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New blog post on a disappointing weekend and the effect of the recent flooding.
For while now one of the species that I've been meaning to do more about has been the Kingfisher. I've bought a book on them, unread, and made a list of spots where Kingfishers have been reported a...
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I'm probably going to order a monitor calibrator this week as I need to order a few prints. I've narrowed it down to the colormunki display and the spyder 4 pro. These are both about the same money and features.

Does anyone have any feedback on them at all? I know +Martin Bailey you're part of the xrite team so may have a few ideas?

Initially I will only calibrate my MacBook Pro but I plan on getting an external monitor soon so ideally I'd like to be able to have both profiled at the same time.

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I have the Spyder 4 pro, and I love it. But then I've been with Spyder since it first came out and I cannot compare it to the ColorMunki. 
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I have edited together a clip of footage I shot from the rut I posted images from last week.  Thought it might be nice for people who can't go to see why just being there is an experience.
 
Have made a short clip of the rut in Bushy Park from the other week. This is my first effort with video, so much to learn!  The sound is probably the biggest issue but I would need an external mic to do any better really.  

Pretty happy with the quality from the D7000 and I edited in the new iMovie.  Whilst this doesn't offer buckets of control there's enough there to string a few clips together and to adjust the exposure down a touch.
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Wow, you were right in the action +Christopher Pearson, really cool!
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A select of images taken in Bushy Park during my trip to the rut last week.
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I have been able to spend some time out at this years rut at Bushy Park, one of London's Royal Parks. I popped out Sunday afternoon as a bit of a spotter to see where the deer where hiding and remember the layout again.  Then I went back for dawn on Wednesday morning hoping to catch something good in the morning light.

The light was gorgeous but sadly getting the shots I had in mind wasn't happening due to where the stags placed them selves so I made do.

This one is a conscious attempt to have the stag in the foreground juxtaposed against the urban sky line in the back.  This lead to a fairly heavy compromise to stop the sky blowing out meaning the stag was darker than I'd like even after a small boost in post.  

Wednesday was a good lesson in the ETTR technique that +Martin Bailey  podcasted about a short while ago. Trying to expose as light as I could within my ISO limit (6400) but still keeping above the 1/100 I decided was a reasonable minimum. F-stop wise I stuck it at 2.8 and left it as I was hurting for exposure.  Looking back at the images I think I did okay, nothing much was under exposed and most was nicely ETTR but I see what Martin was saying about how you can probably clip a touch in camera and still not clip in Lightroom.  Maybe I should have upped the ISO to 5000 for this shot rather than the 3200 I was on!
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It's not just +Michael Rammell having children this year.  My wife gave us twins on Jan 17th this year so photo opportunities have been sparse to say the least.  However we managed to head over to Bushy Park last Wednesday for a family walk.  You may remember this from a few images I posted last year (which was actually the last trip I managed before this one...).

The park was oddly quiet but I bumped into a fellow wildlife photographer (Richard Peters if you know of him, if not check his work out).  After a brief chat I found a small her of fallow deer.  This male decided to take an interest in my newly swollen family so just after this shot I had to abandon the camera on the tripod and stare him down.  I just glad it wasn't the rut or I may not have won!
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A fallow deer stag taken in Bushy Park last week.

This deer had been eyeing up the family so I had to abandon the camera on the tripod pretty soon after this shot to make sure he didn't get any ideas!

Also on 500px if you would care to give me a vote: http://500px.com/photo/66507937
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Congrats +Christopher Pearson !!
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I wonder if any of you would be able to help me with the purchase of a new camera bag.  I need a bag to house my 300mm 2.8 as the current bag I use doesn't really have the correct layout.

Ideally I would like to fit at least the 300 with a tele convertor and camera mounted.  It would be nice if I could fit up to say a 600mm as this would allow the whole setup in there ready to go hood on, also it would mean I could rent one and not worry about transport.  I would prefer if there was room for a 2nd body and a lens or two (a std zoom and a 70-200 when I finally save up).  I also need to be able to carry my tripod and gimbal head.

I've had a look around and have a few ideas, the Gura Gear and F-stop offerings whilst apparently brilliant are just too spendy for me (the big Gura is 1/3rd of a 70-200 f4 VR!).  I've a budget of about £150 but could stretch a small bit if needed.

The options seem to be something like a LowePro Lens Trekker/Think Tank Glass Limo which would be a nice big lens bag but need add on pockets for all the other bits and bobs. Other wise I need a big back pack but these all seem to be rather expensive or poorly designed.

So any help would be appreciated!
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Thanks +Martin Bailey. I'm going to go and reorganise my bag. Only takes a few seconds to put a lens on in the field. Think I would have cried if that had happened to me!
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If you've been watching the news today you'll have seen the Tesco where my wife works under water, and the surrounding area is all rather damp.

My road did flood but didn't make it as far as the house, we've got sandbags down for now but will be keeping an eye on things tonight.

Anyway when I went to get the sand bags I saw this down my road, which made me laugh which was most needed today.
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I some how doubt a weather kit will be up to the job looking at the weather. Best pack oars. 
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Have made a short clip of the rut in Bushy Park from the other week. This is my first effort with video, so much to learn!  The sound is probably the biggest issue but I would need an external mic to do any better really.  

Pretty happy with the quality from the D7000 and I edited in the new iMovie.  Whilst this doesn't offer buckets of control there's enough there to string a few clips together and to adjust the exposure down a touch.
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