Saturday, 30 January 2010

Oyster Catcher in Flight

Oyster Catcher in Flight, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Very happy with the performance of the 5D MKII focusing with the Sigma 150-500mm in OS2 mode.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 500 mm
ISO: 640

Allium Seed Head

Allium Seed Head, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

I was worried that the 5D MKII wouldn't be a good combination with the Sigma 105mm Macro lens. But I think this one shows that it is a good combo.

Seed Heads

Seed Heads, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Taken this morning, applied some filters in CS4 to give it a warm feeling, but it was very cold outside!!


Berry, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Another shot from this morning.


Lichen, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

The sun is out today, so out in the garden this morning taking some shots with the Canon 5D MKII and the Sigma 105mm Macro lens.
Very cold outside, still in the minus figures at 9.30am.

Thursday, 28 January 2010


Forest, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Taken with the Canon 5D MK II. Astonished with the detail the camera can capture.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Old Shed

Old Shed, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Another shot from the 5D MKII, amazed how it performs under mediocre light conditions. This shot was on a cloudy dull day, but the high ISO performance is just stunning.


Water, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

One of the first shots from my new Canon 5D MKII.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

New kit.

Well much to my surprise, I was given a Canon 5D Mark II for my birthday present this year. I truly was a complete surprise, and I am overjoyed.
As the weather has been crap, I haven't managed to get any shots with it yet, but as soon as I do I will post them up on here.

Blue Tit

Blue Tit, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Come on, who doesn't like the cute little birds. At Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve, they have a feeding station outside the visitor centre, so they Blue Tit's and Great Tit's are used to people walking around. So it is possible to get very close to the birds.
This little bird was very interested in me, and was great that he looked straight at the camera.

Flock of Sanderlings

Flock-of-Sanderlings, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

This was a lucky shot. I saw this flock taking off from the shoreline. I quickly changed the OS mode on the Sigma 150-500mm lens to OS2 which is the setting for panning and moving, hit the AI Focus on the Canon and fired off about 5 shots.

Lucky? I'll let you be the judge. :-)

Grey Plover

Grey Plover, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Taken at Fingringhoe Wick Nature reserve. This was the only Grey Plover that we saw this afternoon. We arrived before high tide, so that we could see the birds being pushed to the shoreline.

Friday, 1 January 2010


Turnstone, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Yes the return of the Turnstone's. They seem very plentyful on Mersea Island and this one was very obliging with having it's photograph taken.

It was actually running past me, but was a little to fast for me to react to.


Teal, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

This is the only Teal we saw today, he was hanging around with a big group of Widgeons

Lucky to get the shot of the Teal, as about a minutes after taking this shot it flew off.

Dog Portrait

Dog Portrait, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

I saw someone's dog running around Cudmore Grove today, I thought I would grab a couple of shots.

I little crop in Photoshop and a little boost to the colour is all the processing I did on this one. Pretty happy with the results.