52 week Black and White

Week 7

With low cloud coverage over Drumkeeragh forest it brings a light that seems to change has the cloud drifted through the trees. This shot is from the highest point and also the hardest hit by strong winds. The number off dead and fallen trees also makes for some great pictures. At least they do to me. So here’s one image for this weeks post.

Low clouds in the forest.

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52 week : Black and White

Ths weeks image is off the Hooded Crow. It was taken at the County Down coast here in Northern Ireland. It is a black and grey coloured bird so not a hard b&w conversion.

Hooded crow.

A little info on the editing.

This wwas taken on a Nikon D7200 and a Sigma 150-600mm lens. Using the camera WiFi and the Nikon app on my mobile phone, I downloaded the image has a Raw file. Using Snapseed Raw I processed the image. Uploaded it to WordPress, and now you view it. The whole process took around 10 minutes.

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Early morning walk.

Willow Warbler

Since I’m still at home and not back to work, my mornings start with a 6 mile walk around the woods and hills near home. The following are some photographs from these walks. Most are taken on a Nikon D7200 with a Sigma 150-600 mm lens.Some off the wildlife I’ve seen but not photographed include Foxes, Badgers, Stoats. Birds still to get Red Kite, Jay’s, owls, and the Cuckoo which will be migrating back to Central Africa in a few weeks time.

Red Deer

The wood contains a small herd of Red Deer which if your lucky you might come across them. I have been lucky a few times to see them, below are a few images. No stags to be seen, all Doe’s.

I was lucky to get within 120 metre’s of this group. Putting a small rock outcrop between me and them had me laying on wet ground looking slightly down on them. Even with a few looking my direction at times, they were settled and grazing on the young tree growth. Got a few images and backed off the way I came in and left them to there breakfast.

The rest of the walk that morning didn’t turn up much until near the finish where I saw the first butterfly this year.

Speckled wood butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly

The second image shows the colouring and texture for the butterfly in close up. I still use a telephoto lens for photographing butterflies, less chance of spooking them and the results can be good.

Hopefully I’ii have a few more images to share soon and until then you all stay safe.

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Black and White Wednesday

Been a while since I posted a Black and white photo on B&W Wednesday. So time to get started again.


A Hover fly shot in the evening light with a Nikon D7200 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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High tide seals.

It was high tide on the County Down coast and I knew then would be little happening concerning wildlife. But also knowing high tide brings the seals to Cloghy rocks. It was a high tide has it covered the rock but the seals were there.


Heads and tails has they lay on the rocks below.



Next a couple of gull shots.


Blackheaded gull still in winter plumage.


Herring gulls.


The old windmill overlooking Portaferry.

And the final image a monochrome shot of a Mute swan taken on the Qouile River, Downpatrick.


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Black and White Wednesday

Hello and welcome to another B&W Wednesday. For today’s photograph I step in front of the camera. You now see why I stay behind it.

Today sixty years ago I arrived into this world, I want to thank all those I have known in those years. Also those who are only here in spirit. To those I have never met except by written word. You have all been great teacher’s in my life. So today I celebrate my life for you all. Thank you for helping me to become the person here today.

IMG_20181201_184317_270-01I would like to leave you with a couple of verses from John O’Donohue’s book ‘To Bless the Space Between Us.’

For your Birthday.


Blessed be the mind that dreamed the day

The blueprint of your life

Would begin to glow on earth,

Illuminating all the faces and voices

That would arrive to invite

Your soul to growth.


Praised be you father and mother

Who loved you before you were,

And trusted to call you here

With no idea who you would be.


I have had a great sixty years, but with much to see and learn. I’m now looking forward to the next sixty🤔😂

Thank you all,


Black & white Wednesday

This week its a B&W butterfly the Pieris rapae, small white or Small Cabbage White.

This was shot using a Nikon D7200 and Sigma 105 macro lens. Converted to B&W in Lightroom.

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Have a great day,