Back to the wildlife!

For a year now I have been limited to mainly doing landscape photography with my DSLR and standard 18-55mm lens, I got in a fair few macro insect shots here and there, but really I have been craving a telephoto lens so I can start getting back into taking some shots of birds and mammals again! So this year Santa (*ahem*) left a present under the tree I was very pleased with, a Nikon 70-300VR (or Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED to use its full name)!

300mm gives me 450mm when taking into account the crop factor in the Nikon DX body, a tad more than the 436mm I used to have the fuji finepix S200exr bridge camera, but obviously the masses of extra photo quality given by the CMOS sensor means a lot more cropping can be done! So far I have been pretty impressed by the lens, 450mm isn’t optimum for little birds but its obviously great just to even have the hope of getting shots of small birds again! Hopefully during 2014 I’ll be able to get lots of shots with this lens and really get into some proper wildlife photography again! Here’s some I have managed so far….


A couple of house sparrows shot in my garden


nikon d3200 billy clapham bird house sparrow photography



house sparrow billy clapham bird photography Nikon


A little blue tit that hung around foraging in a birch tree long enough for me to get a few shots


blue tit billy clapham bird photography



blue tit billy clapham bird photography



Who said British birds aren’t colourful? A quick shot of a little goldfinch

goldfinch billy clapham photography



I had a bit of practice at some in flight photography with some black headed gulls flying round a local field just before the sun went down.

black headed gull billy clapham photography bird



black headed gull dusk evening flight billy clapham bird photography



Last of all, wildlife isn’t the only thing I used to like shooting using long focal lengths, it also gives great opportunities for experimentation with depth of field!

depth off field abstract village morning billy clapham photography

Happy New year! Here’s hoping this website can start to gain some more traction in 2014!

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