Garth Peacock
Still testing the Canon R5


What a week for good weather.

Saturday 22nd January 2022

The beginning of a new year

Friday 14th January 2022

Final post for 2021

Friday 31st December 2021

Lakenheath Fen RSPB Suffolk

Monday 13th December 2021

Still testing the Canon R5

Monday 6th December 2021

Nothing to report

Tuesday 30th November 2021

Further testing of the Canon R5

Monday 8th November 2021

Test driving the Canon R5

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

No photos

Sunday 24th October 2021

Two Norfolk Reserves

Saturday 9th October 2021

Two weeks of - well - not very much

Thursday 23rd September 2021

September to date.

Friday 10th September 2021

Back again

Wednesday 18th August 2021

Not everything goes to plan

Tuesday 13th July 2021

East Yorkshire Day 4

Sunday 11th July 2021

East Yorkshire Day 3

Saturday 10th July 2021

East Yorkshire Day 2

Friday 9th July 2021

East Yorkshire Day 1

Thursday 8th July 2021

A different experience

Monday 7th June 2021

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Monday 6th December 2021

Luck has definitely not been on my side for photography recently. Whenever there has been a decent days weather, I have been otherwise engaged - must get my priorities sorted out.

Anyway, I had a few hours spare last Thursday, 2nd December so I decided to revisit Welney WWT to try out some new settings on the R5. While I did not expect any photos of earth-shattering excitement, I knew that there would be birds there able to be photographed.

Several things have happened since my last update which was nearly a month ago. Firstly, I have had an update to Lightroom which now claims to be colour supported by Canon. Secondly. I took a deal from Topaz to get three of their software bundles at a Black Friday price which as the same price as just one previously - Topaz Denoise, Topaz Sharpening and Topax Gigapixel, all successfully plugged in to Lightroom amd Elements which are my preferred editing programmes. All I needed was some photos to try it out with the revised camera settings.

So here we go. The usual Pochard were in evidence.

A few pairs of Shovellers were circling around each other. At first I thought this was a mating ritual but in the end decided that they working together to stir up the underwater mud for food.

Whooper Swans were also in evidence but I already have loads of photos from previous visits but was tempted by a pair fighting on the far side of the scrape.

The flock of Wigeon were frequently disturbed to take flight although I never saw a raptor causing the disturbance.

and finally, two Mallard drakes decided to take a dislike to each other.

With the light disappearing, I left the reserve and drove north for a couple of miles but the only bird worth photographing was a male Pheasant in the evening light. Yes, I know they are boring birds, rarely seeming to do anything interesting, but I like the colours of the background contrasting with the plumage.

The overall result - I am happy that the camera suits my purpose and the software is now also working satisfactorily. Some photos were taken with the Canon EF 500 f4 lens and a 2x converter and some with the Canon EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6 lens with a 1.4 converter. I am happy with both.

Now, all I want is a good day's weather and something really interesting to fill the R5's viewfinder.