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The 2013 Calendar…

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

For some time now, I’ve been toying with the idea of producing a 2013 calendar showcasing some of the images I’ve taken.

I’ve finally put together a calendar but the million dollar question is: Will anyone actually buy it? I’m seeking the answer to this question from all you lovely folk out there.

So kindly watch the short video below and feel free to leave your feedback either via email or as a comment:

Waiting to hear from you all…

Take care and gallop free.

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Herald Charity Calendar 2013

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Just wanted to let you know that one of my images, as seen below, has been shortlisted to appear in the Herald Scotland Charity Calendar 2013.

Details of the Calendar, the charity that will benefit from the sale of the Calendar and how you can order your very own copy can be found here.

Please do consider buying a copy and please do spread the word.

And what’s more – you don’t have to be based in the UK to place an order. The calendars will be delivered worldwide…

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Chance Encounter with a Sparrowhawk

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

A Wildlife photographer learns something new every day – be it about the behaviour of the subjects one photographs or the technique one uses to capture that unique image.

Wildlife photography, for most part, involves investing a large amount of time and energy – both on and off the field – in studying about the subject you want to photograph, identifying the best habitats to photograph your subject in and then waiting and waiting and waiting…

But then again, once in a while, your subject may just present itself right in front of you when you least expect it. A case in point is this Sparrowhawk that I managed to photograph the other day. There was a thunderstorm brewing and I was standing in my living room looking up into the sky hoping to capture a lightning bolt. I had the Canon 70-200mm lens mounted on my Canon 50D and was expectantly waiting for a lightning bolt to strike when, out of the blue, I see a bird of prey land on a fence right in front of me. At first I was not sure of what species the bird was except that it was a bird of prey. It was only after I locked focus on it did I realise that it was a Sparrowhawk. A good friend of mine, and photography buddy, had told me that there was a Sparrowhawk in the area and I’d kept an eye out for it but never managed to spot it and here it was sitting right in front of me, when I least expected it. I fired off a few shots, one of which can be seen below:

She looked like she was not going anywhere and so I took a calculated chance of changing my lens to the Sigma 50-500mm to try to capture a few close up images (as can be seen below). I could not have asked for a more willing subject.

The one thing I have learnt in my very short time as a Wildlife photographer, and from this particular incident, is the fact that one’s got to be ready to capture a shot at any time. When an opportunity presents itself, one’s got to grasp it tight with both hands.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, the world’s largest art festival, concluded in Scotland’s capital city on the 27th of August 2012.

The Festival – which caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, exhibitions and events – takes place every August for three weeks. One of the best spots to visit, over the Festival period, is the Royal Mile where hundreds of performers congregate daily to promote their acts as well as to offer sneak previews of their shows.

Showcased below are images captured on the Royal Mile:

A performer from a dance and physical theatre drama called Echo and Narcissus, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, promoting her theatre’s act on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Echo & Narcissus – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A performer, on the Royal Mile (Edinburgh, Scotland), getting ready to promote her act: More Light – A lyrical piece that combines art, love, violence, beauty, sacrifice and cannibalism – part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.

More Light – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

More Light – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Kris & Alix…

Kris & Alix – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Kris & Alix – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Plastic Beach…

7,200 yellow rubber ducks fall into the ocean, spreading like confetti. Inspired by true events, Plastic Beach follows the story of Ebbis, a lonely beachcomber who devotes his life to tracking where these friendly floatees have come to shore.

Plastic Beach – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Soldier…

Soldier follows one young man’s journey from the violent gangs of the ghetto to the discipline and comradeship of the military, and explores the ideas of love, sacrifice and redemption.

Soldier – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Soldier – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eye of a Needle…

IndigoCo return to Fringe 2012 breathing life into one family’s dramatic story. A fascinating, emotional, thought-provoking musical set in a Midlands village whose needle-makers conquered the world. History with a modern twist.

Eye of a Needle – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Not My Cup of Tea…

Flashback to the psychedelic summer of 1970. Roland leads his four friends in the creation of a commune. With no money but lots of free love, the characters in this black comic drama question society’s need to dream.

Not My Cup of Tea – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Not My Cup of Tea – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Hanafuda Denki…

“Hanafuda Denki (A Tale of Playing Cards)” – set in a funeral parlour in the beggars district of Tokyo during World War I, complete with lively singing and colourful kimonos, the question is asked, ‘Are you a winner or loser in this life-and-death game?’

Hanafuda Denki – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Hanafuda Denki – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

In addition to the hundreds of performers promoting their acts on the Royal Mile, one gets to see a number of very talented professional Street Performers (folk who make a living from performing on streets around the world) such as this Contact Juggler from the US…

Contact Juggler – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Contact Juggler – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters…

A tragedy about love, loss and the beauty of youth.

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Facehunters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two…

In a flat made for two, but shared by three, the shower’s not the only one getting a lot of action…

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Built for Two – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan…

Witness the sensual escapades of the infamous womaniser in this darkly comical retelling of a timeless legend.

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Don Juan – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Spring Awakening – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice…

How do you say goodbye to yourself?

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Eurydice – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The road that wasn’t there…

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world…

The road that wasn’t there – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Nothing Is Really Difficult – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Street Performer – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Anna…

Anna. – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Beth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Dungeon – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Last Fairytale – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Macbeth…

Macbeth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Macbeth – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Machinal…

Machinal – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Machinal – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Minotaur – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Oedipus The Hour…

Oedipus The Hour – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Oedipus The Hour – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Rabbit and the Rose – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Romeo & Juliet…

Romeo & Juliet – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A Servant to Two Masters…

A Servant to Two Masters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A Servant to Two Masters – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Tempest…

The Tempest – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Tempest – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Unknown Act – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Yellow Wallpaper…

The Yellow Wallpaper – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Yellow Wallpaper – Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Best of May 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Thought I’d share with you all a snapshot of my work that has been released during the month of May.

Field of Gold – Captured this image in a Rapeseed Field, Scotland.

Oriental Garden Lizard – Spotted this guy basking in the warm tropical sun during my recent visit to the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, India.

Red Damselfly, Scotland.

Gathering Food… The White-throated Dipper also known as the European Dipper, Scotland.

Caught… The Master of Stealth and Precision – Grey Heron, Scotland.

Daisy, Scotland.

Meerkat – Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Mother and Child – Female Mallard with one of her ducklings, Scotland.

A baby White-faced Saki monkey peeking out at the world outside as it rides on its mother’s back. Captured this image at the Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Supermoon 2012 – Scotland.

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Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Dispersion

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

I have always found the Dandelion pod to be a very interesting photography subject. Though the fluffy nature of a full pod does make for an attractive image, I personally find the partially blown pods to make for more artistic and visually appealing images. As is the case in nature, the beauty is in the detail and hence one gets to see the intricate beauty, pattern and symmetry only when one gets up close and personal with the pod. By its very nature, the pod allows in a lot of light and using natural light effectively and creatively can reward the photographer with some unique images.

Here are a few images I managed to capture the other day when I came across a few pods:

Hope these images have inspired you enough to make you want to go out with your camera and create your very own amazing dandelion pod images 🙂

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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The Great Daffodil Appeal 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Today, the 1st of March, 2012, marks the start of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s month-long Great Daffodil Appeal in the UK.

Started in 1948, the same year the National Health Service (NHS) was launched, Marie Curie Cancer Care is best known for its network of 2000 nurses, who work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support.

To show our support of the great work done by the Marie Curie nurses and the charity as a whole and to coincide with the start of the Great Daffodil Appeal we, at Black Stallion Country, thought it only fit that we showcase Daffodils on our March Desktop Calendar.

Feel free to download the calendar by clicking on the image above and we really hope you’ll use it as your desktop calendar this month serving as a constant reminder of the invaluable service offered by the Marie Curie nurses.

Please do share this with family and friends and am sure that if you are willing to offer the charity any practical or monetary support, it would be gratefully received.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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