Monday, 19 October 2015

Dorset disaster

Jacque having serious health problems I decided to get away for a break. So Dorset was chosen as a good area to visit so that she could rest and I could get some photography done. Renting a cottage on a farm for a week seemed a good idea. On arrival we noticed how quiet it was and asking the farmers wife where all the birds were I got the answer of  'all the big birds eat them don't they'. Asking then 'do you have badgers on the farm' to which I got the answer 'No! them badgers gives us TB don't they.
At this point I decided to change the subject. I did notice that they were quite fond of the roe deer that were always present around the farm. I didn't dare mention that deer are also carriers of BTB.
As there was not much in the way of wildlife I experimented with my latest Sony on various photography techniques. By taking this shot at about 3000asa and 30th mono,  I managed to capture these roe deer in very low light. The sun had already disappeared behind the hills and was quite dark. I was quite pleased with the result.

Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.