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Donna Nook

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?
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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


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.

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

Click here to see our Olympus Exhibition Book One preview.

Cheers

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Re: Donna Nook

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

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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

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Re: Donna Nook

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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.
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Re: Donna Nook

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!

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Re: Donna Nook

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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.
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Re: Donna Nook

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.

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Re: Donna Nook

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.



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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!

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Re: Donna Nook

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.

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Here's a real, wild one taken by my 18 y/o daughter on expedition in the Arctic this year:

- 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.
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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.
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Re: Donna Nook

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
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Re: Donna Nook

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
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