East Chevington

Posted on 6 February 2017, 18:05

Well, that made a refreshing change…

My photography partner in crime Mark and I headed up to East Chevington, Druridge Bay, today. Apart from the Pacific Diver “mega” in the vicinity (I don’t twitch, so I wasn’t there for that one. I – y’know – happened to see it, but wasn’t looking or anything…), there had been regular reports of confiding Twite and Shore Larks up there for a while, coming to seeds put out by birders and photographers. We fancied getting a lens on them.

What I didn’t expect was that the local Sanderling and Turnstones would have developed a taste for sunflower seeds too! It was because of this that I was able to get eye-to-eye with the day’s birds without having to deal with dog-owners – we were just far enough from the beaten track to have only relaxed birds (and consequently, photographers!) to contend with.

Light was shockingly crap (read: 8000 ISO’s-worth of crap) to start with, but eventually the Sun came out and all was well with my world:


Sanderling, East Chevington


Twite, East Chevington (“Only” 4000 ISO, this one…)


Sanderling, East Chevington


Turnstone, East Chevington


Sanderling, East Chevington


Sanderling, East Chevington


Sanderling, East Chevington Woohoo! A wing-stretch!


Sanderling, East Chevington


Twite, East Chevington


Twite, East Chevington

And there was a lot more where they came from, but these will do for now.

Although I never had a problem with the Adobe CC software “rental” licence model (are you kidding? Lightroom and PhotoShop for the price of a bottle of wine a month?) I haven’t really used Lightroom for a long while: it’s great converter in all respects except its demosaicing algorithm, and I’ve been a Photo Ninja guy for ages.

And with the release of Affinity Photo I now don’t use PhotoShop either.

So all of these are converted in Photo Ninja, and post-processed in Photo. I’m still getting familiar with some of Photo’s different ways of doing compared to PhotoShop, but I’m already satisfied that it does everything I need of an image editor; and does it all really well.

And it cost me £30!



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