Gothic_dreams

This forum contains a topic per member, each representing a personal diary.
User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:23 pm

After my dad, who posts on UKB as nfreem, got me interested in butterflies and nature, he kindly gave me his old camera and after following my dads diary on here for a few months now I decided to give it ago myself to keep a personal track of what I see out and about and also to practice and improve my photography skills as this is something I am new to, so all advice, hints and tips welcome.

Since receiving the camera I haven’t had many opportunities to get out and about due to work and the recent bad weather, however this month I have managed 2 lovely outings with the father. The first of these was to Bishops Hill, which provided me my first chance to try out taking some photos as this is something I have never done before.

This was back on 09/06/12 and the day was cloudy but pleasant with occasional bright spells and just warm enough for a few things to be out and about. While there we saw Common Blues, Small Blues, a couple of Grizzled Skippers and Small Heaths and a couple of faded Dingy Skippers. We also managed to see a few Burnet Companion moths and a single Yellow Shell moth.

P1060991resize.JPG
White-Legged damselfly


P1060964resize.JPG
Grizzled Skipper


P1060948resize.JPG
Burnet Companion moth


P1060988resize.JPG
Faded Dingy Skipper


P1060946resize.JPG
Yellow Shell moth - not great quality


P1060918resize.JPG
Small Blue underside


P1060982 resize.JPG
Common Blue female


P1060993resize.JPG
Common Blue male


P1070008resize.JPG
Common Blue underside

Susie
Posts: 3601
Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:34 pm

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Susie » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:37 pm

Cracking photos! :D

User avatar
Colin Knight
Posts: 53
Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 2:03 pm
Location: Littlehampton
Contact:

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Colin Knight » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:40 pm

Well done Gothic Dreams! Wish my early butterfly shots had been as good as these. I particularly like your Grizzled Skipper. Keep posting please.

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:57 pm

Thank you for the comments Susie and Colin, im glad you like the photos :D I shall be keeping a regular update of what i see out and about.

Pauline
Posts: 1964
Joined: Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:49 pm
Location: Liphook, Hants

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Pauline » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:59 pm

You're giving your dad a run for his money there Gothic dreams - great grizzled skipper shots!

User avatar
Neil Freeman
Posts: 2553
Joined: Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:25 pm
Location: Solihull, West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Neil Freeman » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:05 pm

It comes to something when I take him out and he takes better photos than me.....with my old camera as well :?

Best of it was, I completely missed the Grizzled Skipper being on another part of the site at the time.

Looks like I will have to up my game :wink:

Neil.

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:13 pm

Thank you Pauline, the Grizzled Skipper shot is one of my favourites too :)

Chris

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:34 pm

The second of my outings with the father this month was at a place called Babbs Mill which we visited yesterday afternoon.

It was a fairly cloudy day with bright patches, however with it being a dry day and only being 10mins away from where I work, and being a place neither me or my dad had been before we took the opportunity to have a look to see if it would be a place worth while visiting over the next few months. Not expecting to see anything we were very happy and surprised to see a single Painted Lady, which was very faded and looked like it had seen better days, and a single fresh looking male Meadow Brown.

The place looked a lovely area and definitely a place worth checking again when the weather has improved.

P1070185resize.JPG
Faded Painted Lady


P1070187resize.JPG
Faded Painted Lady half open wings


P1070194resize.JPG
Faded Painted Lady closed wings


P1070208resize.JPG
Male Meadow Brown


P1070202resize.JPG
Male Meadow Brown underside


More to come

Chris

User avatar
Wurzel
Stock Contributor
Stock Contributor
Posts: 5786
Joined: Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:44 pm
Location: Salisbury
Contact:

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Wurzel » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:13 pm

Cracking shots Chris - looking forward to the "more" that's following!

Have a goodun

Wurzel

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:20 pm

Thank you Wurzel, im pretty new to taking photos but look forward to getting out and about more over the summer and hopefully getting some good practice in over the coming months :)

Chris

User avatar
Padfield
Administrator
Administrator
Posts: 6766
Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:19 pm
Location: Switzerland
Contact:

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Padfield » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:58 pm

Welcome Chris! I look forward to sharing the rest of your season through your diary. As others have commented, that's a great shot of the grizzly. It captures the species perfectly.

Guy
Guy's Butterflies: http://www.guypadfield.com

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:13 pm

Thank you Guy, im glad you like the grizzly shot :D

Chris

Nick Broomer
Posts: 1092
Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:01 pm

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Nick Broomer » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:43 pm

Hi Chris,

Glad to see you`re following in your dads footsteps. If you have just picked up a camera for the first time then i would love to see your photos in a couple of months time, :D some lovely pictures already.

All the best,

Nick.

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:02 pm

Thank you Nick, im lucky that my dad gave me some good tips to get me started, and also the fact he gave me a pretty decent camera :) pretty pleased with my first shots but hopefully will improve over the coming months, reading tips from other members on this forum and a few outings with the father over the next few months should go along way to helping :)

Chris

Debbie
Posts: 247
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:21 pm

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Debbie » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:49 am

lovely pictures, I really enjoyed seeing them. :) Debbie.

User avatar
NickMorgan
Posts: 748
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:07 pm
Location: East Lothian

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby NickMorgan » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:03 am

Chris,
I don't think you need any tips on photography. I think you should be passing tips on to us! I recently bought a Lumix FZ150, but like you I have been struggling to find days when I can use it so far this year.
Nick

User avatar
Goldie M
Posts: 3134
Joined: Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:05 pm

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Goldie M » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:41 pm

Love your Photo's , keep them coming Goldie :D

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:36 pm

Thank you for the kind comments Debbie, Nick and Goldie. Hopefully i will be able to get about a little more over july with a few days out planned with the father :)

Chris

User avatar
Vince Massimo
Administrator & Stock Contributor
Administrator & Stock Contributor
Posts: 1467
Joined: Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:36 pm
Location: Crawley, Sussex

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Vince Massimo » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:00 am

Hi Chris,

I'm pleased to see you following in your fathers footsteps and also launching straight into a Personal Diary. Something I have still not got round to starting yet............ I am impressed with the quality of your photos and would be pleased if you could add your Meadow Brown male upperside to the Species-Specific Album when you get time.

Regards,

Vince

User avatar
Gothic_dreams
Posts: 64
Joined: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Location: Solihull-West Midlands

Re: Gothic_dreams

Postby Gothic_dreams » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:00 pm

Thank you for the kind comments Vince, im glad you like the photos, I have added the Meadow Brown male upperside to the Species-Specific Album as requested :)

Chris


Return to “Personal Diaries”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests