It may be a little less of a traditional animal portrait than my other puffin pictures, but I think this more environmental portrait is one of my favourites. I love the hesitant pose of the little puffin, contemplating making the leap up to the next ledge – maybe he forgot that he has wings?
I don’t normally post many pictures of the same subject one after the other – I would hate for you all to get bored! – but I got a special request to put up more pictures from my sail on the Liberty Clipper, and so I’m going to break that ‘rule’ today. This picture is for you, Dad!
Photographically speaking, the lens flare in this shot was unintentional (in contrast to the deliberate flare of the previous sailing picture), but I quite like the effect and the way it is contained to the bell.
I was in the US for the 4th of July, so took the opportunity connect with some American history and headed out on a USS Constitution Turnaround Sail on one of the Liberty Fleet Tall Ships. Not only was this something I’d never done before, it also gave me the opportunity to try out my brand new 5D Mark III, the replacement for my poor dying 7D. Luckily most of the controls are similar to my old camera, so it didn’t take too long to get back into the swing of things!
As for the sail itself, it was a lot of fun. Highly recommended, especially for photographers.
I must be in an aerial mood this week – here’s a picture from a different flight, this time somewhere over California, on the approach to LA.
One of my problems when taking pictures from a commercial flight is figuring out afterwards exactly what I’ve taken a picture of, especially if I’m not familiar with the location. In this case, a quick look at the flight tracker and google maps showed my flight only crossed one significant mountain range, so I feel confident declaring this is a picture of the Rocky Mountains – more exactly, part of the Southern Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
I could see the thick clouds settled over the mountains as we approached, so didn’t hold out much hope of getting any pictures – I was pleasantly surprised to find some photogenically located gaps in the clouds as we passed over!
After a frantic few weeks (leading to the unplanned hiatus in posting), I thought I’d celebrate my return with one of the most peaceful pictures I could find; ducks floating on the lake in St Jame’s Park. For a park smack-bang in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world, there is a surprising feeling of calm and solitude – at least early on a chilly, overcast morning.
I hope everyone has had a relaxed and peaceful time while I’ve been gone!
While the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba is famous for its intricate interior, with a Catholic Cathedral nested inside an old Islamic Mosque, the doors dotted around its outside walls harken back very clearly to the original owners of the building.