Much of my birding (and bird
photography) is done in my home county of
Oxfordshire. After birding in this county for many
years, I first acquired a digital camera in 2003
for digiscoping. In 2006, in search of higher
quality results, I upgraded to a DSLR
& 400mm lens, with some further upgrades
Farmoor Reservoir is probably the
best place locally for birds and bird photography,
where waders and other species can often be quite
confiding, especially on the causeway. Visits to
Port Meadow, if it has any water, can also been
quite productive, with the added benefit of more
natural surroundings - no concrete! Various other
sites in the county including Otmoor can be
reasonable at times, but getting close enough for
good pics is a continuing issue (especially with
I also venture further afield from
time to time, including both elsewhere in the UK
and overseas. Holidays can provide good
opportunities, and I often try to make the most of
various business trips if at all promising in
terms of locality and time of year.
In the summer months, when bird
activity wanes, dragonfly
and damselfly photography is also a strong
For a trip report on a memorable
trip to New Zealand click here.
Highlights included albatrosses, penguins, parrots
Gallery and Animation
|Click here for my
gallery of top twenty photographs or here
to see an animation of them!
Bird Photographs - Latest
|An extremely bird-filled trip to Brazil in April
2004 prompted me to write a trip report, with some
of my pics taken, including a reasonable one of an
exotic Pompadour Cotinga.
I've now added a few more! Links to a selection are
Butterflies - a
small but growing collection of photographs.
|Other Nature - see some photographs of Mammals,
and even a few Fungi!
An album with a slide show option for my
sunset photos from around the world
(1976-2013)! To see a simple page of the
same photos click here.
Comments on EOS 7D
updated August 12
technical details of the equipment I use,
my experiences with DSLR sensor cleaning.
some personal tips on processing digital
camera images, using various software
tools including PhotoShop
Elements and NEAT IMAGE
of raw image NOISE levels
Updated with extra info on how its done
quantitatively the noise levels on raw
images from these CANON DSLR's: EOS 350D,
40D, 50D and 7D cameras and discusses
arising implications for higher quality
of image RESOLUTION
an investigation into the detail
resolutions achieved with images from two
400mm lenses and the EOS 350D, and 50D
grandmother - obituaries and her
photographs of the famous in Cambridge
from the 1930's and later.
comments, questions or requests for
prices, contact me by e-mail:stephen_burchemail
quality prints or even e-mails of the
digital originals can be supplied, subject
to agreement on prices.
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