Eyebrowed Thrush photo makes Birdguides weekly review

Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter where you are you should always have your camera handy! The Eyebrowed Thrush – a last minute dash over to Cadiz to twitch this bird after hearing about it during lunch on the 24th February paid off nicely. The fourth record for Spain though two of those had been recorded as dead birds during Song Thrush hunting (yes, I know, I also wonder what the heck is the point of shooting Song thrushes??).

The bird was very confiding and seemingly not put off by the canoodling couple on a bench nearby (who likewise didn’t seemed put off by us birders hanging around with our bins and cameras). As there is a plentiful supply of food in the form of olives on the trees and a nice water fountain the bird might hang around a little longer…

Click here for the full Birdguides weekly review – scroll down there for the write up on the thrush in the Western Palearctic news.

eyebrowed thrush - cadiz - spain - bird photography - rarity - 2018

eyebrowed thrush - cadiz - spain - bird photography - rarity - 2018

eyebrowed thrush - cadiz - spain - bird photography - rarity - 2018

Sticky post – Annual break

Just to let you know that I will be away during February and March 2018 as i’m heading down to Southern Spain on my annual break. following that I have some family commitments on the mainland. Any orders placed via the website are unlikely to be fulfilled until I return mid April.

I shall be taking photographs daily for my 2018 Photo365 Project which I will update weekly on here and I will no doubt (depending on the internet situation) Tweet some of my favourites – i will also be adding images now and again to Instagram.

My 2018 mobile phone Photo365 Project

My Twitter feed

My Instagram

2018 Plans – New Project!

For quite some time now i’ve been wanting to do a Photo a Day project. I’ve now decided that 2018 will be the year! How exciting. Though I am trying not to underestimate what an undertaking this will be in terms of commitment…

To make things a little easier on myself there won’t be any hard and fast rules apart from the daily photo will be taken with my mobile phone (an iPhone 6 a great phone and very good camera, i’ve had mine since 2015 but they are not available new any more sadly but available fully refurbished from Amazon). I’ve decided to go with my mobile as a means of taking my daily photos as I always have it with me, I don’t want to have to be constantly carrying around bulky camera equipment.

I’ve decided on weekly theme’s to give me some purpose as I go along – I thought that this would help with motivation. I’m also hoping that I can experiment with digital image-making as I go along – perhaps trying out techniques for bigger works.

I’m going to have 13 weekly themes – enough for a quarter of the year. Each set of 13 themes will then get repeated.

I have also decided that I would like a “physical” element to this project so I will also be printing out each daily photo using my Instax SP-2 printer that I bought earlier this month. This prints out from an app on my iPhone or iPad, it doesn’t use ink but uses special paper that is exposed much in the way that the old Polaroid film was. The paper is quite small, approx 85mm x 55mm with a photo area of approx 62mm x 45mm. I’ve been quite happy with the print quality so far, perhaps a little contrasty but I think it’ll be ideal for my project.

All of the prints will be popped into my sketchbook along with a little writing about my day. By my reckoning I will need two sketchbook (see below for the type I will be using). When Jane and I have our exhibition in May 2018 I will be five months into the project and will leave the book on our display table for visitors to have a look through.

See more information about the products I will be using and also to buy on Amazon UK:-

Instax Share SP2 Printer

(note that there is now also a newer model out, the Instax Share SP-3 Printer)

Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 20 shots

though for my project I have now bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 100 shots pack to get me started.

The sketchbook I will be using for my journal is the square, black Seawhite 140mm x 140mm 140gsm artist’s sketchbook I have bought two of these and using a page a day I reckon each one should last me 6 months.

Instax SP2 mini printer - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - photo365 project

 

 

Fujifilm Instant Film - photo365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting

 

Askernish Open Golf Shopping Experience

To coincide with the Askernish Open Golf Tournament the Askernish Shopping Experience will take place on Saturday 26th August from 10am to 4pm – at the golf course, Askernish, South Uist.

I have a table booked and will have a variety of items for sale including cards, prints, postcards, knitwear and crochet plus hand-painted silk scarves.

Drop by my table to say hi and have a chat!

July – Away on course

Just a reminder that any orders placed via the online shop during the period 8th July to 15th July 2017 will not be dispatched until Monday the 17th July when I return from the Bridge House Art Summers School, week long course Tidelines: Experimental Printmaking I’m really looking forward to the week, the tutor is the fabulous Kittie Jones – who was tutoring on the Seabird Drawing Week that I participated in recently.

Apologies for any inconvenience. I should be able to check my emails while i’m away though I will be out working in the field for 8+ hours a day – If you email I will get back to you as soon as I can!

 

Seabird Drawing with the SWLA

I now have a week and a bit to catch up on things before heading off to the mainland on the 16th June for the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) Seabird Drawing. I’ll be based at Aberlady Bay and am looking forward to working with some of my very favourite artists: Kittie Jones, Greg Poole, Darren Woodhead and Kim Atkinson. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about going on this course (excited and terrified at the same time haha!). It will be a very intensive week as there will probably be 8 hours a day in the field and then evening sessions back at base but I know that I will learn a massive amount.

So, watch this space for how I get along, I hope to upload some of my field sketches and photos from the trip – hopefully the sea will be calm for the trip out to the Bass Rock!