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The Right Place at the Right Time

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The price of being in the right place at the right time is being in the wrong place at the wrong time, hundreds of times. On occasions, everything comes together, making photographs stand out. It's not about "having a good camera" or pressing a button. Anyone can kick a football, but If I exchanged my camera for a pair of boots and ran out onto the pitch, the team wouldn't keep a clean sheet for very long.  I've been thinking about posting my stand-out photos on one page for some time now, but the time hasn't been right, until now. Late summer and early autumn is not a very productive time for wildlife photographers. The growing season is finished; high vegetation obscures small mammals from view. Until the appearance of brilliant colours and starling murmurations in late autumn, my choices will be limited. I hope you will join me in looking back at some of my better photographs taken over the last few years.

My Secret Garden

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After twice borrowing the Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, I can now count myself as the proud owner of my very own copy. Owners can save a lot of money through non-renewal of gym memberships, as heavyweight lenses paired with camera bodies help build muscle strength and aid cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, high quality professional telephoto lenses cost a lot of money, due to expensive materials and lengthy production . With UK interest rates being so low, having the odd £5000 knocking about in a shoebox can be put to better use by purchasing an L-series telephoto lens. In three years, if looked after well, it will be worth £6000.  All lenses I use front-focus on my Canon EOS-1Ds MKIII body. The 500mm lens had to be set forward by +7 points to achieve correct focus. Stability and manoeuvrability is provided by a Gimbal head mounted on a professional monopod. I need a lens capable of achieving sharp focus first time, because shy wild animals do not allow second chances. The Can