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A Young Wildlife and Landscape Photographer from the UK :)
Occupation: Wildlife And Landscape Photographer Based In The UK. I’ve been doing wildlife photography for about 4 years now and have loved every second. I started loving wildlife since the day I was born, brought
Location: Ayr, Scotland
Cream of the Crop: 04/17/2012
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2013-06-18 11:20:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)
Eider Duck In Iceland
There were quite a few Eider ducks on the Jokulsarlon Lagoon while we were in Iceland, making their distinct and comical call that you can instantly tell is an Eider. I didn't have a super-telephoto lens with me during my visit to Iceland but at 300mm I feel showing the environment that these ducks are in is much more pleasing.
2013-06-14 07:32:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
CoOrdinate Gear Video Launch & 15% OFF Promotion
CoOrdinate Gear have launched a range of new videos to promote their different bags and to celebrate my readers will receive a 15% off voucher when purchasing their products (Deal finishes on the 16th of June). They have also announced a great promotion deal which they call THE CORE set which includes the PIONEER, EDITOR & SCOUT bags which would usually cost £247 but they’re selling them for the great price of £179 and if you purchase them with my discount code you will be getting all this for £152.15!! This deal does not include the RANGER camera bag.
2013-06-13 20:13:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)
This is no ordinary Puffin, this is an Icelandic Puffin! You have read that in the voice from the Marks & Spencer advert for a better effect.
This shot was taken on a small spit of land called Ingolfshofdi, we arrived there at around 7am so the sun was still quite low in the sky for some nice side-lit Puffins.
View On 500px: http://500px.com/photo/37501296
2013-06-10 08:05:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
New Video Review: CoOrdinate Gear Camera Bag
In this review I take a look at CoOrdinate Gear's bag system that I've been using for last month to see how well it suits the needs of a nature photographer. There are many combinations of bags you can choose from which you can see on their website: http://www.coordinategear.com/
But in this review I will be talking about my setup and how it works for me. The system I use comprises of 3 bags:
A backpack small enough for everyday commuting or a day out but still large enough to use as a cabin hand luggage backpack and carry all the equipment you will need for a getaway. You can increase the volume of the bag by attaching other modules to it. As cabin hand luggage the PIONEER has a perfect carry on luggage laptop compartment with easy access for the security checks.
The... more »
2013-06-10 07:35:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)
After spending 20 minutes crawling on wet mossy ground, I eventually got extremely close to this Icelandic Ptarmigan where he then relaxed to my presence and I was able to get some lovely close-up shots of him. You can just about see my shadow in the birds eye!
2013-06-09 09:27:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)
I thought I'd upload this really nice image one of the photographers got of me while we were photographing large chunks of ice that had been washed up onto the beach from the Jökulsárlón lagoon in Iceland.
My Stealth Gear clothing worked brilliantly in the cold and warm conditions, a great all-round coat! I will be uploading my review in the next week.
Image by Katherine Kramer
2013-06-09 09:25:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)
A Great Skua comes aggressively into land on Ingolfshofdi, an isolated spit of land located between Vatnojokull National Park and Jökulsárlón lagoon. It's a haven for bird life, especially Puffins, Guillemots, Fulmars and Great Skuas.
I have quite a lot of shots from this day so in the next week or so I'll be writing a full blog on the wildlife I photographed during my day there.
2013-06-04 08:26:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)
Icelandic Journals: Part 2. In this blog post I talk about my journey through the South of Iceland and its many waterfalls and glaciers! Read the blog to find out more.
Skógafoss was by far my favourite waterfall of the trip, I've never seen a waterfall as big as Skógafoss. I've got many more images to show from here and a few shots really show why they believe in trolls and fairies.
2013-05-19 23:55:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
New Blog Post:
Icelandic Journals: Part 1
Read about my adventure so far :)
2013-05-19 18:48:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)
Icelandic Journals: Part 1
In this blog post I talk about my first few days in Iceland and I've even uploaded a brand new shot of the Viking boat sculpture known as Solfar that was taken last night. Read the blog to find out more.
2013-05-18 11:44:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)
The weather was a little dull this morning in Reykjavik but I stayed positive as you can get some dramatic shots on dull days... #iceland #reykjavik #sunvoyager #sólfar #66North #landscape #photography #nikond800
2013-05-12 18:05:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)
BTS shot from the other night when I went to test out the D800 at my local harbour. :)
2013-05-12 07:11:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)
The Approaching Storm
I'm not sure if I like this shot but I do really like the aggressive clouds as they came closer towards me and yes it started to pour down with rain around 15 minutes after I took this shot.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 5 seconds @ f/5.6, ISO 100, Hitech 0.9 Grad ND Filter.
2013-05-11 08:19:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)
First Shots With The Nikon D800
When I came home to find that my new Nikon D800 and 14-24mm had arrived I couldn't just sit there and look at the box, I wanted to get outside with it! Batteries charged I headed to the pier in Ayr which is very close to where I live and hoped I could get a couple shots. A heavy storm had just passed through so there were some dramatic and ominous clouds in air which added a bit of drama to the images.
Using the Lucroit filter holder and Hitech filters I was able to control my exposure as using filters with the 14-24mm can be quite difficult but not with this holder!
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 1.3 seconds @ f/22, ISO 100, Hitech 0.9 Hard Edge Filter.
2013-05-01 21:34:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)
Lighthouse - 16 x 9 Photo Series
While out playing with some new filters yesterday I decided I wanted to do a new photo series of images that fit a style that I've never tried before. Having the ability to use a 10-Stop Hitech filter I can try different techniques by shooting very long exposures which can make for some very interesting effects.
The series will be called 16 x 9 and as you can tell by the name all the images will have an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 but they will also be in black & white with very long exposures from around 2 minutes and longer.
Here is the first shot of the series taken last night at my local harbour in Ayr, there is a small lighthouse at the end of the pier and I felt it would make sure a great image having the clouds fly by above.
Nikon D3 @ 24mm, Hitech 10-Stop Filter, 5 minute exposure @ f/22, ISO 100, -1/3 EV
2013-04-25 16:19:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)
Looking To Arran
A few things to announce today. I have redesigned my website by introducing a new logo and colour theme as I felt my last theme didn't work that well. I think it looks ten times better than before and I'm really pleased with it.
I've been asked to write an article for *Outdoor Photography magazine which is a huge honour and I hope I can write something that you'll all enjoy!
I'm also proud to announce that I've been sponsored by Coordinate Gear they make some amazing backpacks for photographers so you should check them out! I'll be helping test new products making sure they fit the photographers needs. I'll also be reviewing there bags so you can see them work in the field and understand the product more.
Keep an eye on here and my website for updates. www.kirknorburyphoto.com :)
The... more »
2013-04-25 16:17:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)
As you may tell I've changed my borders slightly that I export my images with, a lot of fiddling around in Lightroom to get them to work at different pixel sizes but I've now finished (thank god!). So here's a shot from inside the Galloway Forest of one of the many Burns that run through the forest.
2013-03-18 10:20:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)
Black Grouse Project: Part II
Here is my second blog post on my work with the Black Grouse of the Galloway Hills. This was my best shot of the 2 days out there, the morning light lit up the blackcock and the snowy hill beautifully.
Read The Blog Here: http://bit.ly/142WoRg
2013-02-27 09:18:47 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)
Two Little Grebes
I like having distracting elements in my photography, things that may camouflage the subject from view and make for an interesting composition. Due to overhanging branches on the bank of the River Doon these two Little Grebes were using them for cover to keep out of sight, I think this type of shot helps show the habitat that they live in.
2013-02-27 09:17:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
A few weeks ago you may remember me saying that I had a 6 page article in DSLR Magazine about my work, well here it is! :D
2013-02-27 09:16:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
New Review: Wildlife Watching Supplies Bag Hide
In this review I take a look at Wildlife Watching Supplies Throw-Over bag hide for wildlife photographers.
Read It Here: http://bit.ly/YymtUh
Youtube Video: Review: Wildlife Watching Supplies Photography Bag Hide
2013-02-27 09:14:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
Here's another shot but this time of a Great Tit from my garden bird session in the snow the other week.
2013-02-25 16:13:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
2013-02-24 23:02:47 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)
It's 11pm and I've just finished reviewing and submitting my images for this years Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition, this year is definitely my strongest submission yet! Fingers crossed I get into the final.
In other news I've nearly finished editing my garden bird shots I took the other week. This one is of a Blue Tit hanging on for dear life while it snowed.
2013-02-26 04:04:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
2013-02-19 15:21:53 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)
This is the last Amur Leopard shot I'll be posting from my visit to Edinburgh Zoo. With only around 35 left in the wild, the Amur leopard is considered the world’s most endangered cat.
Make sure to read my blog post: http://bit.ly/12RLI3a
2013-02-18 16:19:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)
Here's another shot of the Amur Leopard at Edinburgh Zoo, I decided that this shot looked a lot better in black & white than in colour.
Make Sure To Read The Blog Post: http://bit.ly/12RLI3a
2013-02-18 09:58:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)
New Blog Post: My girlfriend and I decided to spend Valentines Day at Edinburgh Zoo as we had been putting it off for awhile due to bad weather and we wanted to make the most out of going there. One of the main reasons we were going was to see the Giant Pandas as we never see one again and saying Rachael “really likes them” is putting it mildly! But what I didn't expect was to fall in love with one of the rarest Big Cats in the world!...
Read The Rest Of The Blog Here: http://bit.ly/12RLI3a
2013-02-16 14:37:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)
I had some prints arrive today for a client, it's the first time I've printed my images this size and I must say they look great!
If you would like a print like this then make sure to check out my Image Library for more of my work: www.kirknorburyphoto.photoshelter.com
2013-02-13 10:45:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)
Purchase This Image As A Print: http://bit.ly/Y8dV28
As well as testing out the clothing for Stealth Gear I'm also reviewing there Cokin P filter system. When photographing landscapes I always try have at least one filter in front of my lens but I've never been able to use them properly as I could never afford high-quality filters. So using these filters I'm able to try new techniques that I've not done before.
This shot was taken deep in the Galloway Forest while I was trying to find somewhere to photograph the distant mountain range, the light was fading quickly and then I came across this Burn which had some really nice textures on the rocks. I used a Circular Polarizer and a ND2 filter to get a long exposure.
2013-02-12 10:17:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)
I spent the last few days in the Galloway Forest, the weather wasn't really on my side and I didn't have much luck photographing wildlife. On one of the days it snowed all day but it didn't seem to stick anywhere except up on the hills so I used this opportunity to photograph the garden birds at my parents house.
This Nuthatch turned up for about 5 minutes before disappearing again but I was able to get a few shots of him on this fence post which was nice.
2013-02-09 08:52:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)
The Three Kings
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
With the recent success of my starscape photographs in the papers I thought I would edit a few shots taken back in December.
The moon light can have some dramatic effects on the landscape when in the right phase/position. It confuses the mind and makes you believe this shot was taken in the day-time but were actually taken at 12am.
The Three Kings or most commonly known as Orion's Belt can be seen in the top left of the image incase you were wondering about the image title.
2013-02-08 09:01:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)
Continuing on the theme of photographing animals at zoo's or conservation parks here's a shot of a Ring-Tailed Lemur photographed at South Lakes Animal Park in Cumbria where these Lemurs go wherever they like! :)
Make sure to check out my blog post on this matter... http://bit.ly/WUVXB4
2013-02-06 11:01:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
New Blog Post
2013-02-06 08:29:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
I'm very proud to annouce that I have been sponsored by Stealth Gear Worldwide, I feel truly honoured to be given this opportunity to help review, test and get involved with the products that this great company make!
Check out my profile page on their website...
2013-02-06 08:22:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)
My editing skills are vastly improving, looking back at images I took over a year ago I can't understand why I didn't even try to process them but at that time I probably couldn't see the potential of shots like I do now. This is very different to what I usually do but you have to love a high-key shot! :)
2013-02-05 08:19:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)
This week I was able to pick up my local newspaper: The Ayrshire Post and turn a few pages to find a really nice 2 page spread about me and my work. Ayrshire is an amazing area for wildlife, 70% of the images on my Facebook page taken in the last year were taken 10-30 minutes from where I live in Ayr!
Every town has its hidden gems of natural beauty, they just need to discovered, documented and shared with the world!
I'd just like to thank the Ayrshire Post for including my work in their newspaper :)
2013-02-05 08:14:39 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)
I'm currently reviewing a ND filter made by Light Craft Workshop so lately I've been doing a bit more landscape photography around so here's one of Greenan Castle on the outskirts of Ayr.
Gear Used: Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120mm, ND Filter, Gitzo GT3541LS, Vanguard Ballhead.
2013-02-01 17:18:15 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)
Back-Lit Whooper Swan
WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire
Today has had its ups and downs but I want to end the week on an up as overall I've had a very productive week, with new business opportunities and also a lot of work with a few photography magazines which has been great. Also, my work was published in the local paper which was really nice to see.
Have a great weekend everyone! :)
P.S. If you'd like this image as print, just send me a message.
2013-01-28 09:46:56 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)
Calming Of The Senses
One of my New Year resolutions was to spend more time doing landscape photography as I felt I didn't do enough last year. So I spent 6 hours at my local beach photographing the setting sun and trying to see if I could still do it.
Gear Used: Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120mm, Light Craft Workshop Fader Filter and A Cokin Grad ND.
2013-01-25 17:48:26 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)
Short Eared Owl
And now for something different...
I miss photographing Short Eared Owls but it's nice to re-edit old shots and give them new life!
2013-01-22 20:44:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)
Star Trail Over Greenan Castle
I didn't think I'd get a chance to photograph the night sky while I was out with the camera this evening but I'm glad I stayed the extra few hours to get this shot of Greenan Castle. This photograph might look very nice on my wall... or yours ;)
2013-01-22 13:04:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)
River Doon, Scotland
Another shot of the Red-Breasted Merganser that I photographed on my local river the other day.
To change things up a little bit, I'm now adding borders to my images when I post them online as I think it looks a bit smarter :)
2013-01-21 20:03:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)
River Doon, Scotland
I thought I'd upload a teaser shot for my new and upcoming website series: "Visual Stories"
Where after 1 year of documenting a family of Mute Swans from when the Mother had her chicks waddling around her to when they had grown to adolescent teenagers.
Make sure to check my website in the next few weeks for the full story...
View On 500px: http://500px.com/photo/23776227
2013-01-20 08:36:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)
Galloway Forest, Scotland
You just cannot beat a Robin in snowy conditions, it's one of those easy shots that we all want to take as soon as we see the little guy hopping around in the snow.
Nikon D3 | Nikon 600mm f/4 | Wimberley Sidemount
2013-01-19 08:52:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)
Another Goldeneye from the other day, except this one is in a lot better light!
2013-01-18 11:06:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)
A displaying male Goldeneye photographed on the River Doon near Ayr. I wished for better light but it never came and the water was a little choppy so at times he'd disappear behind a wave.
Nikon D3 | Nikon 600mm f/4 | Gitzo GT3541L
2013-01-18 08:06:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)
Look at these incredible macro snowflake images by Don Komarechka
2013-01-17 14:26:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)
Here's a shot from this morning. A couple of Rooks were feeding on a patch of grass at Doonfoot so I tried to sneak up to one of them for a closer shot.
Nikon D3 | Nikon 600mm f/4 | Gitzo 3541LS
2013-01-16 10:16:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
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