Luminarium, originally uploaded by Ben909.

We visited the Levity III luminarium today, which is currently visiting Lydney. It's basically a large maze of colour, curves and geometry...
If any local visitors to this blog can find the time to visit before it leaves, I recommend you do.
Levity III is inspired by the beauty of natural geometry and by Islamic architecture. It features winding passages of small domes inspired by repetitious forms found in the bazaards of Iran.

Grace (infrared)

Grace (infrared), originally uploaded by Ben909.

I finally committed to getting my old 450D converted for IR. This is just a test shot really, so that I could experience the novelty of shooting a living, moving thing in IR (I'm used to exposures of several minutes when shooting IR). The coverted camera is not a replacement to shooting IR through a filter - I'll still be doing that too. The conversion uses a stronger filter than I'm used to (colour will be very limited - this hasn't been converted to b/w), and should make for some interesting shots once I've got to grips with it. This was taken at 1/60 sec at ISO100.


Muntjac, Forest of Dean, originally uploaded by Ben909.

This is another species I'd been really keen on capturing this year. Whilst I haven't really managed quite what I wanted, I'm still pleased. These are the hardest deer to see in the Forest of Dean, partly because they're so small, and also because they don't exist in any great number here. This was captured a couple of evenings ago. I'm really hoping to improve on this shot some time. I could hardly believe my eyes this evening when I saw one of these chasing a fox! I was in no position to get a picture though, so had to make do with just watching.

Silver Birch

Silver Birch, IR, originally uploaded by Ben909.

An infra-red shot of a path lined by silver birch in the forest.

Fox Cub

Fox Cub, Forest of Dean, originally uploaded by Ben909.

I've been noticing the evenings drawing in a bit, so I've been having a bit of a panic regarding various ongoing wildlife projects, and had little time for Flickr or much else. I think some of it will just have to wait until next year. One thing I really wanted to capture this year was fox cubs. Those plans were spoiled a month or so ago, and I'd all but given up for this year. However, a turn of fortune has resulted in this, hopefully the first of more to come. I photographed this cub at about 9.30 in the evening, hand-held at 1/25 sec, F5.6, ISO3200. I'm hoping next time that I'll manage an earlier shot, and next year, I will get those tiny cub pictures I've been after :)


Boing!, originally uploaded by Ben909.

A fallow deer in flight in the Forest of Dean.