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Hartsholme Birds

I was up early on Saturday and started the day with predawn dog walk.  As the sun started to rise I took a good look at the weather and decided my plan of making a trip to Hartsholme Park would have to wait as the light was just not good enough, so instead of photography my Saturday was a day of house work.

I did spend sometime on photography that evening, I spent it downloading Leica M10 RAW files from various websites to start to develop a feel for them and also to make a start on creating four Lightroom presents for the M10 to speed up work flow.  For my Nikons I just have two presets, one for Landscape and one for people and work from there.  For my Leica M8 I have four presets, Colour-People, Black&White-People, Colour-Landscape, and Black&White-Landscape.

They generally only differ in the amount of sharpening and a preset mask, and generally protect the highlights while boosting the blacks.

Sunday morning showed some promise after my dawn dog walk, so loaded the car with the big Gitzo series 5 tripod, a big heavy fast long lens, a teleconverter and a Nikon D800; just the typical equipment for shooting wildlife.

The promise of the light was fulfilled and we had a glorious warm golden light illuminating the lake which still had some ice on.  The Herons, Greylag and Canadian Geese were much in evidence as was the black headed gulls.

I got a good mix of shots in the hours I spent there, before heading off to warm up.