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Here you will find the latest information on what has been updated along with thing's that I've been up to along with forthcoming plans and events. Open up the tabs for further details and images. Feel free to contact me and say hello alternatively you can now become a fan of Darren Clark Photography on Facebook and I can be followed on Twitter.
Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Mini Mammal Madness
Some mini mammal madness this last couple of months. Firstly the Water Vole swimming back and forth and then this tiny Field Vole decided to sit only a few inches right by me for a good few minuted allowing me to capture one or two nice shots. I have uploaded these images and more into my Mammal pages on the website so take a look there. Until next time......
Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Kestrel Images Updated
WOW, I can't believe it's been 6 months since I last updated the blog on here. I have been updating the site with new content, you will just have to try to find it - honest!!
Anyway, between working away over the last few months I have managed to get out and about on occasion and have a good collection of new Kestrel images so I have uploaded them to the Kestrel Page which can be found amongst the other birds of prey pages. Here is a taster shown below for you. You can click on the image to go directly to the page.
I will try to update the blog more often in the future but it does depend on what i have been up to and what new images I may have. Watch this space as they say...
Thursday 13th October 2016 - Food for Thought
Wow, I can't believe how long it has been since I updated the blog on here! In all honesty I have been pretty busy with other stuff as it's been a tough year work wise. Over the summer i have been doing a fair bit of outside cooking, both barbecuing and smoking and whilst doing that I though I would have a go at doing a little food photography. Still in it's early stages but getting better results each time I try. The only downside is I would rather be eating the food that sitting taking pictures of it! Anyway, I have put a few thumbnails of the sort of things I have been taking below for you to see. Maybe in the future I will do more of this sort of thing but would really like to get back to doing my favourite wildlife photography.
Wednesday 27th July 2016 - Nagar Kirtan and Urban Decay
A couple of weekends ago I managed to attend the 2016 Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough. I had been hoping I could make this even for quite some time. The weather was fantastic and the Sikh hospitality amazing with some lovely food served at the end of the procession. If I get the chance I will definitely return next year. In the meantime here is a new page containing the pictures from the event: Nagar Kirtan 2016.
I also managed to get out and photograph some urban decay of some old terraced housing. I only took a few shots but was very happy with the results using the Nik Colour Efex Pro 4 software for the editing. Another project I will definitely have to return to. Images are now uploaded to my Architecture Page.
Finally I managed to capture all of three 'snaps' of this amazing looking Chevrolet hotrod pickup as it cruised along Redcar seafront. I wasn't quite sure where to upload the images here as I don't have an Auto/Car page (yet) so for now they are on my Sport Page.
Sunday 12th June 2016 - Skylive Airshow 2016
2016 saw the return of the old Tees-side Airshow. Renamed Skylive and held at Durham Tees Valley Airport this was the first show held for well over 20 years with The Red Arrows, RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and Blades Aerobatic Team making amazing appearances amongst other things on the day. Check out my Skylive 2016 page for a selection of images, some of which you can see below.
Along with the aviation photography shown above i've been looking back at some old images and have created some new 'Miniature Worlds'. These can be found on my Wildlife Art page and are created using a panoramic image which is then stretched turned into these circular Worlds.
Saturday 26th March 2016 - Newcastle & Middlesbrough Town Hall
These last two weeks have been pretty poor for aerial photography, although one nice day did allow me to finally get out and shoot The Headland at Hartlepool in the sunshine and at low tide. Take at look at my Aerial Photography Page and enjoy the short 3 minute video clip along with some images of the day. I also managed some aerial images of the small seaside port of Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast although it was a much more grey and cold day!
A couple of weeks ago I spent a day wandering around Newcastle-upon-Tyne with my good friend Mike in an attempt to get some interesting images of the city. Living relatively close to Newcastle it's surprising that i've not actually done this before! The majority. if not all. were converted to black and white as I am still working with the Nik silver FX software in Lightroom.
Last weekend I also got the opportunity to go along for a guided tour of Middlesbrough Town Hall before it is closed for refurbishment. It was a thorough tour filled with information on what work is going to be carried out and culminated in a long climb up the narrow dusty staircase to the clock tower.
I've uploaded a selection of Newcastle city shots along with a handful of the many images I took in Middlesbrough Town Hall to my Architecture Page so head over there to see them. In the meantime here is a small taster selection below.
Thursday 10th March 2016 - Tees Transporter Bridge & Redcar Rocks
Following on from my aerial shots of the River Tees Newport Bridge I finally got good weather and an opportunity to shoot the iconic Tees Transporter Bridge from the air. The Tees Transporter Bridge has been the area's landmark since opening in 1911. It is the longest working transporter bridge in the world and an iconic symbol of Tees-side’s engineering and industrial heritage. Staying within the CAA's regulatory 50 metres distance and not flying over people, property or main roads meant only one location to fly from at the river side. Thankfully the sun was in a good spot and there were some nice clouds in the sky, I even managed to catch a video clip with the newly refurbished gondola passing across the river.
After yet more waiting on weather (this seems to be a common ongoing theme when flying a drone) to coincide with a good low tide I finally got out onto Redcar Beach to shoot the Redcar & Coatham rock formations. One of the best exposures of Lower Lias rock on the Yorkshire Coast composed of calcareous shales containing fossil Ammonites and Gryphea. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and when exposed at low tide an important feeding ground for several species of wading birds. Take a look at my Aerial Photography Page to see more images and a couple of short video clips of both the Transporter Bridge and Redcar & Coatham Rocks.
Since I shot these I have been out to shoot Yarm high street and it's lengthy 43 arch viaduct from the air and on a gloomy afternoon Saltburn viaduct so keep checking back to see the latest images.
Tuesday 16th February 2016 - Newport Bridge From The Air
I have been waiting weeks and weeks for the right weather conditions to shoot the newly painted Newport Bridge from the air. Finally on the 10th of February the conditions were perfect so I headed to the river side and got my DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter in the air. The resulting images can be seen on my Aerial Photography Page a few of which are previewed below. I was hoping that the distant Transporter Bridge would be more visible in the shot but unfortunately this is the downside of using such a wide angle lens.
Tuesday 9th February 2016 - Aerial Reed Cutting and yet more Black & White
Following on from my aerial reedbed survey at RSPB Saltholme I returned to photograph and video the actual cutting of the reeds which was done using a Truxor vehicle from Aquatic-Solutions UK. Despite a windy day with gusts up to 34mph the results were successful and can be seen on my Aerial Photography Page. The video clip is just over 4 minutes so turn your speakers on sit back and relax!
I've also been out and about doing more and more black & white photography as i'm trying out the Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 software. So far the results have been really impressive and i'm pretty sure I will be using this software more and more in my image processing in future. Check out my Landscape Page and Architecture Page to see more including the images shown as a taster below.
Wednesday 20th January 2016 - A Foggy Captain Cook's Monument
First of all a Happy New Year to everyone out there, I wish you a healthy and successful year. After being grounded for a month I finally got my first afternoon out with my Phantom 3 quadcopter following what seemed like constant rain and wind for much of December and into January. I ventured back to Captain Cook's Monument on the North Yorkshire Moors one cold, frosty and what turned out to be beautifully foggy afternoon. The results of the trip out can be seen on my Aerial Photography Page along with a short video clip I put together from the flying.
I have also made one or two trips too my local RSPB Saltholme reserve but so far of note have only managed a nice Long-eared Owl shot in it's usual spot in the scrublands there. Visit my Long-eared Owl Page to take a look at that.
Hopefully as the weather improves over the coming months I will get out and about more and have more interesting pictures to show you on here...
Friday 18th December 2015 - Aerial Reedbed Survey
I was asked by RSPB Saltholme this last week to conduct an aerial reedbed survey using my quadcopter whilst the weather was calm. The resultant mosaic images of the Haverton Hill area and Top to Bottom Tanks can be seen on my aerial photography page. There is a couple of small images below to give you an idea of the results.
Finally just a quick message to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all the best for 2016 to everyone out there!
Monday 7th December 2015 - Saltholme Kingfisher Finally!
Finally, after only a mere six short years of waiting I finally got to photograph a perched Kingfisher at RSPB Saltholme reserve. This lovely female spent most of the day visiting and fishing from various reeds and occasionally the larger perches in front of the Wildlife Watchpoint hide. I've uploaded a few more images to my Kingfisher page so take a look there.
Friday 27th November 2015 - Black and White Bonanza
Over the last week or so i've been shooting a few black and white images using the great Canon G1X camera. I've uploaded one or two to my Landscapes Page so you can check them out there but below is a preview of some of those images.
Saturday 14th November 2015 - Starlings and Aerial Photography
Whilst the autumn weather has finally turned bleak i've started updating more content to the website. First up is a selection of new Aerial Images shot around my local area of the North Yorkshire Moors. I've uploaded one or two new video clips to Vimeo so check them out too by searching for me there as the video and music really pull the whole aerial experience together! Weather permitting over the winter months i'm hoping to get out and do much more aerial work so stay tuned here...
Now that the autumn is well under way I’ve managed to get out and shoot some Starling murmurtations. A regular display can be seen over the reed beds of RSPB Salthome just before sunset if the weather is good.
I have also been attempting to shoot Red Grouse on the moors, not an easy task at all I can say as they tend to disappear into the distance as soon as they are aware of your presence! The area also had a couple of rare Great White Egrets pay a visit so there are a few shots of those now live on the site.
Tuesday 1st September 2015 - River Tees From The Air At Sunset
Finally a wind free evening where I managed to get out with the quadcopter and do some aerial work. Decided to try to catch the sunset over the River Tees from a high vantage point and was reasonably successful. Take a look at the images below and visit the Aerial Photography Page for more. I just need to work on the movie footage I shot next.
Monday 31st August 2015 - BMFA National Championships
Had a great day out on Saturday at the 2015 British Model Flying Association National Championships 2015 at RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire. I spent most of the day on the scale flight line photographing some stunningly realistic models putting on some great shows in front of a busy crowd line. Highlights included an extremely large scale Red Bull aerobatic model, the Red Arrows duo display team, a fabulous large scale English Electric Lightening, an impressive Avro Lancaster and much more. Images are now live on the BMFA Nats 2015 Page.
Wednesday 26th August 2015 - Aerial Photography
Have been putting my years of experience as a model helicopter pilot to use and doing some aerial photography and video. New ground for me with these drones or UAV as they are called, and a steep learning curve but at least the flying is fairly straight forward. I just need some decent sunny and more importantly wind free days to go out and about and do some more. I've uploaded my first few still shots and a nice little video clip so take a look at my Aerial Photography page. Keep checking back as hopefully I will add more here soon, in the meantime here's a preview of the images below...
Friday 14th August 2015 - Penguins, Albatross and More...
Finally making headway into updating the web pages here. The latest additions are Penguins and Albatross from my trip down to the Southern Oceans. There are numerous other additions too throughout the wildlife pages and also some Landscape shots from The Falkland islands and South Georgia.
On my Aircraft & Aviation page I have added some images from the RAF Elvington Large Model Airshow 2015 including the amazing and very large Vulcan and Victor models which were displaying there along with the actual Vulcan XH558 which put on a display at RAF Elvington and Croft Nostalgia that same weekend.
Tuesday 11th August 2015 - Santiago Street Art
Now that my website has been suitably tinkered with I can finally start adding some new content. First up is this wonderful street art shot in Santiago, Chile on a day stop over whilst on my way to The Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Speaking of which the next plan is to get some wonderful Penguin and Albatross images posted...
Wednesday 5th August 2015 - Website Update
Thursday 9th January 2014 - Happy New Year!!
Well firstly I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year. It was a quiet end to 2013 on the photography front for me but I did manage a few shots on our family trip to Cornwall, some of which are shown below and can be found on the relevant landscape page of this website. I've been trying out a new (and it has to be said enormous) Lee Filter set for my Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 lens. The lens itself is fantastic so the filter set really adds to it for landscape photography. I really can't wait to put it to good use later in the year in the Antarctic!
I'm back at work at the moment but itching to get back out again as I really love being out when the weather is cold and frosty so watch this space yet again over the coming months.
I have a few new canvas prints at home too and once our office is decorated there are plans for even more spectacular large prints to adorn the walls. I will post some pictures once it's done. That's all for now...
Monday 25th November 2013 - Back from the Far North
Yet another amazing adventure to the high Arctic has come and gone. The MS Stockholm seems to becoming like a home from home. Thanks to the crew for making the journey such fun and special once again. We had wonderful encounters with Walrus, Reindeer and of course the Polar Bears. We had to travel as far north as 83.4deg into the pack ice to find them which was a record for the ship and myself. Anyway, here are the links to a small selection of the images I took on the trip. There are Svalbard Landscapes, Walrus, Polar Bears, Reindeer and Seals spread throughout my website. And below is a taster of one or two...
Saturday 7th September 2013 - Arctic Bound
Very excited now as only a week to go until I head off to the Arctic Circle and wonderful Svalbard once again. I've got a new toy to try out when there this time and hoping for good things from it. A GoPro Hero3 Black Edition action camera and associated accessories. I'm hoping to do some long time lapse videos with it along with some fast action shots when cruising about in the Zodiacs. I may even attempt some underwater video of Walrus if I get the chance. Watch this space and my Facebook page to find out...
Monday 19th August 2013 - Osprey Adventure
Well what an amazing start to the month of August. Spend a good week at Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore in Scotland photographing diving Ospreys. 4.30am starts for the morning sessions proved very productive with lots of diving going on. The evening sessions were much more quiet for unknown reasons with the occasional bird fishing. We were hoping for some great backlit shots but I think I only managed one half decent image. Many thanks must go to Andy Rouse for arranging the trip and Neil McIntyre and Julian of the Rothiemurchus Estate for doing the spotting. I've now updated my Osprey Page so take a look to see some amazing splashdowns! If you follow my page on Facebook I will shortly be uploading a short video clip which shows how hard they really hit the water as they stun the Trout below the surface.
Less than a month to go now an I will be heading back North to the Arctic Wonderland that is Svalbard so really can't wait for that, as always watch this space for the latest images!
Thursday 30th May 2013 - Antarctic Bound
Well already getting excited as I will be off to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula late in 2014. With Scottish Ospreys and Svalbard Polar Bears coming up soon it's going to be a bumper few months for photography.
Back home i've been shooting predominantly local birds with one or two rarities such as the Wryneck and Thrush Nightingale on Tees-side. Some great new Fox and Fox Cub images have been uploaded along with a couple of nice Great Crested Grebes courting and mating so take a look.
Monday 8th April 2013 - Owl Workshop
My latest images have been uploaded, taken on on an Owl Workshop at the British Wildlife Center. A fantastic day for all involved with some beautiful Owls including, Long-eared, Short-eared, Tawny, Little and Barn. Take a look on my Owl Page and follow the links from there. All the images were taken with the superb Nikon D800 and 200-400 f4 lens combination.
Saturday 19th January 2013 - Bittern Blast Off!
WOW, two updates in under a month, hopefully I can keep this up! With the recent cold weather I spent a good couple of afternoons in the company of our local Bittern on Haverton Hill. Freezing ice forced the bird out into the open to try to find food and on a number of occasions it could be seen walking along the edge of the reed beds or flying between them. Unfortunately from a photographic point of view all the shots were taken at a very long distance but my new D800 came into it's own with that huge sensor combined with a 600mm f4 lens and 1.4x converter allowed the images to be cropped into a reasonable picture.
Friday 4th January 2013 - Happy New Year, Kenya and Waxwings
First of all Happy New Year to everyone! WOW, I didn't realize it had been so long since I updated the BLOG. It's been a busy year for me at home and at work but I have managed to get out and about to take some pictures and I now have a Nikon D800 to add to the arsenal.
Firstly, I had an amazing trip to the Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya with Norris and Andy back in August where we got some fantastic shots and I had my first ever sighting of Leopard! You can view a selection of the resulting images on the links to all the big cats such as Cheetah, Leopard and Lions in the Wildlife section.
At home recently I've been shooting one or two Waxwings, Fieldfare and Redwing as they have been showing well on my local patch. I do like being out and about in the winter months and any frost or ice makes pictures that much more interesting.
2013 should again be a busy year for me and I already have a trip back to my favorite place of Svalbard planned in September and one or two other things in the pipeline including Ospreys so watch this space and I promise I will try and keep the blog updated more frequently!
Sunday 13nd May 2012 - Red Fox Vixen
Sorry I haven't updated the Blog for a while but things have been busy for me lately and the days that I have had free have been hampered by bad weather. Anyway, here's a few shots of a Red Fox Vixen that appears to be feeding it's young taken over the last month or so. Things are starting to liven up with local wildlife now that we move into the spring so hopefully I can get out and about when I have some free time, until then, watch this space....
Wednesday 14th March 2012 - Mad March Hares
The gloves are off at RSPB Reserves around the UK and to promote their events they are using one of my boxing Hares images taken at RSPB Saltholme back in 2010. Following the link HERE to find out more information.
'With spring approaching, the brown hares of the UK are starting to ‘box’, and we're encouraging people to head to our nature reserves to see the opening bouts of these amazing seasonal matches.
Unlike the male parties of the well-publicised recent heavyweight fracas, the dramatic sight of hares ‘boxing’ is actually the females fighting off the unwanted attention of overly amorous males.
The males gather together vying for the female’s attention and if not impressed, she uses fisticuffs to fend them off.'
Friday 2nd March 2012 - Awesome Gorillas and Beautiful Sunbirds
Well my 11th trek up the Virunga Volcanoes has passed and once again Rwanda and the Gorillas did not disappoint. I've finished uploading a selection of Gorilla images to the website HERE adding to my previous images. I've also added one or two beautiful Sunbird images HERE so go take a look. I used the 28-300mm Nikon lens exclusively for the Gorillas this time rather than the 70-200 with 1.4x converter and it worked flawlessly. The birds were taken using the trusty 200-400 with the 1.4x.
My next major trip is to Kenya and the Masai Mara later in the year, until then I will be spending my time looking at UK wildlife.
Wednesday 8th February 2012 - Rwanda Here I Come
Four days to go and i'll be heading back to Rwanda and the scenic Virunga Volcanoes National Park. I can't wait to be back again with the Mountain Gorillas out there as they are such fun to be with.
I haven't quite packed my gear but the plan is to take the D3s, D3x, 70-200, 28-300, 1.4x and 2x converters along with my 15mm fisheye. No big lenses are needed for this trip which will make a refreshing change. The bag will be complete with my Apple 11" MacBook Air, spare batteries, charger and cards.
Follow the link HERE to see a selection of shots from my 2010 visit out there.
Other news hot off the press is that I will be heading back to Kenya later in the year and the beautiful Masai Mara Reserve. More on this later....
Monday 23rd January 2012 - Happy New Year
Happy New Year to all and welcome to the first blog post for 2012. A couple of new birds already since the start of the year: Black Redstart and Desert Wheatear. I've also been catching up with a few old favourites including Long-eared Owl, Water Rail and the numerous Reed bunting that are around at the moment.
Good news too that I'm heading back to wonderful Rwanda for three days of Gorilla trekking in February so not long now to that and already getting excited about it!
Monday 12th December 2011 - New and Old Birds
Well nothing for months and I then update the blog twice in two days! Since Svalbard i've been out and about at my usual haunts catching up with a few well known birds such as the Water Rail and Wheatear and also a few new ones, notably Little Stint, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis, the very rare White-throated Robin and also the very rare Greater Yellow-legs at Hauxley Nature Reserve in Northumberland.
I was also treated to a wonderful Short-eared Owl encounter a week or so ago. Hopefully in January I will get to see them hunting some more.
Sunday 11th December 2011 - Svalbard, Bears and Walrus
Well it's been a while since I updated the blog and my webpages so here's a few shots from my trip to Svalbard back in early September. A truly magical place which I really enjoy visiting. This time I got to visit the amazing ice cliffs of Austfonna and a glacier cave which I had previously visited two years earlier.
The pack ice had retreated a long way north this year and after a full days traveling we finally had some awesome Polar Bear encounters and the trip was not complete without some simply amazing Walrus encounters, memories of which I will treasure for many years to come.
Monday 26th September 2011 - Salthholme and Beyond : Fragile Earth Exhibition
Well i'm finally back from an amazing trip to Svalbard with hundreds of images to process. I will get round to posting them soon but first I have news of an exciting exhibition that is NOW ON. Called 'Saltholme and Beyond : Fragile Earth Exhibition' it showcases a selection of images from RSPB Saltholme along with other local images and some from much further afield. If you get a chance please visit RSPB Saltholme and take a look in the Wildlife Watchpoint hide. I will be donating 20% to RSPB Saltholme from any sales of images whilst the exhibition is on. Hopefully see you there at some point!
Saturday 13th August 2011 - Svalbard Bound
Polar Bears have been getting a hard time in the press lately and my thoughts go out to those involved in the tragic bear attack. In two weeks time i'll be heading back to the wonderful sights of Svalbard and I can't wait to get back into the cold and ice of such a beautiful place. Here's a few pictures from my last visit there in 2009. Hopefully over the next few months I will have some more pictures of this wilderness to show you so keen checking back!
Friday 12th August 2011 - Studio Portraiture and Sunderland Airshow 2011
Having been gifted a free photo session at Venture Photography in Darlington and seeing their hugely inflated prices for prints and framed displays I decided to have a go at some studio portrait style photography with Matthew myself. The results turned out to be pretty decent considering I wasn't using any studio lighting, flashes, softboxes or umbrellas. For the prices that Venture charge I could buy my own full set of studio gear and do a much better job...
I also spent one day at Sunderland International Airshow 2011 to get some shots of the aircraft displaying their. Unfortunately the weather wasn't quite as kind on the Sunday as it had been on the Saturday but I did get some half decent results. The last remaining airworthy Vulcan 'V' bomber was simply awesome and reminded me so much of childhood visits to airshows. Click on the image below to be taken to the webpage.
Tuesday 5th July 2011 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011
Well the results have come through for this years Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and out of the 20 images I submitted 14 made it through to the first round and 6 into the semi-finals, so pretty pleased with this result. I seem to get a few images into the semi's each year but as yet have not got anything higher - I will just have to try harder, much harder! It will be a few months before the winners are announced so looking forward as always to seeing the outcome. Anyway, here's a handful of the images for you to see all of which as usual are available as prints. Enjoy.
Sunday 26th June 2011 - A Touch of Spring
I've been out and about with the family lately and really like the shot below taken at Wallington National Trust in Northumberland. I know the selective colouring has been done to death but really liked it here with the flaking paint on an old bench. I've been catching up with the Spoonbill at RSPB Saltholme and despite not being in great positions or light to photograph I managed to get a couple of shots. These can be seen if you follow the link to the Heron Page. I managed to get to see the great rarety that was the female White-throated Robin at Hartlepool Headland too which was a bonus. Not a great deal else for you this month i'm afraid so that's all for now.
Monday 30th May 2011 - Nepal Trip
Well it's been a long time since i've updated my blog here as what with work and travelling it's been a busy time for me. My three week trip to Nepal was fantastic so many thanks to Mike & Sarah, Ian, Ken, Mike and Hem for making it so successful. With well over 300 species of birds seen by the group it was pretty impossible to photograph them all. I've finally uploaded the best of the shots to various pages throughout the site with the majority on the page for Miscellaneous Birds. You can also take a look at a compilation of my Nepal pictures on my MobileMe Gallery Page here. The highlight photography wise for me was capturing the Green Bee-eater shown below with a huge Dragonfly. There were lots of bird of prey amongst the sightings as we travelled from Chitwan National Park to Koshi Tappu Nature Reserve in the far south-east of Nepal. Mammals included One-horned Rhino, Great Black Squirrel and an awesome Tiger encounter whilst on an Elephant ride.
For the techies out there my 11" Macbook Air worked a treat allowing me to edit and keep notes on a day-by-day basis. The majority of the shots were taken handheld using the D3s and D3x cameras with the 600mm 4f lens. My 1.4 converter took a pounding on the bumpy roads and during the trip lost a few screws which confined it to the bag for the last few days.
That's about all for now. Hopefully I can get out and about in the UK over the summer months so will post any new stuff here......
Sunday 2nd April 2011 - Knot Not Art
It's been a busy start to the year for me on the work and family front so my photography has been put on the back burner. The days that I have managed to get out have been either poor cold and grey weather or very quiet. I've managed to catch up with some Whooper Swans, Redpoll and one or two other things here and there. I had a brief chance to photograph a Knot roost one one of those grey uninspiring days but rather than pack up and go home I tried something a little more artistic. Hand holding in poor light meant slow shutter speeds so after a few trial and errors I managed to get a few shots that I quite liked, especially once converted to black and white. Some may say it's 'Not Art' but I prefer to call it 'Knot Art'!! I've added these to my Wildlife Art Page so take a look.
Well it's not long to go now until I head off to Nepal with a group of friends so getting very excited about that. Hopefully there will be plenty of opportunities to get some great shots of both the wildlife and culture out there. I will be taking all of my Nikon D3x, D3s and lenses ranging from 12mm to 600mm all packed in the Andy Rouse Cobra. I will also be taking my new 11" Macbook Air for storage and editing when there, it's flash storage, small size and light weight make it ideal for travelling. Keep an eye here for the results.....
Sunday 9th January 2011 - Snow and Foxes
Well first of all Happy New Year to everyone out there, I hope you all had a great festive holiday!! Things have been fairly busy for the last few weeks as following my last post on here Matthew Isaac Clark was born on the 21st of November. I have still managed to get out and about in between despite the bad weather and snow we had and capture a few images. The cold and snow brought the foxes out into the open and on a number of occasions they were seen hunting and even catching birds. Here are a few of my favourite images taken recently of them. More can be seen by visiting my Fox Gallery Page. I'm away at work at the moment so will be updating various pages with new shots so have a look through to see some new images. Until next time, enjoy!
Saturday 20th November 2010 - Murmurations and Squacco Heron
Well over the last couple of weeks i've been watching the local Starling roost on an evening and witnessing some amazing acrobatic displays from the thousands of birds that gather each night. Another new bird this week was the rare Squacco Heron which shortly after I took these shots unfortunately died overnight.
Wednesday 11th November 2010 - Buzzards, Crests and Waxwings
Yet again i'm sorry it's taken me a while to update the blog but things have been busy, busy, busy. Over the last few weeks i've managed to get out and about and the highlights have been some Goldcrests, Rough-legged Buzzards and the start of the Waxwing influx. Hopefully with the latter i'll get some more pictures over the next few weeks. I've updated all the pages and there are now new pages for both the Buzzards and the Waxwings, so have a look at the taster shots below and then check them out!
Hopefully i'll try to keep you more updated with the latest but with my first (and last!) child due to arrive shortly things might once again be fairly quiet on here. In the meantime why not check out Darren Clark Photography on facebook for the most up to date news.
Monday 4th October 2010 - Wedding Pictures
Thursday 23st September 2010 - Whiskered Tern & Firecrest
Well two updates in less than a week, it must be something special. Finally getting through the backlog of pictures from the last few months and here are a couple of nice shots of the Juvenile Whiskered Tern that made an appearance at RSPB Saltholme and a really beautiful Firecrest from Hartlepool Headland.
Tuesday 21st September 2010 - Wild Alaska and Grizzly Bears
Sorry that it has been so long since i've updated the blog but i've had a hectic few months with work, travelling and other things. I'm now in the process of updating and adding new pages to the site so keep an eye out here. Firstly is a new page packed full of wonderful Grizzly Bears from the Katmai Coast of Alaska. I spent 12 amazing days in Alaska onboard the Waters with Captain Mike, Brad the Guide and not to mention Cathy's amazing cooking! Andy Rouse and the rest of the gang made for a superbly enjoyable experience. I've also started a new page of Bald Eagles as they were everywhere as you would expect out there in Alaska.
I also shot a wedding recently so will be adding this to my website over the coming months once i've finalised the layout and images.
Plans are underway for 2011 with a trip to Nepal and also back to Svalbard on the MS Stockholm.
That's all for now.
Friday 25th June 2010 - Portraits and Touring Cars
I've just uploaded some new portraits taken at the recent British Touring Car Championships at Croft Circuit. The models were very obliging to having their pictures taken and some of the drives made for some good shots too! Something a little different from my usual wildlife photograph anyway, so check them out on the Portraits Page.
I've also uploaded a whole page of cars taken at the event including the British Touring Car Championship, Porsche Cup, Formula 3000 Racing, Ginetta Racing and Renault Clio Cup. Check these out on the Touring Car Page.
Monday 14th June 2010 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
I just found out that out of the fifteen entries I made to the 2010 Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, five made it through to the first round and ten made it through to the semi-finals. Needless to say i'm increadibly happy with this result and hopefully next year I will have more success at this annual competition that showcases the very best nature photography. Some of the images are now available on my Prints Page so take a look there.
Thursday 13th May 2010 - MobileMe Gallery
Just a quick note to let you that I am now uploading a lot of my latest images to my Apple MobileMe Gallery page so why not take a look there. I've been out and about lately shooting in Scotland and locally and here are a few of my newest images. First a few local Dipper shots, these birds are such fun to watch bobbing up and down and swimming through the torrents catching insects to feed on.
And here's one or two others from the last couple of weeks. Yellow Wagtail have been showing very well at my local RSPB Saltholme reserve, a chirpy Corn Bunting and finally a Buzzard from Scotland.
Saturday 17th April 2010 - Rwanda's Awesome Gorillas
Hello once again. Well after a very busy and simply amazing trip to the beautiful country of Rwanda i've finally got round to processing the images. Rwanda is not only about the awesome Gorilla, it's the people that make it such a special place. Everywhere you look there are smiling faces that are happy to see you. I hope these pictures inspire you to go out there and help save the last of the Mountain Gorillas.
Saturday 17th April 2010 - Switch to Nikon
Having had two brand new Canon 1D Mk4 cameras fail over the last month I have decided to switch systems from Canon to Nikon. The superior sensor quality of the D3x and high ISO performance of the D3s along with a superb range of lenses and a far better auto focus system to the Canon helped to make the decision final. So over the coming months i'll be trying out and getting used to this new system and hopefully will have some even better images to post.
That's all for now, i'm off to make the most of the nice weather!
Tuesday 16th March 2010 - New Pictures Uploaded
I've finally got round to getting some html editing software installed on my Mac so have updated some of the pages and added new pictures. There are a few more Snipe now on the Snipe Page, one or two more shots on the Ducks Page and a completely new page for the Great Crested Grebe i've been photographing recently. There are one or two other pictures elsewhere too!
Tuesday 9th March 2010 - Snipe & Little Owl
Well I've been out and about this last month shooting various things here and there and the latest is these great Common Snipe shots. I'll be adding more to the Snipe Page over the next few weeks but here is a taster couple of shots for you. I've also been watching a lovely Little Owl on an evening in the hope of getting some shots of it in some nice light. So far my success has been a bit hit and miss but I'll keep on trying until I get some shots I'm happy with!
Not long now to my trip to Rwanda to photograph the amazing mountain Gorillas so can't wait for that as it should be an amazing life changing experience.
I've also sold one of my Canon 1D Mk3 cameras and am now using the 1D Mk4 as my main camera. It's 16MP sensor and higher ISO performance is already allowing me to get shots I could not get before. If also takes full 1080HD video so i'm gonna have a play around with that over the coming months.
That's it for now but don't forget to keep an eye on Twitter for my latest news.
Wednesday 27th January 2010 - Competition Results
I'm very pleased to say that my recent entries into the local RSPB Saltholme Big Photo Competition did very well indeed. All the effort and patience finally paid off for me.
I won first place in the landscape category with this shot of a flock Canada Geese flying over Saltholme Pool with the Tees-side petrochemical industry behind.
Second place in the wildlife category went to this shot of a Greenfinch feeding on seeds of the last of the summers sunflowers. I also had a total of nine Highly Commended pictures in the competition ranging from my Starling Murmurations to a Water Rail with reflection.
All of the photographs from the competition are in an exhibition at RSPB Saltholme now so please go and take a look and help to support the RSPB.
Tuesday 26th January 2010 - Move to the Mac
Sorry that things have been very quiet recently on the blog but i'm in the process of converting from Microsoft and my poor old PC to a new and shiny Apple Mac. I've never used an Apple machine before so it's a steep learning curve and so far I have to say that I am very impressed. I'll keep you posted on how things go!
Friday 15th January 2010 - Black & White Snow Shot
Just added to the Landscapes Page this lovely black and white image of a snowy Norwich city snapped on my Canon G10 whilst heading to work last week.
Monday 11th January 2010 - Water Rail on Ice
Whilst I'm away I've been busily processing some more pictures in the queue from last weeks outings including some more Water Rail on Ice shots and also a short sequence of rare Bittern flight shots that were taken at RSPB Saltholme last week. It was a rare opportunity to see this secretive bird and although the shots are not great (taken at a huge distance with a 600mm + 1.4x converter) seeing it out in the open was such a great experience.
Friday 8th January 2010 - Happy New Year!
Well first of all Happy New Year to one and all and wishing you all the best for 2010!
I just thought I would share this little fella with you which was taken last week out in the snow. I've never had the opportunity to get this close to a Brown Hare and he seemed pretty happy bounding about but it wasn't long before he decided to try and settle down in a comfy little hollow out of the cold!
I'm currently away at work and over the next few weeks will be processing a huge backlog of Water Rail pictures taken at my local RSPB centre at Saltholme so watch this space and check out the Water Rail Page over the next few weeks for some new shot additions. So until next time, bye for now....
Monday 14th December 2009 - Merry Christmas!
Well sorry things have once again been quiet on the blog but i've been back and forth more times than I can remember and in between suffering from a sever stomach bug I have been trying to get out and about with the camera despite the grey, dull and damp weather. Anyway, here's one of my latest pictures to be processed, it's a Male Eider with freshly caught Crab, taken in Girvan Harbour, Scotland.
I'm heading away again next week and probably won't be around anymore until after the festive period so here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Many thanks for all your support in 2009 and all the best for 2010.
Thursday 12th November 2009 - Fireworks
Sat on the train on the way to London for a meeting and processing some pictures. Water Rail have been showing very well over the last few days so here is a few shots of the little critter. Will be processing some more pictures on the journey home as have a huge stack of firework display pictures to trawl through from last week.
On the train on the way home now and have finished processing last weeks fireworks from the Hartlepool display on 7th November 2009. Anyway, here's a nice bright composition of of the results so enjoy.
Hopefully will get a few more days out and about before I head back offshore to work so fingers crossed for some nice weather for a change!
Monday 9th November 2009 - Starling Murmurations
Wednesday 4th November 2009 - Deer Rut
Have had a fairly busy few days lately and despite the rotten weather have managed a few hours photography here and there. Whilst continuing to test the Cobra Backpack I took it to Studley Royal Park at Fountains Abbey near Ripon. This allowed me to get some shots of it in the field for publicity purposes and also allowed me to take some pictures of the Deer Rut amongst the beautiful autumn tree colours.
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