Zim Girl

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  1. Such a shame this has come to an end. I have really enjoyed reading along, the stories so amusing and well told and the pictures as always are all stunning.
  2. @TonyQ I also really enjoyed this report - lots of incentive to get up there.
  3. @pault Wow, what a story, can only imagine how awful you must have felt during those seconds when the plane hit the bird and waiting to see what happened. Lovely lion pics and cheetah chase sequence
  4. @Dave Williams Funny!! Well I feel much better now about our pictures, we were so pleased to actually see a live one and to get any shot at all, and then I saw yours and was a touch deflated
  5. We see a lot of evidence of Molecatchers at work around the farms and estates in Lancashire. We often see rows of dead moles hung up on the edge of fields. I googled and found this quote 'Sheep that eat dirt from molehills can die from listeriosis, while winter feed for dairy cattle can become foul-tasting or toxic if contaminated by soil bacteria.' There is apparently a Guild of British Molecatchers whose members can become a Master Molecatcher, believe it or not! @Dave Williams I am intrigued, what is different about your mole picture?
  6. @Dave Williams Great picture!!
  7. Yes, another vote for the wildebeest against that stunning orange sunset, and really lovely pictures of Fig with the cub.
  8. On Saturday we were walking in the same area as my earlier post and we spotted something walk across the lane far in front of us. When we got closer we found a mole (well and truly alive this time). He was digging furiously trying to get under the stone wall. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me but Adrian took these shots on his phone. And zoomed in. We herded him along gently to the end of the wall where he whizzed down a hole in the earth on the other side.
  9. @xelas Great report - wonderful pictures as usual from Zvezda and fun to read narrative from you. Looking forward to reading about Scotland.
  10. @inyathi Great info on UK deer species. We often see Roe deer close to home (sometimes in the fields opposite us) and while out walking. We also see Red deer in certain parts of the Lake District but usually at long distance so no great photos. However, I will attach a few that I have managed. The first is a Roe (I think) that we came across in the woods near Thirlmere. These are of a 'black' fallow herd in the Levens deer park. The park covers a large area so it is hard to get close and they unfortunately always seem to be on the outer fence line whenever I am there with a camera!!
  11. @Jochen, @janzin, @xelas, @Dave Williams, @Peter Connan Thank you very much for all your comments. I will re read all of them and try to make sense of what you are saying. To be fair, the 2nd image is blurry, I was struggling to focus in the time I had before the owl flew away. I posted both pictures more because they were so recent and I wanted to make sure I was understanding what Jochen was saying in his instructions so just using them as an example because the camera was only giving a low shutter speed /ISO in this situation. I think generally the camera performs really well but I am interested in learning what else I can try when shooting in difficult situations like the owl in the shade amongst the leaves etc, if the camera isn't giving me what I want. Therefore I was pleased with Jochen's original explanation. More practice needed
  12. @Alexander33 I think this is pretty much also hitting the nail on the head. My worry was if I got an entry level dslr but didn't do anything different then it was unlikely the pictures I took would be any different. So the extra expense/weight etc wouldn't be worth the difference in quality in picture (if any) @Jochen The Panasonic FZ200 that both I and @Kitsafari own has the ISO button on the back of the camera (not in menu) so can be easily changed, which is why I thought Jochen's method sounded easy to do.
  13. @Kitsafari Hi, I also have the FZ200 and if it is any consolation I have this same dilemma every time I think about buying a new camera. So far each time I have come down in favour of the bridge, pretty much for all the reasons mentioned plus we are regular walkers both at home and on safari and I just don't think I would enjoy carrying the extra weight and have to 1. purchase and 2. carry extra lenses. I have tried to learn the basics and always use the camera on either P or A (aperture priority) mode or use one of the 'scene' modes, usually 'landscape'. The article by @Jochen really makes a lot of sense and for me has given me a bit of a 'lightbulb' moment re understanding ISO and shutter speeds. It really would be worth just trying out some of these settings before deciding which way to go. I have been pretty pleased with the Panasonic since I have had it and I just think I would be quite miffed if I spent a lot more money on buying a dslr and lenses just to find out the quality of pictures isn't exponentially better as well. So I am trying to get as much out of the bridge as possible by learning as much as I can. Also I think good composition is nearly as good as quality of image and you don't need a dslr for that.
  14. @Jochen Yes, full zoom and set at F2.8 on Aperture priority, so the camera was left to choose shutter speed and it was on auto ISO. The camera does have image stabilisation and I always leave it on but it is only a bridge camera so not sure just how good that really is. Thank you for your comments. As I say, it is the first time the connection between shutter speed and ISO has clicked (no pun intended) and also I have never even considered actually using less zoom in order to obtain a better balance and therefore better picture.
  15. @Jochen Thanks very much for this. It's the first time I have read something about shutter speed/ISO that doesn't make me want to switch off immediately. I own a Panasonic FZ200 bridge camera and for wildlife keep it set on Aperture priority at F2.8 with continuous focusing on burst mode. We were out walking yesterday and saw an owl fly into a small wood, we followed and found it perched in a tree. I took the following 2 pictures at full zoom for the camera which is 35mm equivalent of 600mm, at F2.8. I have just looked at the picture properties and it says the shutter speed is 1/125 for the first picture and 1/100 for the second and both at ISO 400. If I am reading your instructions right, then the shutter speed needed to be at least 1/600 to get a better picture. So the ISO (which was on auto) needed to be increased. In the case of the first picture that was at 1/125, if I increased the ISO to 1600 that would give me 1/500 shutter speed and that still isn't enough? So was the answer to actually decrease zoom rather than increase ISO to 3200 (the highest the camera will go) which would have given me too much shutter speed at 1/1000? The only problem with the bridge camera is that it doesn't tell you how far the zoom is at in mm unless you are fully zoomed out in which case you know it is 600mm. Open to all advice from anyone. Thanks.

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