Another deadline, another edit

Some more new edits – this time to enter in the ZSL Animal Photography Prize. The pictures are slightly sharper in the original, as the latest version of WordPress seems to be resampling them on upload. For whatever reason, WordPress has never liked JPEGs exported from Lightroom.  

My-Phoneography

Happy New Year everyone.  Here’s looking ahead to 2015.  And to start you off, here are some photos from our recent trip to Scotland.  The sculptures are the Kelpies, near Falkirk / Grangemouth.  This is also the first time I’ve tried using my phone for “serious” photography, mostly on the basis that the best camera…

Tower Poppies

Picked up a new lens yesterday – the Nikon 16-35 f4 – and took it down to see the poppies installation at the Tower of London “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red“.  The crowds were enormous, but it was still very moving.  It’s hard to get a sense of the sheer scale of this installation,…

Mara

Gadget City!

Two new gadgets join the household: the incredible Nikon D810 and the wonderful iRobot Roomba 780 (wifey’s birthday present this year). Here’s an early shot with the D810.  Unbelievably sharp (and it stays sharp all the way in when you enlarge it).  The autofocus and sensor quality are just game-changing compared even to my D7000.…

Kenya Redux

Ok, so I’ve just spent a long time working over old photos.  A lot of them.  But it’s worth it.  Never processed a lot of photos from our first trip to Kenya properly, but with a bit of effort, some of them came out pretty well.  Now I just need to do the same again…

At the zoo again

Another great trip to Whipsnade – chimps, baby ringtail lemurs, and some quality time with a red panda that, for once, wanted to be seen.  Or at least it was hungry enough to come out of the tree, which is close enough for me.  My heart was in my mouth at one point when a…

Zoo-tastic

As promised – some zoo photos.  London Zoo and Whipsnade.  Two visits: Whipsnade was back in early March, which just goes to show that it’s well worth a trip to the zoo on a cool day if you want the animals to be more active.  Had a bit of fun with some of these in…

Bluebell woods

Out and about

Some photos from the local area.  Oilseed rape in a field just a few minutes’ walk away, and bluebells at the Ashridge estate.  We were a bit early for the bluebells, to be honest – another couple of weeks and it will be a carpet of colour.  But you can still get a feel for…

Wild dog hunt

Shopped again

Playing around with some old photos. This is why it’s worth upgrading Photoshop from time to time. Compare what I was able to do with CS3 in 2011 to what I can do with Photoshop CC today.   Yes there are still issues, like it’s a big crop (~50%). But the processing is a world…

More competition photos

This time for the ZSL Animal Photography Prize: You’ll pobably recognise most or all of them, though I’ve made a few minor adjustments to most. I’ve also started using 500px – find me at http://500px.com/simonphotos/