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Colin Smale

After 60++ years behind a camera I have sold all my pro equipment and just have a small SLR, a kit lens with a 300mm zoom, that's it. Why?
I am tired of all the territory restrictions in the UK... you can't put a hide up here, you can't park your vehicle there, you can't walk there etc. I have been restricted and constricted to a point where I feel trapped in some kind of small cube.
I don't want the services of a 'guide' to show me where to point my camera, I like to find my own subjects not pay someone to find them for me, what is that all about? Use fieldcraft not your wallet. One local 'wildlife photographer' told me a guy in Norfolk nearly 100 miles away had put a hide up to an avocet's nest for him. He was so proud of that and that he could afford to pay the guy. However, if he had explored his own area he would have known that only ten miles away there was an avocet sitting eggs, in front of a public wildlife trust hide but then he would have had to have looked for himself. What a sad era we are living in at the moment, a sad, lazy boring era.
The only photography that intrigues me nowadays are those unique images created by fine art photographers who create wonderful images from a scene that may have looked so 'normal' to some. One of these fine art photographers once explained it this way to me, "today's landscape images are like holding up a flatbed scanner to the scene, then printing it." How right he is.


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  • Hawfinch (Coccothraustes Coccothraustes)

    Beautiful image, beautiful bird, great oof bg, couldn't have improved even in a studio.
    • 13 May 2020 3:17PM
  • Coal Tit (Parus ater)

    Nice comp and 'look back'.
    • 5 Feb 2020 4:29PM
  • Dorset lake - fake infra-red with Channel swapping

    Dorset lake. This is my fave one. Nice soft muted colours and an image I would hang on my wall.
    • 24 Oct 2019 4:35PM
  • Avocet chick

    This is entirely my argument about the 'wows' of low light sensors nowadays. Yes you can take shots after the sun has set, even in the rain but colour needs light (if you are after colour). Of course you can push some colour back in Photoshop/Lightroom but can you match good daylight?

    On the other hand I am a bit 'picky'... with rare exceptions my favourite light is bright overcast, a really nice soft light and great for whitish birds and possibly even better that glorious 'silver' light that comes after the rain has passed!

    Yep, this chickpik is too far away, the light is lousy but I liked the pose which incidentally is predictable after they preen and so, you have got what you have got, you might as well shoot and see if it's worth keeping, this one is...just, but only because of the pose.
    • 10 Jul 2015 10:04AM
  • Owls from Basaid 5

    Like that.
    • 14 Feb 2015 8:36AM
  • Golden Glow

    Like that, shows a lot of depth, like the minimum colour range too.
    • 14 Feb 2015 8:34AM
  • The much threatened and now rare HEN HARRIER.

    Many thanks folks, pleased you like it.
    • 13 Feb 2015 8:03PM

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