Posted by: photographytuition | May 18, 2012

The Begwns, near Hay on Wye,

The Begwns is an area of upland, common land owned by the National Trust. It’s a favourite place of mine and I want to show you a selection of photos I took there a few evenings ago.

I used  a Nikon D7000 with a 300mm f4 lens for all the shots, all hand held. All photos were taken with the exposure compensation set at -1/2 stop. I find this setting works best in the evening light.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Reeds on a pond on The Begwns. ISO 400, 1/250 second, f8.

The Nikon 300mm f4 lens doesn’t have a close-up setting but can still focus pretty close as you can see from the next shot.

Insect and gorse. ISO 400. 1/1000sec, f6.7.

The Nikon 300mm doesn’t have vibration reduction and is pretty hard to hold steady, hence the fast shutter speeds.

Coot in a flap. ISO 400. 1/1500sec, f5.6.

Where mum goes I will follow. ISO 400. 1/1500sec, f5.6.

Refection of trees in pond. Taken in colour and converted to black and white. ISO 400. 1/1500sec, f8.

Two cuckoos. ISO 800. 1/750sec, f4. Cropped and sharpened.

I was just leaving The Begwns when I heard ‘cuckoo’. It was 8-30pm and the light was getting a bit dim, hence the highish ISO.

A tip for anyone wanting to see a cuckoo: if you can hear it you should be able to see it. They usually perch in the top of a tree but they don’t stay in one spot for long as they get mobbed by other birds – look out for agitated small birds.

One lens, one location, one hour. The Begwns, an amazing place.

If you would like to contact me my email address is will@phonecoop.coop or if you would like to join me on a photography course to The Begwns or other areas of Mid Wales take a look at my website www.photographytuition.co.uk

 

 

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