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I thought it'd be quiet on a Monday. How wrong was I?! I think every kid in the capital was there, snaking around all the galleries and making a bit (a lot) of a racket. Oh well, got to the the Wildlife tog-of-the-year photos anyway. I have to say, I do appreciate the time and effort and expertise that goes into the photographs, but this year I was sadly underwhelmed. There were a few absolute gems but I wasn't blown away like I have been in previous years. But I can't even get a decent snap of a sparrow in my garden so who am I to criticise. (Mind you, looking at the youngsters pics, they were good. I'd love to have seen how they lug their top-of-the-range Nikons around, huge zoom lenses and Gitzo tripods. They must be built like brick outhouses. Kids get too much pocket money these days).
I also wanted to get some snaps of the bird gallery before they ruin in by installing computer interaction malarky. It wasn't as easy as I thought and all my pics were total rubbish but I'll put these three up just for the record. I took the 60D and Sigma 10-20mm but it was very crowded, dark and full of reflections and light bulbs that it was nigh on impossible to get anything vaguely decent. Perhaps I'll try the G11 next time; that seems to be able to do better than the big stuff sometimes.
But I did get some rather lovely jewellery in the V&A afterwards.