This blog (4) – the photographers

Peter Cairns: has had plenty opf his images used on this blog in a guest blog, in other people’s press releases, in news about SCOTLAND: the Big Picture but also this image of a damaged landscape which I have used many, many times. Thank you Peter.

Donside April 2014

Oscar Dewhurst: Oscar Dewhurst was 18 when he started providing photographs for this blog in late 2013 – and he carried on through to early 2018. Oscar’s images were taken in Richmond Park, Minsmere and at various spots around the world providing a great variety. Here are a couple of examples of his images with links to the accompanying words.

Guy Shorrock: Guy works for the RSPB Investigations team and has provided a bunch of photographs of wildlife from the UK and far away for this blog, such as the Musk Ox below. They’ve been great but Guy has also had the knack of taking the best images of Hen Harrier days over the years including the one below from the very first Hen Harrier Day at the Derwent Dam in the Peak District in August in 2014 when it was a bit wet.

Paul Leyland: Paul’s images of invertebrates have adorned this blog since September 2017 with periods of hibernation. They have helped to educate me on what is often under my nose in my own garden. Just about all of the images were taken in Yorkshire, and most were recent. Here are a couple of examples;

Gordon Yates: Gordon has provided many images of wildlife for this blog but he is an acknowledged expert in photographing Hen Harriers and I have used many of his images over the years. These two in particular are simply amazing.

Tim Melling: Tim is yet another former RSPB colleague but I didn’t spend that much time with him when we were working as I was based at The Lodge and spent quite a lot of my time wearing a suit in London and Tim was simply larking about in the hills of northern England. Well, that’s what I imagined anyway. But Tim has been providing images and the accompanying words for this blog since 2012. He is well-travelled as a tour guide (though not much recently) and his images have come from close to his home near the Peak District and from most continents for this blog.

I’ll post a bunch of Tim’s photographs of rare birds tomorrow and another couple before this blog goes on sabbatical/aestivation/sleep on Wednesday. I’m immensely grateful to Tim for providing images and words but also for encouraging me to use, freely, any of his images for my blog posts. They have been a marvellous asset. Thank you Tim!

But here are just three of Tim’s many images and I have deliberately chosen non-birds.

Count the legs – Duke of Burgundy
The rare and beautiful Netted Carpet moth
Wolf in Sichuan

Sarah Hanson: I’d used this image quite a lot before I realised whose it was and I am very grateful to Sarah for allowing me to use this image of Walshaw Moor.

Thank you to all the photographers who have contributed to this blog. I’m a words person, but a picture often speaks volumes.


4 Replies to “This blog (4) – the photographers”

  1. Photography gripes.

    The first of the images you present from Gordon Yates is very-much oversharpened. The halos in the image are very obvious. The original image may have been more blury, hence the over-sharpening.

    Call me hyper-critical if you like.

    Good subject matter, poor image.

    And I’m sure Ansell Adams has a relevant quote. Something like “Every photograph has two people: the photographer and the viewer”

  2. Thank you to all the wonderful photographers. I can’t think of one photo I didn’t love. I will really miss your contributions.

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