Sorry for the lack of posts - I've been getting to grips with my new camera, a Nikon D5300, and also some new software to process the photos, Adobe Lightroom. Anyway, I'm back now, and here's a selection of photos from the woods...
May is always a good month for butterflies, and now I can capture images of them in even higher resolutions! :-) Here's a Peacock sunning itself:
and also a female Orange Tip, which confusingly does not have orange-tipped wings like the male does...
The Brimstone butterflies are out too, and this one actually sat still for me:
Bees are out too - I think this one is a 'Large Red-tailed Humble Bee', but not too sure on that:
and I've no idea what this one is, as I've not got its whole body visible:
Dragonflies are beginning to appear as well:
But the birds are harder to photograph now, with the leaves hiding them, as with this Great Tit:
As well as the usual photos, I've also been trying some of the special features in my new camera. One of them is selective colouring, where you can pick up to three colours to include, with various parameters, leaving the rest of the picture in greyscale. For example, Bluebells with only the blue showing:
And again, but with blue and green this time:
It worked nicely on this daisy:
and also this Lesser Celandine (?):
I also tried a few using HDR (High Dynamic Range) plus a 'sketch' effect:
Plenty more to come in due course...