London Wetlands Centre

Birds of London Wetlands

Watching birds brings me so much peace and joy. Whenever I get to the wetlands, St James Park or Regents Park I’m going to take photos as a way of documenting “what was there”.

Here’s a few more bird pics.

This probably the best wildlife photo that I have taken. I am so pleased with this Robin.

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Birds of London Wetlands

Exercise 4.8 – Photomontage In Photoshop

Brief:- Now that you’ve seen how to make a photomontage with newspaper cuttings, search through your archive of images to make a photomontage with your own photographs. Photomontage requires a playful, experimental attitude to exploring different arrangements, so don’t try to be too ‘tidy’ or perfect about your final result. Decide on the different picture elements: the background, the different parts of the environment, objects different people in the environment. Think in terms of depth: fg,mg, and bg. When you’ve completed your photomontage, photograph it or save it as a finished image. 

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I’m surprised at how short a time this take me to complete. Just a few hours this afternoon. Clearly the practice of using Photoshop is paying off. During other pieces of coursework I have used Photoshop to create montages of differing styles, one was made from several hundred photos that I had taken of street art (here), and another which combined faces (here).

It’s been enjoyable for me to connect with what matters to me. It can be easy to get bogged down with some aspects of life, which become detrimental to others. The background picture reminds me that my passion is photography. It’s become a vital part of regaining my health. Macro photography helps me to chill, to forget the things which can disable me, and to help me get present. The two family members are amazing. We never knew each other until I neared the end of my twenties, it was a chance meeting. But we lost contact and then a real life miracle happened. L was robbed in the street and she flagged down a car, the driver took them home so the police could be called. My photo was on the mantelpiece. I’m so grateful to the man who robbed L. L and G are amazing, if you’re reading – I love you deeply. The gannet is representative of birds, nature, birdwatching and wildlife photography. How can you not love a bird? The car is flying – events photography – I love the action, the fast pace of photographic technique, pushing myself technically and creatively. I’m feeling very grateful as I join some of the dots of my life.

When I embarked upon Foundations in Photography I preferred Lightroom over Photoshop. I still find Lightroom to be my go to for digitally developing my photos. However, my personal creative development has had a seismic shift, by following other creatives blogs I have started to explore mixed media art and production. I have an exciting developmental journey ahead, and I need Photoshop for the development of my creativity.

Gannets Triptych And A Composite Photo Of A Kestral

Triptych of a Gannet in-flight
A photographic triptych of a Gannet landing on the cliffs at RSPB Brampton Cliffs
A photographic triptych of a Gannet landing on the cliffs at RSPB Brampton Cliffs
Triptych of a Gannet in-flight
Photographic triptych of a Gannet Flying along the cliff tops, with a Say in the Background at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Photographic triptych of Gannett's training each other
This is a photographic triptych of a pair of Gannett’s training each other at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
A composite photo of a kestrel in flight.
A composite photo of a kestrel in flight.

 

My Recent Trip To RSPB Bempton Cliffs

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

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Northern Gannet

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) is one of my favorite sea birds. It has a beautiful blue eye which us set against a pastel yellow nape. They nest in large colonies and are very territorial. Gannets mate for life and return to the same nest year after year.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

 

Guillemot

The Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) is a member of the Auk family. It spends most of its life at sea and the only time that you will find ut on the land is when it is breeding. These birds are very pretty to look at despite being quite plain in appearance.

A photo of a Common Guillemot at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire

Puffin

The Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is one of the most beautiful sea birds, and one that brings the crowds to RSPB Bempton Cliffs. It has an unusually shaped beak, which is has bright orange streaks and has saw like mandibles. The serrated beak means that the Puffin can catch many sand eels at the same time and they cannot subsequently fall from its jaw.

This is a photo of a Puffin taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshure.

Kittywake with chick

I love to see the new chucks sitting upon the nest and being attended to by their parents. This photo is of a family of Kittywakes, and a hungry chick.

A photo of a Kittywake chuck and parent taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire.

Photographers

Some of these people had incredibly large lenses, and I am aware that they cost several thousands of pounds. I was left wondering whether their lenses really made photos any better than what I have taken today? I suspect not, I have a few high quality photos that I am really impressed with.

This is a photo of photographers taking photos of Gannets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on North Yorkshure.