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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Photograph Gallery for week ending 4 December 2014

Here is this week's selection of my photographs, in daily order.

The lens of my camera had some greasy finger prints on it so I thought I would give it a wash.

Just over three weeks ago I showed you a picture of a steam train – well here is another. This is the Bittern steaming through Heighington rail-space on its way to Lincoln on its 'Bittern Farewell Tour' on the 30th December.

I put a new additional feeder in the crab-apple tree on Wednesday and this was the first diner.

The popular promenade and beach at Hythe, Kent – but not in November 2014. In the later half of 1960 I lived in the first floor flat – now its called an apartment – of the end of terraced house nearest to me as I took this photograph. In the summer and autumn months it was great to be so close to the beach. In the winter it was hell with the storms coming straight off the sea.

Friday was the first time I had been able to photograph a Great Spotted Woodpecker in our garden. Its previous two fleeting visits were only to reconnoitre our bird feeding facilities. Unfortunately the wind was breezy and blowing the feeder so the focus is not as sharp as I would like it. If I get another opportunity, I hope he returns on a calmer day, I'll aim for better focus.

This is my first experiment of low light photography with vehicle trails. It shows the square of houses opposite my house. Living in a quiet village means there is a lack of a volume of traffic but I'm pleased with the result. The vehicle entering the square has left a trail of its rear, left indicator and forward lights; plus the headlights of two cars going up the road are shown.

It has been nearly a month since I last showed you a photograph of Mrs. Blackbird so I hope you wont mind seeing this one as I think it is a lovely image of her perched on one of her favourite spots.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my efforts for this week's show. If you want to see any of them in more detail just click on the image.

© Elliot Sampford

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