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by MikeOxon
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Marbled White
Topic: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 39

Re: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017

No difficult choice to be made here - I find that I only took one Marbled White photo this year. It was on a memorable afternoon in the Bernwood Meadow when the main 'target' was Black Hairstreaks. I had expected to see more butterflies ranging across the centre of the meadow but, in fact, there wer...
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3084
Views: 93845

Re: Padfield

We're now doing our best to catch up with the snow fall - though not quite up to your standard yet! Super animated Christmas tree :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2224
Views: 92021

Re: Neil Freeman

I envy you the Bullfinches in the garden :mrgreen: Nothing unusual here yet but if the cold snap continues, we'll probably see an invasion of Winter thrushes.

Very nice set of photos.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 825
Views: 26256

Snow in Oxon

No butterflies in the garden today:

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Abingdon, Oxon - 10th December 2017
Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens - 1/125s@f/5 ISO640

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 29
Views: 1511

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

Hi Neil, I think you have demonstrated Gary's point very well. The important thing is to have a vision of what you are trying to achieve. Your photos show that the 'old' Lumix FZ38 can achieve that 'soft background' look that always seems to be favoured in competition photos. A more expensive camera...
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 825
Views: 26256

Re: MikeOxon

Jack Harrison wrote:You mentioned that you have yet another camera

Here's (some of) my equipment.
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Are you going to show us yours Mike? :twisted:
Two or three more cameras that I couldn't find.

Jack


... and the one you took the photo with, I assume :)
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 825
Views: 26256

Re: MikeOxon

............ I wonder if it is a little over-processed?............. You are by no means alone in thinking that, Jack. I have had similar comments from the Olympus UK forum , where I also posted the photo. I wanted to bring out the '3D' look of the photo and, in that area you pointed out, the chain...
by MikeOxon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 825
Views: 26256

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you David. It's a good way of using dark winter evenings. Even before all the computer processing, I was impressed by the performance of my Leica 100-400 mm lens, which has the added ability to focus as close as 1.3m for near-macro results.
by MikeOxon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Butterflies in the Glasshouse 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Butterflies in the Glasshouse 2018

Already looking forward to my regular mid-Winter boost at the RHS Butterflies in the Glasshouse event, starting on January 13th :)
by MikeOxon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3084
Views: 93845

Re: Padfield

seeing your Papiliorama shots reminded me that it won't be too long before I can enjoy my own regular mid-Winter boost at the RHS Butterflies in the Glasshouse event, starting on January 13th :) That 'running stream' is a very effective use of GIF animation and also a way of making use of all those ...
by MikeOxon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 825
Views: 26256

Re: Super Moon

We're now well into that time of year when we reminisce about the good times we enjoyed over the past season (with the help of the 'Favourite Photo' thread), while planning next season's adventures. I am just getting to grips with ( yet another ) new camera and exploring its capabilities. I have gre...
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Large Skipper
Topic: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 85

Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017

My photo was taken on a beautiful sunny June day in my local Bernwood Forest. It is a very fresh-looking example with superb colouring around the fringes:

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Bernwood Forest, Oxon - 18th June 2017
Olympus E-M5 with 100-400 mm lens - 1/400s@f/7.1 ISO 1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Green-veined White
Topic: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017

Wurzel wrote:.............It will be a moment that I will treasure through the years and better still I have this shot to aid my memory of it.
............

A truly worthy 'favourite', Wurzel, with a story to complement the excellent photo :)
by MikeOxon
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Holly Blue
Topic: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

Holly Blues are 'regulars' in our garden, where we have both Holly and Ivy plants, to sustain the alternating generations. Throughout 2016, they all eluded my attempts at photography by only settling high in the trees, or simply 'melting away' as I walked out into the garden. I was determined to do ...
by MikeOxon
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1905
Views: 39218

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie, I can confirm that it has worked for me, too. I once photographed a PH on the ground, towards the end of a day's butterflying in Bernwood Forest, as recorded in my Diary from 2015 . We were returning to the car-park and, as I recall, I had already put my camera away, when I spotted a smal...
by MikeOxon
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1905
Views: 39218

Re: Goldie M

Goldie M wrote:....... Hi! Mike, I bet you thought it was your Birthday! :D Did you take any shots :?: :D Goldie :D


It was a long time ago, Goldie (27 years!) but there's still a photo on this page of my website
by MikeOxon
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1905
Views: 39218

Re: Goldie M

I always think Hairstreaks are 'buterflyers' butterflies'! - they usually have to be looked for. I remember, though, that my first encounter with the White-letter was a complete surprise. I was walking in a wood near home and saw these little brown butterflies nectaring on Knapweed. It took me sever...
by MikeOxon
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Green-veined White
Topic: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017

Another photo from a remarkable afternoon In Bucknell Wood, Northants, when I saw 20 different species - a major proportion of my entire year's collection!

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Bucknell Wood, Northants - 25th July 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm lens - 1/800s@f/9 ISO 1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Green Hairstreak
Topic: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 240

Re: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

This photo is little more than a 'place holder'; it is one of only two of this species that I took on a sunny day at Aston Rowant NNR in the lull between Spring and Summer species. The only butterfly species present in any abundance was the Small Heath and there were also several small green Cistus ...
by MikeOxon
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 68
Views: 1188

Re: Andrew555

As others have already said, those are very beautiful Comma photos, Andrew. Your FZ1000 does a great job, with good separation of the subject from the background and low noise, resulting in very 'clean' images. I see that there is now an FZ2000 but what a price :shock:

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