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sapper
4th December 2008, 11:11 AM
I am off to Donna Nook to photograph the seals with the Safari group on Sunday and need some info re which lens to use. I thought, the 50-200mm with the 1.4 converter. Anyone bin there and can give advice?
Dave.

alert_bri
4th December 2008, 11:47 AM
Hi Dave,

really looking forward to it! your 50-200mm with 1.4 converter will be perfectly fine... you may not even need the converter!

Here's a shot I took last year with the E-3 + 50-200mm SWD
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/90112670/original.jpg

I'll be bringing the 35-100mm f2 with me, so if you want to try that, and the converter you may get some awesome shots!

Remember to wrap up warm :)

For anyone else wishing to join us, details are here :

Donna Nook meeting info. (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=106478543555192071681.000451a5a3d65746758d7&ll=53.475481,0.146427&spn=0.044392,0.132179&z=14)

p.s. I'll be bringing my checking print of our Exhibition Book for everyone to see... it looks like the book is going to make it onto Blurb's best sellers list! woohoo *chr

Click here to see our Olympus Exhibition Book One preview. (http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/461006)

Cheers

Brian

art frames
4th December 2008, 12:16 PM
Dave and Brian

I'd love to be there but it is too far but I am going to Lincoln next wednesday and might justify the trip!. Is the centre open every day?

thanks

Peter

alert_bri
4th December 2008, 12:22 PM
Hi Peter - it's an open car park, not a closed nature reserve.

You should be able to go any time, just check the weather and tides.

Cheers

Brian

sapper
4th December 2008, 12:25 PM
Hi Peter - it's an open car park, not a closed nature reserve.

You should be able to go any time, just check the weather and tides.

Cheers

Brian

Not sure the reserve is open during the week, I was under the impression that it is an MOD firing range, used during the week.

alert_bri
4th December 2008, 12:30 PM
I know there's a bombing range nearby, but I can't see anywhere saying if/when the beach would be closed.

Here are a couple of references :

http://www.lincsuk.com/donnanookseals.htm
http://www.renew.freeuk.com/newholl/seals.html

I'll be there this Sunday at 10am... bring a flask!

Kind Regards

Brian

sapper
4th December 2008, 12:40 PM
I know there's a bombing range nearby, but I can't see anywhere saying if/when the beach would be closed.

Here are a couple of references :

http://www.lincsuk.com/donnanookseals.htm
http://www.renew.freeuk.com/newholl/seals.html

I'll be there this Sunday at 10am... bring a flask!

Kind Regards

Brian

You are correct Brian, we just have to watch out for red flags.
This is where I got my info from
http://www.wildsight.co.uk/articles/donna-nook.html
I read it wrong, this is what it says, "Visiting the sandbanks is strictly controlled due to weekday Ministry of Defence (MoD) activities. The reserve is leased to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust but owned by the MoD and frequently used as a bombing range. WARNING: Do not walk out to the dunes if red flags are flying. There is no MoD activity at weekends and Bank Holidays, so these are the times to plan your visit."
He also says that they are best photographed at low tide which according to this site, http://www.pol.ac.uk/ntslf/tides/?port=0026 is at 06:06 and 18:30 if I read it correctly.
Cheers.

art frames
4th December 2008, 12:43 PM
Thank you both for the advice I will read more but the wildlife trust is very reassuring on access and bombing!

It says

Weekdays are the best time to visit; the narrow lanes and car park get very congested at weekends.

But most exciting was this update...
Monday 1 December
330 bulls, 990 cows, 1216 pups.

So you may see one or two! have a good time and I hope to get to an event soon Brian.

regards

peter

DerekC
4th December 2008, 12:54 PM
During the week you can normally get to the fence line where the Seals are but not on the beach.
The are plenty of signs regarding the bombing range.

He's a shot taken on the 16th November.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/PB164889_copy.jpg


Derek

alert_bri
4th December 2008, 01:56 PM
That's lovely Derek - was it taken from behind the fence? and will you be with us this Sunday?

I have your double page spread in the Exhibition Book to show - I've had some impressed comments from people seeing your Tornado shot!

Kind Regards

Brian

DerekC
4th December 2008, 04:03 PM
Hi Brian, Yes it was taken from behind the fence. E3 + 70-300.
There are many photographic options even from behind the fence.
Some of the seals on the day we went were coming right up to the fence.

There has been a large increasing in pups since the 16th November.
The total then was 595 pups.

Not sure about Sunday due to house move/sale.

Regards

Derek

Makonde
4th December 2008, 04:21 PM
Here's a real, wild one taken by my 18 y/o daughter on expedition in the Arctic this year:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3016/2763352277_af18100c24_b.jpg
- but with a little Canon Ixus. Her first camera - did well! Particularly in cold conditions where light weight and small size was critical. She has a good eye and I was a proud dad.

mike_j
4th December 2008, 06:54 PM
I'm intending to make it on Sunday, weather permitting, if only because I have used it as an excuse to avoid an excruciatingly formal social event.

I think it will be hot soup and thermals though! Hope to meet some of you there.

Ellie
4th December 2008, 10:52 PM
Oh wow, I'll be with you in spirit on Sunday, it's somewhere I'd love to go. I've never seen seals in the wild.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the lovely pictures you're sure to take :)

DerekW
5th December 2008, 05:04 PM
I went to Donna Nook in November 2004, most impressive, took lots of pictures, one draw back is the shadows of the spectators falling on the Seals in the low morning sun.

I only had a 50-200mm lens which was fine unless you are after the up nostril shot.

Here is one of my pics
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Rb147051r.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1398)

Rod Souter
7th December 2008, 05:14 PM
From today

That's My Boy!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/That_s_my_boy_800x600.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10852)

sapper
7th December 2008, 08:38 PM
Brian Mosley and Nick webster heading out to sea, last seen around 11.45 am today.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/C079844.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10874)

skyman1
7th December 2008, 09:41 PM
Great Day here is one of mine 'Peek a boo' :)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/698/PC075471-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10883)

sapper
7th December 2008, 09:55 PM
A proper one from me.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/C079707.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10885)

skyman1
7th December 2008, 10:04 PM
Got this one standing still *yes

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/698/PC075396-11.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10879)

Makonde
7th December 2008, 10:39 PM
A proper one from me.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/C079707.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10885)
That's a nice one!

mike_j
9th December 2008, 02:54 PM
Couple from Donna Nook on Sunday

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PC079585.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10974)

The seals are very obliging

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PC079544.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10973)

A lone Oly TOG in among the bombing markers

Ellie
11th December 2008, 12:07 PM
Some fabulous pictures.

I must say though that Sapper's is my absolute favourite. It's one of those "classic" seal pictures *chr

sapper
11th December 2008, 12:41 PM
Thanks Ellie, always nice to get positive comments.

alert_bri
12th December 2008, 08:00 PM
Hello everyone,

really enjoyed our outing to Donna Nook, here are a couple of my favourites from the day, but I think your shot Dave is a classic - Well Done!

E-3 + 50-200mm SWD
1/1000s f/3.5 at 200.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/106800726/original.jpg

1/1250s f/3.5 at 200.0mm iso100
http://www.pbase.com/bmosley/image/106796692/original.jpg

Kind Regards

Brian

Rod Souter
12th December 2008, 08:39 PM
Another one from last Sunday

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Time_for_food_720x540.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11067)

Rod