads move up to the MSc level the photoshop experience increases with the use of Adobe photoshop CS4 and Adobe Lightroom.

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Janne Parviainen uses a light painting technique in his personnal photography. The most common subjects are city environments and nature landscapes. All of the photography has been carried out within the camera – there is very little post production done to the image.

Painting with light

More images and information at Janne Parviainen’s web site.

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Softboxes to Go

Using diffuse flash outdoors

Unless I am working in a cave or at night, I don’t use flash outside as a prime light source.  Often  nothing beats natural light for taking flowers and other facets of the natural world; but there are times when shadows need to be in-filled. A big plus point gained by using a reflector is that you can see the effect before releasing the shutter, but on windy days, it can be a liability. I discovered the Honl Traveller 8 Softbox last year. It has an 8 inch (20 cm) diameter circular diffuser panel and having used it extensively in the UK, China and South Africa, I would never venture out without it. I use it to in-fill taller erect backlit flowers in a border where there are too many plants to use natural backlighting as the sole light source. Light from the Honl Softbox gives a much wider spread and softer light than the Sto-Fen Omni-bounce and hence casts softer shadows to inner parts of the flower; yet it also adds a certain crispness to floral parts compared to shooting in natural light, which perks up the definition of macro shots. It weighs a mere 3.7oz (105g) and folds flat in my camera photopack.

10 Species Back from the Brink

Animals that have escaped extinction

WWF have listed 10 animal species that were on the brink of extinction before habitat protection, hunting control and captive breeding programs helped to redress the balance. Photography plays an important part in public awareness of endangered species – both in their native countries and worldwide.

1 Amur tiger  2 Gray Whale  3 Southern White Rhinoceros  4 Black Rhinoceros  5 African Savannah Elephant  6 Mountain Gorilla  7 Saiga  8 Indian Rhinoceros  9 Golden Lion Tamarind  10 Przewalski’s Horse

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