A newly hatched peafowl chick this one looks to be about a week old and is a single chick of a two year old female. Normally peahens will lay anything up to 12 eggs 4 to 6 being the average. So this single chick is a bit unusual its siblings have likely been predated upon by possums or more likely cats.
Spotted Turtle Dove Streptopelia chinensis two very gentle birds dropped in for a drink and a bath! This very loving couple visit our back garden almost every day. A few days ago they brought with them their young son or daughter and together they cuddled on the edge of a wall for half an hour after their bath and drink of course…
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ5.6 1/600s ISO 320 Canon FD 100-300mm zoom
One of my first ‘serious’ SLR’s was a venerable Canon FTb purchased new in the 70s’ it was an era when to a certain extent Nikon ruled they were even extolled in pop songs! But having used a Nikormat while in college I always had a few reservations. For me the Nikons of that era did not quite fit with me, nothing in particular but things like the placement of shutter button and the shutter speed selection around the lens. The FTb on the other hand was like wearing a glove everything fitted, it is a solidly built, never wear out camera, all its functions are so precise, in exactly the right place and I still the first one of three I owned.
Many will likely disagree but it was very similar experience to using the the Leicaflex of the same era. Over the following years I collected quite a few FD lenses some of which are popular as Leica mount conversions today. However one of the outstanding FD tele zooms is the 100-300 which is what the above photo was captured with. It has a beautiful buttery off focus softness that doesn’t seem to be present in the same way in modern lenses and yet where sharpness matters it is tack sharp. I also used this lens on an Olympus Pen with a cheap converter but sad to say its performance was not very good, the converter must have been dimentionally out. Later as with the Fuji I now use a Novoflex lens converter and its perfect. Many of the Canon Fd lens of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s can still be had at minimal cost and are as good as some of the very best if you are comfortable with manual focus.
A pair ducks by night, safe from the feral cats roosting on a rock. I could see the ducks as a subtle silhouette agains the distant lights of the path that circum navigates the first basin in Launceston. To illuminate the ducks I gently waved a small LED torch across the rock to get the reflection in the water and the light spill over was enough to illuminate the ducks without scaring them. The exposure was 15 seconds at ƒ2.8 taken on a Zeiss 25mm Leica M lens mounted on the Xpro1
As we all are, Liffey falls is a bit short of rain fall!
Under normal circumstances I would use a graduated ND filter on this photo. However due to a house move I don’t have my set of Lee Filters so it came down to an adjustment in Photoshop which works but I feel that a graduated ND would do a better job. Hopefully the next time I visit this lovely place I will have them available to use and hope there is more water to fall…
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ4.5 1/40s ISO 640 spot metered 55-200
This duck was busy preening sat on a rock and making a splash every so often. I’m not being a smart ass when I say this but I had been sort of planning this shot for months. In fact I have photographed the rock several time with different water conditions. I knew that at some point some unsuspecting fowl would stand on this rock and give me a nice contra jour silhouette. Now if I just have the same shot with one of the black swans that enhabit this lake….