Cowes, and not the mooing kind

On Wednesday, I went over to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, for the annual sailing festival.  I’ve been most years over the last 16 years, and have been trying to capture pictures since I had my first D40.  I always like to look for none boat based opportunities, but it’s mainly yachts and dinghies.  This year we were lucky enough to have a boat run aground on some rocks just off shore.  I’m not sure how they were going to retrieve it. The full album can be found on flickr


Hoegh Osaka

Sounds like it should translate as “beached whale”, which would be appropriate.  This was been beached on a sandbank in the Solent after it started to list. Salvage experts had hoped to move it today, but have had to abandon the task.  The Bramble Bank where it currently is appears once or twice a year at very low tides.  When this happens, there tends to be a game of cricket played.


Hoegh Osaka

Widgeons at Testwood Lakes – I need a longer lens.

We went along to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Testwood Lakes today. It’s a lovely location just off the M27 with an education centre and bird hides.  We spent some time in one of the hides trying to get some decent shots…. as always, the birds are a bit further away then your lens will comfortably reach.  My Nikon only goes to 200mm.  Interestingly I still see articles in photographic magazines, suggesting if you have a crop factor, then the lens “reaches further”.  Sure, it appears to fill more of the frame than if you used full frame, but it doesn’t get your any closer to the action.  I think magazine should clarify what they are saying.

Anyway… I like the shot but I’ve had to crop it a HUGE amount to get it any where near the picture I wanted.

Testwood Lakes