In flight

I’d had one of those mornings[1], so it was a Good Thing that I had my camera with me and it was a nice day, as I really needed to get all that nasty work stuff off my mind for a while.

So I had a bit of a wander, ending up at the Quayside. Just for fun, I went out with my 100mm macro lens. Using a prime lens[2] makes a photo session a slightly different experience. You have to make a little more effort to get yourself in the right place to take the picture you’re after, and have to think a little more about what you can and can’t do. This is quite healthy, really – I find it encourages me to try to get better pictures, which is what it’s all about. Well, relaxing and doing something that doesn’t involve answering the phone or beating up computers for a while it what it’s really all about, but the getting better at it thingy is in there somewhere.

Anyway, I took plenty of pictures, some of which are usable, some aren’t, and others may need more work before I decide if they’re usable or not. A lot of the pictures involved the birds which were swooping over the river. I think this is a kittiwake – they nest under the Tyne Bridge and generally hang around between the bridges. They were moving quite fast, and without the convenience of a zoom lens, I had to keep trying to catch one[3]. But my persistence finally paid off. Well, I think it did, anyway. This shows the bird flying in front of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, and I’ve caught some nice detail.

In flight

In flight

One of the many kittiwakes[1] seen on the Tyne at lunchtime.

More pictures later. Maybe even later today, if I don’t run out of tuits.

[1] Installing a new server turned out to be more “interesting” than normal. I ended up bouncing the thing so many times, I came close to naming it “Tigger”, even though that wouldn’t have fitted in with our naming convention…
[2] One that has a fixed focal length, rather than a zoom lens that covers a range of focal lengths
[3] I do have some nicely blurred birds :cheesy: