Northumberlandia in the snow

Greetings from inside the belly of the beast!

As the Beast from the East is currently tearing through the country, and everyone is no doubt huddling around the fireplace drinking Horlicks, I thought I’d post a couple of new photos.

I got caught up in the storm yesterday and only managed to get a couple of decent images before I was forced to head back to the car and warm up a bit!

First up –

Northumberlandia covered in snow during the storm the Beast from the East

I’ve photographed Northumberlandia a few times now (see The Lady in the Lake) but I’ve always wanted to capture her draped in snow. The original plan was to set up for a sweeping panorama of the Lady, however the Beast was having none of it; leaving me to capture a more intimate shot of her face and her giant bosom.

I’m not a huge wildlife photographer if I’m honest; I prefer to photograph domesticated animals that are more prone to listen to commands such as “this way boy” and “get out of my camera bag you daft horse!”

I do, however, always try to be prepared in case a wild animal decides to show itself when I’m out on a shoot – a habit I picked up after being caught out when a Deer walked out in front of me a few years back. I tried my hardest to stay completely still while changing my lens and trying to change my settings, all the time my eyes never leaving Bambi’s, which (in my mind, anyway) were mocking me with the knowledge that, as soon as I was about ready to take my shot, it was going to turn tail and run.

Which, of course, it did.

From that day on, whenever I leave a shoot and head back to the car, I change to a longer lens; at least a 300mm, and dial in at least 1/500 shutter speed.

Just in case.

It paid off this time, as I managed to capture a great shot of a Robin sitting on a branch.

I know.

Hardly an endangered or exotic animal, but to someone who rarely captures wildlife, I think it’s a good start.

Don’t worry, I’ll be in the Himalayas searching for Yeti’s soon enough…

That’s it for today; stay safe and warm if you’re heading out into the Beast from the East, and don’t forget to let me know what you think of these images.

I’m off to warm up by the fire with a steaming-hot bowl of venison stew.

Let that be a lesson Bambi…



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