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"Summer Trips Isle of May, 22-3"

Departing from Anstruther Harbour by Ferry and Rib, the outward trip was rather choppy but once docked at Kirkhaven Landing the sun appeared for our 2.5 hr stay. Amongst the 200 bird species recorded, the Island hosts the biggest puffin colony on the east coast with shags, razorbills, kittiwake gulls, and terns. The latter guaranteed to dive bomb as soon as you come ashore. There is lots to see during the visit, which always seems too short but as you can see from the Gallery below, everyone had fun and captured some stunning images.

You can also check the Isle of May Website. After another choppy return trip to Anstruther the team had coffee and the stalwarts stayed for fish and chips at the renowned Anstruther Fish bar.

Another great “summer trip” enjoyed by all.

Team Leaders
Gillian Temple
Ken Goodfellow

Dennis Brooks
Ian & Elizabeth Monk
John Brady
Veda Murphy

1st Monthly Winning COLOUR

COLOUR Winning Image - "Male Kingfisher with catch" - by David McConkey The Story The Kingfisher was taken from a hide in Dumfries & Galloway in September. The conditions were cloudy. I was in the hide for about 8 hours. The Kingfisher visited this perch about 5 or 6 times. Settings Camera Canon 1dx mk 2 Manfrotto Tripod with Benro Gimbal head 150 - 600 Sigma zoom 421 mm focal length AWB ISO 3200 Aperture F7.1 shutter speed 1/1250

1st Monthly Winning MONO

MONO winning image - "Threesome" - by Gillian Temple This composite of three individual images was taken during lockdown when getting out was not easy (also ideal for wet weekends). The images were taken with a black backdrop, using a single studio light setup. The camera was a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24 – 105 mm lens at f5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 100. They were converted into mono in photoshop with a key line added, then placed onto one image to make a Tryptich image.

2nd Monthly winning COLOUR

JUMP Image taken at Warwick rodeo in 2018 on a hot and dusty day, perfect conditions for these types of shots. Shot in RAW and processed in Photoshop, I decided to set this image up as a portrait as it suited the head on positioning of the subject, I toned down the background to eliminate distractions and allow the eye to focus on the subject, I was particularly pleased the rodeo riders face was nice and sharp and with a good facial expression, decided to leave as a colour as it looked more punchy and popped out the screen. Camera EOS 5DS Lens EF 70-200mm f/2.8 Aperture f/4.0 Shutter 1/800 sec Focal 200mm ISO 100 David Scott DPAGB EFIAP

2nd Monthly Winning Mono

This mono image of Eileen Donan was taken in early July 2021, enroute from our Invermoriston holiday home to Plockton. It was a handheld panoramic of 4 images taken from the shoreline next to the carpark. The images were shot in landscape mode with a total shift of 30deg. I used a Canon R6 with my Canon EF 50mm f 1.4 US lens exposed at f11 and a shutterspeed of 1/80 sec. Fast enough using the R6 with its in body stabilisation to avoid using a tripod. The pano was merged using lightroom Classic to generate a crop ratio of 2.35:1 and processed originally as a colour image. Although I liked the colour shot, it lacked the drama that the castle deserved. So I decided to convert it into a mono image using Silver Efex pro 2 and a favoured high structure preset. That done, it only needed a few minor brush adjustments to create the effect. I left the tourists in the frame – judge bait. Ian Monk 11.11.2021

3rd Monthly Winning mono image

Dance - This was a studio shot taken with a Canon 5D Mark 3, ISO 100, F5.6 at 1/160 sec and 50mm focal length. The shot was taken with the idea of capturing the moment while framing the face with the fabric. The shot was taken in Raw in colour and edited in Camera Raw, then cropped and turned into mono in Photoshop. Gillian Temple LRPS DPAGB - 15/12/21

3rd Monthly Winning Colour

ROCKET FUEL - This is a straight photo with minor tone adjustment in Lightroom and sharpened using Topaz Sharpen AI. The photo has not been cropped post production but was taken in the “cropped sensor” camera setting. No further manipulation has been carried out in order that it qualifies as a Natural History photograph. The small white butterfly was feeding on the flowers of rocket in my rear garden. Camera - Canon EOS R5 Lens - Sigma EX 180mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM Exposure - I/400sec at F10 ISO 500. Kenneth Goodfellow, LRPS CPAGB President DPA

4th Monthly Winning Colour images!!

I was very honoured to win the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions of the Colour section of the 4th Monthly competition. The 1st place image is a studio shot of a Bride. Draping red and gold materials behind the bride to compliment her outfit, a square crop and a small amount of skin retouching in photoshop was all that was needed. The shot was taken with a Canon 5d, at 50mm with 100 ISO with F7.1 aperture and 125 shutter speed. The 2nd placed image was taken in the woods in the spring with the bluebells surrounding me in the woods with beautiful soft light under the trees this shot took some time to take waiting on a bird to land on the twig in the bluebells. This was taken with my Canon 5d Mark 4 with a Sigma lens 150-600 at F6.3 shutter speed of 1000 and ISO 3200. The 3rd placed image was from a shoot I did at stables. It was a very bright hot day with strong contrasty light, so the girl and horse were standing in the doorway to the stable with a black backdrop and light with natural light. I was able to remove any distracting background objects and reduce the saturation of the girls outfit as it was too overpowering for the shot and wanted to have it closer to the colour of the horse. This was taken with my Canon 1DX Mark 2, 24 to 105mm lens at 70mm F3.2, shutter speed 500, and ISO 800. Gillian Temple LRPS DPAGB - 17/02/22

4th Monthly Winning Mono image

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by David Bolton ( DPA Secretary ) LRPS, CPAGB, MBE This image was taken pre-Covid 19 during the Edinburgh Festival. Taken in RAW and processed in Photoshop using a BW layer plus sliders. Contrast increased using Curves. It was cropped slightly, and selectively sharpened using the High Pass filter. Completed with an Orton Effect at 20 %. Canon 5D Mk iii with 24 – 105mm lens F5.6 1/200th second

Adventures with Camera - Ep2 , 27/02/22 BLUE TEAM RSPB LOCH LEVEN

Episode 2. 27/02/2022 BLUE TEAM RSPB LOCH LEVEN Video Link A Blue Team shoot to DPA's nearest bird sanctuary at RSPB Loch Leven. The team collaborated to provide the inputs and the editing of the video. The recent upgrades to this RSPB facility make it well worth a visit.

Adventures with Camera - Ep4, LOCH NESS AREA - 25th April 2022

A three night stay in Drumnadrochit allowed an exploration of Loch Ness and the surrounding area. Although the trip was in early April, we experienced a mix of weather including sunshine, showers, mist and snow. Glen Affric lies to the south-west and is very accessible as far as Affric Lodge ; there were many good viewpoints to take shots of Loch Affric and the many waterfalls in spate at that time. There is however a very different glen, Glen Strathfarrar, several miles north on the A831. It is a private glen with limited access to private cars, 25 at any one time. Entry is free once the custodian unlocks the multi-padlocked gate. The road through the glen is well maintained and there was an unexpected feeling of tranquility. This is a visit not to be missed. The Guisachan estate in the area is well known as the home of the first Golden Retrievers, bred by Baron Tweedmouth towards the end of the 19th century. A statue commemorates this. A trip by car round Loch Ness is enjoyable and illuminating. Sadly no monster appeared. Castle Urquhart can be visited ( at a price) and the A82 takes you south to Fort Augustus; the views of the Loch are obscured by many high trees and a better view of the Loch on that west side can be seen by taking the A82 north. Fort Augustus is a useful rest point for refreshments and shopping, including a nice woollen shop in a corrugated iron former church. However the road on the East side of the Loch gives many better views and although it is a B road, it is worth taking for the scenery. The Falls of Foyers are spectacularly high but the falls themselves have a disappointing water flow as they are downstream from a hydro-electric plant. Another road, the B862 travels inland and rises to give spectacular views over the mountains, especially after a snowfall. Excellent views down the Loch can be photographed from the shores of Dores, a small village south of Inverness. The return trip home via Fort Augustus to Fort William, Ballachulish and Glen Coe was, of course, a joy with the glorious scenery enhanced by snow on the surrounding mountains and a final stop at the “ Green Wellie “oasis for lunch. This was a good trip with many photographic opportunities which the attached images show. Gillian Temple – using a Canon R5 camera David McConkey – using an Apple I-phone and a Canon 5D mkIII David Bolton – using a Fujifilm GFX 50 S camera

Adventures with Camera - Ep1, 22/02/2022  CAMBO ESTATE SNOWDROPS 

A visit, on a beautiful February day to the annual Snowdrop Festival at Cambo house, near Kingsbarnes in Fife which hosts the national collection of 300 snowdrops. The Woodland walks are lined with clumps and swathes of all the different varieties with a smattering of aconites and a meander to the sea and through the walled garden reveals winter grasses and ironwork sculptures before a foray into the glasshouse with its bowls of fragrant hyacinth and lovely peach blossom. Then try the extensive café for a welcome respite where snowdrops are on sale at the adjoining gift shop. ​ Participating members, Veda Murphy, Ian & Elizabeth Monk