Experimenting with Black and White

WHEN: 13 August 2018, 21:53
WHERE: Guildford

Back at the badger Sett again. Not sure why but the badgers have been very late to leave the sett and go foraging recently. One of the group enjoys blackberries and seems to spend a long time in the brambles close to the sett. I decided to use this to my advantage and sprinkled some blackberries on the main route out of the sett to see if I could get them to pause for a few seconds. My plan worked to some extent although the failing light meant the images I got work better in black and white than colour.

Smiling Badger

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F4, ISO 2500, 1/30 sec.

I ended up applying the same gradient filter to both badger images. The area behind the badger in both shots is quite dark in the original images, but I found it distracted the eye from the main subject of the image.

Juvenile Badger

Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VRII at 200mm (300mm equiv.) – F2.8, ISO 3200, 1/100 sec.

The second images is a better composition in my view, but image quality is really starting to suffer. Makes me wish I had a 400mm F2.8 lens to play with. Final image is my favourite black and white image from the badger sett. Not a badger this time.

Roe Deer

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F4, ISO 800, 1/200 sec.

This image is surprisingly unexciting in colour, black and white makes it work for me.

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