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March 6, 2019

My day job is in retail management which alongside my running training and my family doesn't give me as much time as id like to photograph. So when myself and my partner booked a week off work we decided to spend a few days living out of our car travelling Scotland and photographing wildlife.

For one day i decided to book into a hide wildlifephotographyexperiences who have a few hides set up near Galloway forest. I "hid" in one of these hides for 7 hours in the cold woods waiting for a special visitor..a fox. Before he arrived i was surrounded by birds inc a woodpecker, 2 sparrowhawks and a very cheeky squirrel, so loads of photographic opportunities. However it was the fox id come to see and as darkness came around 6pm  i played with my camera settings and sat back ready for the fox to arrive. 2 hours later he arrived and he was beautiful! He looked so healthy compared to the foxes we see visiting our cities. well worth the wait. Thank you to Wildlife photography experiences - their hides are fantastic! I will be back for sure.

 

That night we slept in our car and tried to keep as warm as possible ready for an early start to watch the stags come down from the hills in Galloway forest. Again our patience was rewarded as the majestic stags came down to greet us early morning. We still had some free time after breakfast so we drove down to the wild goat park in the forest to watch the kids playing. 

 

After 2 days i had 2 full camera cards and couldn't wait to get a huge dinner, some warmth and work through my photos. 

The best photos were actually the unplanned ones - the red squirrel, the goats posing perfectly and the morning stags. I loved my fox photos but my camera struggled in the night and i still have a lot to learn here with my settings, exposure etc

Below are a few of the photos from those 2 days with settings used.

2 days left of our week out and the plan was to get a shot of the milky way whilst there was a new moon but the weather is as usual not playing ball. Not giving up though even if it means 2 nights of no sleep so watch this space......

 

Woodpecker

Nikon D500

Tamron SP 70-200 F/2.8 lens

1/125

F/2.8 

ISO 220

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stag

Nikon D500

Tamron SP 70-200 F/2.8 lens

1/320

F 2.8

ISO 125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Squirrel

Nikon D500

Tamron SP 70-200 F/2.8 lens

1/125

F 2.8

ISO 220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fox

Nikon D500

Tamron SP 70-200 F/2.8 lens

 

1/200

F2.8

ISO 4000

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