Photo Project 365 – Week 6 – February 2018

This week’s project is Abstract

I wasn’t too sure what I would do for abstract. I mean, what is abstract? What does that actually mean? I have to say though that I have really enjoyed this week it has given me the opportunity to be a little experimental and imaginative. See what you think…

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36/365 Hob
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
37/365 Cactus
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38/365 Bowls
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
39/365 Picnic under the pine tree (aka brocolli tree, our rather silly name for it)
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
40/365 Firewood. Lena in spanish though it should have a little squiggle over the n which I can’t seem to be able to do on my laptop…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
41/365 Shadows. My favourite of all my photos this week. It looks so much like piano keys. The music was provided by the birds.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
42/365 Fence posts. Way out and whacky! Love spanish fence posts though they are so randomly shaped. No uniformity for them.

My iPad which I love!!

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 am 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.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

 

Photo Project 365 – Week 5 – January and February 2018

This week’s theme is Creative

A full month now done and it hasn’t seemed to onerous. There has been the odd day when i’ve got side-tracked and almost not taken a photo creating a bit of an oops moment and last minute panic. So, onwards to the next month. Travelled to Spain on the Portmouth -> Santander ferry this week (thankfully calm!), three nights while travelling then arrived at the final destination, in southern Andalusia, on Saturday afternoon.

Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
29/365 Sara gave mum and me some lovely daffs, they are now fully out in flower.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
30/365 View from my porthole. Sailed from Portsmouth early in the morning. Thankfully calm! Nothing much to see out there though…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
31/365 View from my porthole 2. Arriving in Santander. Blue sky, sunshine but a cool wind. Looks fabulous though!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
32/365 Monfrague national park. Wonderful birds – lots of vultures. Collecting textures to use in my artwork. Shadow selfie.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
33/365 Exploring Extremadura. Looking for bustards and sand grouse. Fabulous sunny Spain!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
34/365 Arrived in southern Spain. Warm enough to sit out on the terrace for beer o’clock! View to the sea and salinas. Very happy.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
35/365 Late afternoon sunshine on the terrace.

This week, for my project, I have been using:-

My iPad which I love!!

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 am 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.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

Arriving and getting settled

Our first full day down south here in Andalusia. Had a ride around at La Janda and then later on at Barbate.

There are still plenty of Cranes at La Janda plus a Black Stork.  I’ll just let the photos tell the story…

Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Bird Photography - Spain - Little Owl - La Janda
Little Owl
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Black Stork
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Common Cranes

And at Barbate

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Audouin’s Gulls – Barbate
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Chiffchaff

People often ask me what bird field guide do I use in Spain, well, I use the same one that I use for the UK, which is, in my opinion the best of all for Europe.


I usually carry the paperback version with me while out and about and have the hardback at home.

I also have this one though these days I pretty much know where to go and I have my own personal favourite spots

My equipment for bird photography: Canon 1DX Mk.II with 600mm lens and Canon 2x Extender

The compact flash card I use is this one, the Sandisk Extreme Pro, and I like it a lot, I have no problems with it buffering

Photo Project 365 – Week 4 – January 2018

Cold and very wintry here in Shropshire!

This week’s them is Nature

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22/365 Lesser Redpoll
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
23/365 Fungus growing in mum and dad’s garden
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
24/365 Snowdrops -sign of Spring?? I live in hope…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
25/365 Tree with moon behind. Taken from Sainsburry’s car park. There were some Jackdaws going to roost – mobile phones are not so good at taking birds in flight then…
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26/365 Lovely to be seeing Sid most days – he changes so quickly!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
27/365 Kat was visiting this afternoon – so busy chatting I almost forgot to take a photo for today. Managed to grab this sunset. Added my own nature…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
28/365 Hazel catkin. A lovely day we visited Sid and all went out for lunch in Ironbridge – we even sat outside as we had Benson the dog with us.

This week, for my project, I have been using:-

My iPad which I love!!

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 am 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.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

Photo Project 365 – Week 3 – January 2018

This week’s theme is Black and White – I love B&W photography so have been looking forward to this week and seeing what I can do…

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15/365 Costa, i’ve been heading there most afternoons to do a little creative thinking and planning
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16/365 Sid, now 12 days old. So gorgeous. Oops the watermark doesn’t look so good there though…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
17/365 The photo I took today I wasn’t at all happy with so i’ve re-worked an old one. This is the Col de Ibaneta in the Pyrenees, taken with my phone 2 years ago.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
18/365 Birmingham New Street station. Returned the hire car that i’ve had for the last couple of weeks and got the train back to Telford.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
19/365 The avenue of Lime trees in the village where mum and dad live.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
20/365 the Sitting Tree. Wonderful Cedar of Lebanon tree in the village where I grew up. Called the sitting tree as we (me and my cousins) used to sit here with my grandmother. It was snowing today and looks very atmospheric.
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21/365 Still snowing today! Drove up to see wee Sid in the afternoon.

This week, for my project, I have been using:-

My iPad which I love!!

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 am 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.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

Photo Project 365 – Week 2 – January 2018

So i’m down in Shropshire, lovely to be spending time with all of the family. I think that they all think i’m a bit bonkers doing this project but it’s a lot of fun so far.

This week’s theme for my project is: Close Up

Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
8/365 Clematis tangutica, growing in mum and dad’s garden.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
9/365 Benson, my favourite dog in the world…
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
10/365 Blue Tit. Playing with some vector art.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
11/365 Mum had a lovely bunch of flowers, these yellow ones were very impressive!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
12/365 Digital collage. Playing again. The background is a close up of part of my dad’s shed
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
13/365 My dad’s log pile. No matter how cold it gets this winter mum and dad will be warm – I think they have enough wood for three years!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
14/365 Clematis tangutica (again)

This week, for my project, I have been using:-

My iPad which I love!!

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 am 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.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

Photo Project 365 – Week 1 -January 2018

A successful first week doing my photo a day project!

My theme this week was People, so here they are…

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1/365 Starting with a selfie
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day
2/365 Ian, birding in Berneray
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day
3/365 Bill Neill – my lovely neighbour and wildlife artist
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day
4/365 Between flights at Glasgow airport, en route to Shropshire. 5 minutes after taking this my daughter phoned to say I had a new (first) grandson
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day
5/365 My gorgeous new (and first) grandchild, named Sidney after one of his grandfathers.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day
6/365 My youngest daughter Kat. Busy with her crochet. Her infectious laughter cheers everyone up!
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day
7/365 Mum. sherry o’clock…

This week, for my project, I have been using:-

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.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

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

 

Photo heading up Birdguides Review of the Week

Excellent to have the American Redstart photograph featured in the Birdguides Review of the Week  6th to 12th September 2017.

Local birder Bruce Taylor had found this delightful but rather rare North American migrant in Eoligarry, Barra on the 8th September. The first twitchable American Redstart since 1985 in the UK.

Read the full review at: Birdguides review of the week 6-12 September

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