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Gordon Longmead - England - CEO
Peter Hogel - Uganda - Deputy CEO
Scott Hurd - Namibia
Tom Coetzee - South Africa
National and Regional Management
Steve Cook - USA
Robert Murray - Scotland
Tina Andreasson - Sweden and Mexico
Jack Glisson - Kentucky USA
4 A few days in Edinburgh with only a 50mm lens. - Robert Murray
6 Alpine Springtime - Gordon Longmead
8 The Hungry Hawk - Geoff Bowers
10 Matooke Mountain Gorillas - Peter Hogel
14 Sarah McKeeman - Doing what Photographers Do Best - Taking Pictures
15 Rogers Fire Dept. with Louise Bradt
16 Wildlife Borneo - Sabah Reef by Gary Bridger
18 Colobus Monkey - Peter Hogel
19 The Pangolin - Scott hurd
20 Picture Post with Scott Latham and Martin Clarke
22 People of Uganda - Our Spirit, Our Hope - Peter Hogel
26 Flowers in My Lens - Gordon Longmead
30 Laon Catherdral - Geoff Bowers
32 1941 Boeing Stearman At Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada - Kevin W. Moore
34 Mushrooms and Toadstools - Gordon Longmead
38 Wildlife of America - Waterbirds by Larry Hitchins
39 Greyscale Landscape - Pictures by Alan Griffiths
40 Tawny Owl - Pictures by Scott Latham
41 Wildlife of America - Red Fox by Larry Hitchins
42 The things we do for photography pt3
Wheels no longer in motion
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Cover picture - Mountain Gorilla by Peter Hogel
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Sri Lanka has many beautiful waterfalls, unfortunately I only had chance to visit one of them one
afternoon in Sinharaja Forest Reserve. So something new and completely alien to me is this high
contrast B&W shot with a polarising filter and a 10 stop ND filter to slow down the shutter speed.
The polarising effect cant really be seen here but the colour version details that effect better.
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Alpine Vista - Gordon Longmead
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Resting from Duty - Gordon Longmead
On a late February afternoon as we
were preparing the food for dinner
we heard a loud bang against the
patio doors. I rushed over and
There was a sparrow hawk
struggling with a blackbird it had
just caught against the window.
I was surprised, it did not fly off but
struggled up the lawn and stood
I quickly snapped with my phone
but the light was poor and the
reflection through the glass killed
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I rushed upstairs where our little Olympus Stylus camera was sitting on the desk ready for the previous
days pictures to be uploaded to the PC. I grabbed it and carefully opened the widow and took some
frames, then a video of the hawk savagely plucking its kill. I realised that it was in no hurry to move
away, perhaps the blackbird was too heavy to carry off, so grabbed my Olympus OMD EM5. This had
my travel lens (15-150mm) fitted and I shot away with it for a few 100 frames. (Continuous shooting
mode). By now the hawk was though the feathers and tearing into the flesh. Every now and then it would
look up but then ravenously continue devour its meal.
I thought I still had some time so changed to my longest lens, a 70-300mm one. I was also getting cold as
the wind blew through the open window so I went down stairs again. It was still there standing over the
now bloody carcase. I decided to change the angle of my shots and lay down on the floor and shot
through the double glazing.
This put me at eye level with the hawk. I looked magnificent as it tore at the carcase. “Nature in the raw”.
Suddenly the camera stopped. I’d filled the SD card. I rushed back upstairs changed the card and shot
some more including video. Time had passed, about an hour and the light was fading. I upped the ISO
and kept shooting until the hawk suddenly flew off. I went down into the garden to shoot the carcase only
to find nothing. It had taken it away, leaving only feathers and a few entrails.
Luckily I was shooting in raw so I was able to develop some images despite the light and the noise from
the high ISO. It is amazing what can happen in ones own back yard. I hope you like the images - oh and
our own dinner was a little later than planned but we did not complain.
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Having left the comfort of the tarmac road from
Kampala the scenery as well as the comfort is
changing, one for the better…getting closer to
Bwindi in search for our long lost relatives the
The true nature of the name “Bwindis impenetrable
rain forest” comes to reveal itself.
Mountain peaks, slopes and deep valleys of truly
impenetrable forest emerge, and at first you might
think “how are we going to find anything in
there?”…But we will, and we did!
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Once reaching our destination, Buhoma we are close,
the mist is like a veil around the tree tops, you can
hear the sounds of the rain forest, the birds, distant
monkeys calling the sound of crickets and
grasshoppers. We tuck in for the night eagerly
waiting for morning to break…
But gorillas are friendly, and you don’t have to fear
them as you walk in to the forest, Gorillas use most
of their day for resting then eating…and playing, and
they don’t seem to mind eagerly photographing
humans sitting among their family.
After breakfast, bringing our packed lunch we head
to headquarters for gorilla briefing, here you get the
dos and don’ts, don’t get too close, don’t stare a
gorilla in the eye, and seriously, you don't want to
pick a fight with 200Kg of muscles, 10 times as
strong as a man.
Finding the gorillas is easy, trackers start up in the
morning so they know where to go when we get
there, but reaching is another story.
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Sometimes the come down the mountain so you will
have an easy walk for half an hour, or you can be
following them in their search for food…for 4 hours,
But it is all worth it!
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Finding the gorillas in the thicket of the rain forest,
approaching them, to find yourself surrounded by a
whole family, being among them while their babies
play around you and sometimes even come up to you
and playful pull your shirt. It is amazing and an
Peter Hogel, Eaden Adventures, Uganda
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Many issues ago the magazine ran a series of
images using light by photographer Alan Griffiths.
We wondered if Alan’s work would inspire others
to have a go at something new. Imagine my
surprise when this image appeared.
I forgot to ask Sarah if she really was inspired by
Alan’s images to try this out, but we can hope.
This image was created using the technique of Light
Spinning, in this instance using a home made jig from a bike
Light is not the only way in which we can experiment with
imagery. Another of Sarah’s new toys is a ‘drip kit’. You can
make your own in various ways, there are probably as many
ways as people trying them out, but there are a few things that
apply with equal importance to every method.
The first of these is timing, you can get a remote release that
can be programmed to fire the shutter on detection of
movement, sound, and even light, the hard way is manually using
hand eye co-ordination.
This is the same method I use when trying to photograph birds
flying to and from a feeder, I miss more times than I like to admit,
but the principle is the same and you do get better with practice.
The second point to be aware of is the subject matter, for example,
some liquids react better than others, try to get these images using
treacle and the result would be very different.
Finally, and probably most important, is the lighting and the
exposure used. Stronger lighting allows for a higher ISO and thus a
faster shutter speed to freeze the motion. This is a question of
balance between the two.
It is great to see members of the Society and the
Magazine trying new ideas, inspiration can be gained
from anywhere and everywhere if we are willing to look
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This is the beat known as ARFF3..She is a Rosenbauer
Panther, and her wheels are almost as tall as I am
(5'4"), to give you an indication of her size. ARFF
trucks (Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting) are fitted with
two deck guns and can roll and pump which is what
you see here.
The image on the left is from ARFF recertification at
XNA (Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting)
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Wildlife Borneo - Sabah Reef by Gary Bridger
The underwater world of Sabah Reef is threatened by development and irresponsible tourism. Here is just a
glimpse of the fragile beauty that may soon disappear.
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Will be the Black and white
This ladies and gentlemen (and the rest of you…) is one interesting monkey, first, the name “Colobus” from
new Latin/Greek “Kolobos” actual meaning “Cut short” (some more barbaric people would say mutilated,
I’m a nice guy, sticking to “cut short”), referring to the Colobus lacking their thumbs, they only have 4
But there is more, Colobus monkeys have an interesting
digestive microflora, so they live on leafs and unripe fruits,
containing so much toxins that other monkeys avoid them…
Oh and yes...as you can see, all their babies are born white....
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It seems like a good reason to share some of my latest
images of this marvelous creature. Many thanks to
Maria Diekmann at Rest and to everyone who's worked
so hard to get world's most trafficked animal up on the
Red List with Rhinos. Scott Hurd
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Male Goosander taken at Hogganfield Loch, Glasgow.
Picture by Martin Clarke
Female Migrant Hawker by Scott Latham
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Red Squirrel by Scott Latham
Female Goosander taken at Hogganfield Loch, Glasgow.
Picture by Martin Clarke
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At Oil Springs,
Owned by Bruce Bond -
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A Study in Nature
Wildlife of America - Waterbirds by Larry Hitchins
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A Study in Greyscale - Landscape
Pictures by Alan Griffiths
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A Study in Nature - Tawny Owl
Pictures by Scott Latham
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A Study in Nature
Wildlife of America - Red Fox by Larry Hitchins
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So where was I … Having installed the DPC and
insulation in the snug, the insulation was
removed. The reason being simple, although the
insulation was supposed to be under the concrete
floor, I had put in to much sub base, so by
removing the 75mm insulation it gave me room
With the insulation removed we put in the floor,
a 75mm concrete screed, which gave me just
enough clear space to use 25mm insulation under
the floor boards. I am not concerned about the
thinner insulation as the floor is sitting on fen
peat which is thermally efficient in itself.
With the floor partially installed I could finish the concrete base of the fireplace. Now I am waiting for the
arrival of the slate to create the hearth.
Meanwhile I have a builder working on levelling
the upstairs floor and converting the cottage into
a one bedroom. We do not need more as there
will only be the two of us living here on a
The across are taking the place of a brick wall
that was separating the two bedrooms, this is now
an opening and the door is being moved to the space seen on the right of the
picture. The picture on the right shows part of the bathroom which will
incorporate the original landing making it a large room with lots of space.
Work on the kitchen is stopped but reroofing the
utility room commenced. Once the section of
roof seen in the picture was removed we discovered that the walls were not
actually attached to the house.
The small double window was lifted out as it had not been attached to the
walls in any way, shape or form. Investigation showed that the same applied to
the larger window at the opposite end,
The double doors and attached windows faired a little better, the windows
were attached to t he door frame and that was held to the timber over joist by
two small screws.
The most secure part of the utility room was the roof to house junction, five
lengths of timber side by side, each nailed to the other to provide a support for
the roof, sealed to the house with concrete and two layers of tiles, the weight
of this should have been enough to bring the whole lot down. One tap with a hammer and down it came.
Needless to say the utility room is now going to be rebuilt.
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Kuyimba means 'to sing' in the
Zambian Chinyanja language and
this site is a celebration of the sights
and sounds of southern Africa. Join
us to experience it for yourself.
Derek & Sarah Solomon
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