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NeilSchofield

Welcome to my portfolio of images, I am fortunate to be retired and am able to spend a lot of my time enjoying and photographing nature and in particular behaviours, as well as travelling extensively in the U.K
I hope you enjoy viewing my gallery on EPZ and please note that most images posted have many versions included with the original image, these are either of a sequence nature, or have variations in composition




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  • Kingfisher in the flow by aldasack1957

    Great timing, I see what you mean about the rolling shutter, itís not good, hopefully canon can improve this as the R series is padded out
    • 18 Sep 2021 8:25AM
  • A cute clump of feathers by robert61

    Happy to make it 30, nice image
    • 25 Aug 2021 8:37AM
  • Bad Hair Day by mac

    Matt Buckley might like that
    • 1 Aug 2021 8:32AM
  • Full Moon by ubaruch

    Like it but have you thought about stamping or cloning out all the foreground clutter with black from below the castle, it would make it stand out a lot more and might give you more cropping options

    whilst I think the white balance would then look better, thereís nothing to stop you either cooling it or warming it as you shot in raw, it might be interesting to try

    • 3 Jul 2021 9:00AM
  • Moody Blackpool! by Jas2

    Happy to make it 30 being a seasider and all that
    • 14 Jun 2021 8:14AM
  • Barn Owl With Kill by NeilSchofield

    Not staged, out in the wild and cold at Holland Haven, it seems to hunt in the late afternoon and early morning at the moment within an hour or so of sunrise/set, last year when feeding young it hunted for four hours either side of sunrise/set
    • 20 Apr 2021 7:55AM
  • Herring Gull in Flight by NeilSchofield

    Cheers Steve, corrected, motto is shoot first and identify correctly or incorrectly later
    • 14 Apr 2021 10:49AM
  • Posted on: Start Saving As A Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Lens Is Going Up For Auction

    Heck if a price for 1 stop extra, notwithstanding the scaffold purchase
    • 8 Jun 2021 7:27PM
  • Posted on: 10 Quick Tips On Photographing Garden Birds

    For in flight shots try using a prefocus technique and remote shutter cable to capture action as subjects approach feeders or squabble near them
    • 13 Jan 2020 8:47AM
  • Posted on: 8 Essential Music Festival Photography Tips

    And remember to try out monochrome and posterisation in your post processing
    • 8 Jun 2019 8:54AM
  • Posted on: 8 Essential Music Festival Photography Tips

    If there is lighting used, be sure to shoot in raw format and have fun clicking your white balance in post processing
    • 8 Jun 2019 8:43AM
  • Posted on: Canon Announce 3 New Lenses

    For £13k you would at least expect an Arca foot, why do canon do this, iíll bet itís got a difficult baggy hood and case that wonít take a body attached as well, same goes for the 400mm
    • 5 Sep 2018 5:47PM
  • Posted on: Canon Adds Two New Versions Of The Popular 70-200mm L-Series To Its Line-Up

    Another two opportunities of supplying a lens with an Arca compatible foot missed

    When will Canon realise that most folk will either attach more weight by buying an arca type plate or simply replace the foot with a product from some one else, either way the lens becomes either heavier or more expensive
    • 7 Jun 2018 8:22AM
  • Posted on: 5 Common Wildlife Photography Mistakes To Avoid

    And try to pay some attention to your background, it can make or break a shot
    • 5 Jun 2018 8:14AM
  • Posted on: Photographing Eleonora's Falcon

    They will also catch and eat insects on the wing similar to Hobbies which can help with inflight shots
    • 17 Feb 2018 7:28AM
  • Posted on: Photographing The Black-Winged Stilt

    From a photographic point of view simply get the sun behind you and pay attention to backgrounds and if there is no sun pay more attention to the background and try to shoot wide open
    • 2 Feb 2018 11:50AM
  • Posted on: Photoshop Fail Features Left-Handed Nikon DSLR

    More to the point camera manufactures should be offering left handed options other than at the beginning of April
    • 30 Jan 2018 11:37AM
  • Posted on: Basic Camera Maintenance From Fixation

    Check your sensor by shooting a blue sky with a small aperture by all means, but do take two shots as there can be far more rubbish flying around in the atmosphere than any dust bunnies you might have on your sensor, when examining the results, as you move from one image to the next any particle that moves position on your sensor isnít a dust bunny
    • 12 Jan 2018 9:17PM
  • Posted on: Learn About The Common Redshank



    Can anyone explain his behaviour
    • 23 Feb 2017 11:30PM
  • Posted on: Top 23 Best Canon EOS Lenses 2020

    Probably sums up why I shoot Canon, glass has the class Wink just wish I could afford the 400mm DO
    • 20 Feb 2017 3:58PM
  • Posted on: 5 Top Night Photography Tips: How To Photography Light Trails In Cities & Towns

    In order to get rid of the Orange glow for night shots in an urban environment you could shoot in raw and either change the white balance in your post processing or set it correctly in the camera, unless you are shooting mono that is
    • 22 Jan 2017 8:00AM
  • Posted on: Winter Bird Photography Tips

    Backgrounds are important and can make the difference between a snap and a great picture, camo netting can also help with this as can shooting a wide apertures

    So please please pay attention to them
    • 4 Dec 2016 10:51AM
  • Posted on: Playing With White Balance To Create Interesting Images

    Altering white balance in post can produce interesting results particularly if you have flashing different coloured lights, or even if you are shooting a night scape, just try it with the white balance click button, I usually use teeth or whites of the eyes but anywhere around any image will do



    • 6 Nov 2016 9:21AM
  • Posted on: Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 Review

    Typos in headings at end of review refer to version 14
    • 5 Oct 2016 7:55AM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS M5 Full Review

    Awaiting the reviews and firesale, way too pricey, weather sealing, 4K and a new more powerful battery would have possibly justified the price

    It has a high end price without high end features, not too sure who their target market is, initially it may sell well, and will in my view require price drops for sales to be sustained, so a mark ll wont be too far off

    At £800 with the new zoom lens I would have pre ordered, but will stick with the M10 for now and see what happens
    • 15 Sep 2016 3:00PM
  • Posted on: Best Camera Straps Available

    After years of using black rapid and Sunsniper I now use peak design slide, lite and leash, can't fault them and wouldn't go back
    • 15 Sep 2016 7:02AM
  • Posted on: 5 Top Gig Photography Tips Every Music Fan Needs

    My advice If there is any lighting whatsoever would be to shoot in RAW and then try using the click white balance on various parts of an image, it can produce interesting results and can help with either over or under exposed images

    You can also achieve this if converting to mono, by using coloured filters in mono processing

    Additionally if you get great image that doesn't work in colour, try monochroming it and if that doesn't work, try posterisation
    • 10 Sep 2016 8:35AM
  • Posted on: 4 Top Tips On Photographing Dogs At The Beach

    My two tips would be : get down low and shoot with natures modelling light behind you
    • 20 Jun 2016 7:21AM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4 E FL ED VR Review

    Weight and bulk shouldn't always be viewed as " cons", perhaps if you compared the lens to its predecessor, you would see that this lens is smaller and lighter and a step up technology wise

    The real cons with this type of lens are the fact the the lens feet are not Arca compatible and require a plate or third party replacement foot( Kirk or RRS ), the lens hoods are fiddly and bulky, with snap on 3rd party ones being far better (Don Zeck) and the fact that they come with magnificent really expensive cases that won't fit with a body attached, those are the three areas that the manufacturers need slating on

    A F4 600 mm is never going to be anything other than large and heavy because of the laws of physics however the weight can be a plus if you use the right support gear, particularly in hides, where I use a skimmer ground pod

    Additionally a lot of people who buy this type of lens do so to shoot beyond 600mm, where its capability to take teleconverters is crucial, tracking AF capability is just as important however the review doesn't seem to cover these aspects and the only real comparators to this lens are its predecessor, the canon equivalent, and the sigma 300-800
    • 15 Mar 2016 8:03AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Review

    Agree with the comments above, info on 300mm would be very appropriate

    As regards the Canon Comparison thorough, wouldn't the EF 100-400mm Mark 2 be more appropriate than the f4 supertele(price) zoom

    I await the first pictures of swallows and swifts in flight with this system
    • 1 Mar 2016 9:12AM
  • Posted on: ePz Member Exclusive Discount On Noise Removing Software - Offer Extended

    Is it possible to get the CD version, as it only appears to state that the delivery is electronic
    • 30 Dec 2015 9:05AM
  • Posted on: Winning Images From The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

    Excellent images
    • 21 Dec 2015 7:57PM
  • Posted on: November Photo Month Winner Week 1 Announced

    Many thanks

    Just for the record I got well bitten with the Scottish midges, despite "protection"
    • 11 Nov 2015 2:56PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Introduces A New Super-Telephoto Lens

    Wild life and birding that requires reach, AF, and frame rate at a reasonable cost
    • 5 Aug 2015 1:53PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Introduces A New Super-Telephoto Lens

    Looks good await the test results, if good it looks like the Nikon folks only need a D400 to pair it with, and they could be back in front
    • 4 Aug 2015 11:16AM

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