Fore Wood Video

Over the last few days I’ve been making another micro-film about a spot near me.  Fore Wood is a small RSPB reserve which is covered in woodland and has some really nice, quiet wooded trails.  I’m still getting used to filming and editing video, which is so much more fiddly and time consuming than taking and editing a photo.  But I think I’m slowly improving and once I get used to hearing my own voice on clips I might like it a bit more (FYI if anyone fancies doing free voice-over work then feel free to get in touch!  It will save me cringing the first five times I see my finished video…).

So here is my latest offering, Fore Wood in 101 seconds. To watch it in HD on the Vimeo website click here or else enjoy the slight blurriness of it below:


By the way this is all filmed using my dSLR (a Canon 550D) without a tripod or any other kit except a cheap, digital sound recorder.  I’m amazed at what you can get out of these relatively cheap bits of kit and if you have an SLR I think you should turn it onto video mode and see what you can do!

New Year/New Things

Well happy new year everybody, long time no talk.  I’ve been pretty busy over the last month with Christmas, job hunting, a stinking cold and on top of that I just hadn’t really felt like picking up my camera.  But I did eventually take a few snaps so here they are:


Something a bit smaller…. and leggier…

Well I’ve been focussing on birds quite a lot recently because that’s what most conservation focusses on in this country.  Britain is bird mad and the number of people turning up with binoculars and telescopes to back up their cameras with long lenses shows this is no less true out on Skomer.  In one sense this makes sense, there are no large mammals out here (a single Muntjack deer made it out here under its own steam in the recent past).  We do have our own subspecies of vole, some shrews, mice, lizards and slow worms…. but thats about it really.

So I went down the size scale the other day and found a good old spider, one of the Pardosa species that is commonly found in grassland all over the country, even on islands!

This little guy was making the most of the sunshine and warm conditions down amongst the vegetation.  Wolf spiders like this one get their name due to their highly active hunting technique which entails them roaming the leaf litter and grasslands to run down small invertebrates to eat.  As a true Brit this family of spiders is usually quite dull in colour but they can get quite colourful elsewhere, just take a look at the Peacock Spider from overseas! (maybe skip over the slow start of this clip…)