Photographer’s outing

A lot of people at work have seen me with my camera and some think I might be able to pass some of my knowledge on to them. As a result I have been asked to go out at lunch-time with others from work with the intention of helping them get the hang of their cameras.

Today was one of those days. Michael and Dan had brought their cameras in so at lunch-time we headed off to the weir.

Michael wanted to try a low shutter speed and had bought a neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light going into the camera.

I tried a few shots of the weir, both with normal exposure as decided by the camera and then with the combination pushed to give me a slower shutter speed.

Weir at Robert's Park

Weir at Robert's Park

Michael and Dan both have the same camera, a Nikon. Mine is Canon. These cameras have a button somewhere to change all the settings. The problem is knowing which one it is. You then have to know what effect the different settings will have on the photo you take given the lighting conditions. It takes a lot of practice and familiarisation.

Lunch time outing

These 2 shots are the same part of the weir but at different shutter speeds.

Weir at Robert's Park

Weir at Robert's Park

Weir at Robert's Park

Weir at Robert's Park

And of course I couldn’t go without getting some wild life shots. This is a Dunnock (with a very short tail) that was on the edge of the river below us.

Dunnock

Dunnock on a tyre

And all the time we were being watched by the wolf on the wall.

Wolf eyes

Birds on Shipley Glen

On Saturday I went up to Shipley Glen/Bracken Hall Green to take a photo for this year’s project and decided to wander around the trees in the glen. I could hear a Great Spotted Woodpecker but I did not get to see it. However I did get some good sightings of Robins. They sometimes keep quiet and still as you pass quite close.

Robin, Shipley Glen

At other times they sing there heads off.

Robin, Shipley Glen

I quite liked the way that the Sun was behind this Robin with the darker background of a tree trunk.

Robin, Shipley Glen

They are cute birds.

Robin, Shipley Glen

While watching a pair of Bluetits dancing around together I saw a Tree creeper follow its characteristic saw tooth path, fly down to a low part of a tree and then creep up it feeding before flying down to the next tree.

Tree Creeper, Shipley Glen

I could also hear several Nuthatch. One flew in and scattered the pair of Bluetits before moving round and round the tree feeding.

Nuthatch, Shipley Glen

Nuthatch, Shipley Glen

Over the the other side of the beck were two Grey Herons in the depression in the field. They were probably waiting for worms, frogs and anything else small and edible to show.

Herons, Shipley Glen

On the way along the beck I came across this gate that can close off the beck as it goes under the path. It seems a strange thing to put a gate across.

Loadpit Beck

Saturday’s walk – river, canal, dead Owl & demolished cinema.

On Saturday I had a walk down to the river. This is the first time I have been down there since they redid the path. I am at a loss as to why they had to create a tarmac path on a public right of way through a field. Surely a couple of posts would have been enough? On the way down there I noticed a worn access cover. It looks as though one of the problems of having an access cover near a junction on a hill is that a lot of cars will drive over it with wheel spin. Over the years this one at the top of Kirklands Road has been worn down so that all the raised parts have been worn away.

Worn access cover

Usually, on the way down to the reserve I go down the snicket off Hoyle Court Road, however this time I carried on down Hoyle Court Lane and past St James’ church. It is looking a lot whiter than usual.

The Timber Church Baildon looking very white

There are now a few male Goosander down on the river. I had not noticed the colouring in the light areas before. It is almost pink.

Male Goosander, Denso Marston Nature Reserve

These two decided not to hang around for me to watch them.

Male Goosander, Denso Marston Nature Reserve

For the first time on the reserve I also saw some perching Redwing looking as though they were trying to fluff up against the cold.

Redwing, Denso Marston Nature Reserve

The cold winter weather seriously hits the smaller birds especially those that eat insects but there were several flocks of Longtail Tits working along the river bank going from tree to tree. Wrens, Blue tits and Great tits were also showing. But it waqs great to spot this little character – a Goldcrest, Europe’s smallest bird. I sometimes see these in Robert’s Park but I have yet to get a clear, crisp shot of one.

Goldcrest, Denso Marston Nature Reserve

Just a little further along the river, just before going through the wall at the cemetery I saw one of the reasons why anglers need to be careful with the way they fish = an Owl has been caught in fishing line on the other side of the river.

An Owl is not a Fish

An Owl is not a Fish

However a little further up river I cheered up a bit after seeing a Dipper. It would have been great if it had been a Black Bellied Dipper but I was lucky to see one a couple of years ago.

Common Dipper, River Aire near Denso Marston Nature Reserve

I then decided to walk along the canal for a while to see what the Shipley cinema looked like. On the canal a family of Swans were paddling along majestically. In the past I had seen parents having a peck at their large youngsters as though they were saying “off you go. Find a place of your own” so I was a bit surprised to see these 3 swimming along together.

Swan family on the canal

Just a bit further on I went to the top of the stone bridge over the canal and took this photo which, only a few days earlier would have shown the cinema/bingo hall on Briggate, Shipley.

Looking along the canal towards the demolished cinema

At that time another juvenile Swan decided to fly over. I wonder if this one had been told to find it’s own place to live.

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By then I was near Ellis Briggs and taking photos of the remains of the cinema.

Cinemas Remains

The man on the left is having his photo taken with a souvenir from the wreckage – a brick with the name HARROTEX on it.

Cinemas Remains

Cinemas Remains

Cinemas Remains

Cinemas Remains

Cinema Remains

Here is another HARROTEX brick. One from Wrose Hill Fireclay Company, Shipley. The pit for the clay used by Wrose Hill was only 700 yards South of Shipley railway station. The company had this name between 1901 and 1927.

Cinemas Remains

Cinema Remains

Cinema Remains

You can see photos of the outside and inside of the cinema here

A bit of frost and snow around Robert’s Park

I haven’t let the weather get in the way of taking some photos. A bit of snow on Sir Titus in Robert’s Park adds something to the statue. Here he is viewed through the band stand.

Sir Titus Salt through the band stand, Robert's Park

The snow also makes some of the other areas in the park look different.

Robert's Park

Robert's Park

Across the road by Thompson Lane also looks different in the frost.

Midgeley Wood

Thompson Lane

Early morning frost was also framing the Holly on Thompson Lane.

Ice fringed Holly

And frost was growing on the cobwebs on the bridge over the canal.

Cobwebs on the canal bridge

Tree on the weir

You have probably noticed that we have had quite a bit of rain recently. Before Christmas we had enough to wash a tree down river to get stuck on the weir at Robert’s Park. The river will need to get a lot higher before it will lift this off the weir.

Tree on the weir

As usual you can click on the image to see it larger at flickr.

New Year’s Day Garden Birds

My first bird of 2013 was a Blue-tit seen from the bedroom window. During the day there was a lot less rain today, there was even a bit of sunshine. So today I was able to get in the garden and take a few more shots of the garden birds. The Bullfinches were still keeping their distance though.

So here we have – a couple of shots of a male Chaffinch

Chaffinch in our garden. New Year's Day

Chaffinch in our garden. New Year's Day

A Coaltit

Coal-tit in our garden. New Year's Day

and a couple of shots of Siskins.

Siskin in our garden. New Year's Day

Siskin in our garden. New Year's Day