Isn’t digital photography wonderful!!
I’m old enough to remember when some of the first digital images were published, back in the 1960’s. At that time such technology was the preserve of ‘big science’ and military intelligence since it was used to get images back from space probes and satellites. Definitely one of those instances of necessity being the mother of invention because they couldn’t get photographic film back (and to the chemists!) from these remote vehicles. Also behind the original digitising camera it needed a computer the size of a car to process the data and produce the image
With the irrepressible march of technological progress and innovation these images have become more detailed and sharper over the years and now available to us all. Having said all this though, its one of the features of wildlife (especially bird) photography that the target always seems to be far off and usually moving. Such was the situation today when the long-tailed duck on Ibsley water hove into view in middle of the lake. Winding my modest camera up to its full potential (72x zoom) and in less than bright conditions produced the slightly grainy, almost monochrome image, reminiscent of the quality of some of those early space-shot pictures.
Another benefit of computerised imaging is our ability to select and manipulate those parts of an image that are of interest… so….
A little nearer than this, a group of three Egyptian geese were keeping close together but moving around from place to place on Ibsley water, occasionally coming close enough to picture.
Another advantage of this digital lark is that the concept of ‘wasted (and expensive) film’ no longer applies, so there is a tendency to run off lots of shots and sometimes this leads to unexpected and interesting juxtapositions as with this picture…..
Also on Ibsley water the colour ringed great white egret was showing well..
Back on Ivy lake kingfisher have been giving a good account of themselves, with several delighted visitors reporting excellent views from both hides overlooking the lake.
Somewhat un-seasonally a great spotted woodpecker has been ‘drumming’ in the area around the Woodland Hide.
My last posting of the year, so may I take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year!