I would like say hello and bid you welcome to my photography blog and to thank you for visiting! Photography is my main hobby, and this is my way of recording the beauty and wonders I discover around me on my journey. Most of the species found here were observed in the county of Staffordshire, England, where I live, whilst others are from around various locations in the UK. A few of these locations are coastal representing some of the fauna and flora which can be discovered there. However a majority of the photographs featured here were taken in my front and rear gardens. They are only small, but thankfully attract a lot of wildlife. I have recently created a small garden wildlife pond in the hope I can attract more diverse forms.
I find beauty, wonder, peace and liberation from the modern way of life with its fast pace and stresses by being close to nature. It has a way of soothing the spirit, and calming the soul. All aspects of nature always awaken my curiosity, and never fail to excite and inspire me.
All it takes are a few moments to simply stop, have a look around, listen and open up the senses to discover some of the interesting and fascinating wonders of nature. It is a hope that these pages will help in identifying some of these wonders and to further knowledge in these discoveries. It is also a hope to instill appreciation and conservation in the varied habitats and species which rely on them for future generations to enjoy and be inspired by.
My current equipment is the Nikon D7200. Nikon Speedlight SB-700. I use a Sigma 105mm macro lens for close-up work, which is my very favourite lens, as I love macro photography. I also use a Nikon 18-55mm lens for general photography, and a Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens for those far away photos. I don’t use a tripod as most things I photograph are taken in the moment, hence all the images on this blog are handheld. I do a little digital processing to try and bring out the best in the images I take before uploading them.
I have recently added a Raynox DCR-250 conversion lens which I attach to the front of my lens so I can get that little bit closer.
Please note that I am only an amateur in all that I do here, so if there are any mistakes made in identification I would appreciate it if you could let me know via a comment so I can review it.
Please feel free to visit my other blog: Back Garden Moths