First - a big THANK YOU for taking the time to visit MY Photography & Blog Page.
I appreciate there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of photographers out there, doing exactly the same: sharing their images with the world, just for the sake of sharing. I am no different and what follows, is a blog that is very much homespun along these very same lines. I suppose arguably, if we take the more fashionable meaning of the word: it's not even a blog. I also profess freely, that the possessive MY is undeniably selfish, as some of the images in the galleries were taken by my ever patient wife, as without her contributions 'off-camera', there would be no MY Photography & Blog Page.
As you will see, my interests centre on two main themes: nature and the world around us; although occasionally I do throw a little black & white imagery into the mix. But let me stress - I am very much the amateur, and employ photography to complement a penchant for the great outdoors. Nevertheless, I do enjoy the challenge and dynamic that photography brings to the table; and of course, the personal satisfaction in sharing the results. Combined, it's a great way to keep the mind, body and sole active.
Nuthatch - Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
The galleries provide a personal record of our physical and/or earthly engagement with a time, a place and a subject. The opportunity to now share these images with you, is very much the icing on the cake and wraps up our avocation nicely. So we truly hope you enjoy the images posted under the flag: emilebaudot.
Emperor Dragonfly - Somerset
The images galleried in Our Encounters With The Natural World are individually identified and I have gone to some lengths to ensure the information you see, corresponds to the image depicted. However, there may well be some animal or insect species where my identification is incorrect. If you should identify an error, please don't hesitate to contact me via any of my social media links above or directly by email. In a small number of cases, you may see the label NYID, this indicates that the displayed image has not yet been identified. For anyone that is interested, I have provided a few helpful websites used during my endeavours to identify my avian, flora and fauna collections.
River Frome - Near Stroud, Gloucestershire
Before diving into the galleries, a quick mention as to why I use the handle - emilebaudot.
Jean-Maurice Émile Baudot was a 19th Century French telegraph and telecommunications pioneer, whose name was later given to a French cable ship, built for maintaining French and Anglo-French communication cables. However, during the beach evacuations of allied troops from Dunkirk in 1940, the vessel was pressed into service by the Royal Navy and as you will see, it’s this link that connects to me to the name.
I adopted the pseudonym to pay tribute to my dear late Father, who served a significant amount of his WW2 Royal Navy service, on board the HMCS Emile Baudot.
My Dad was a truly wonderful man and taken before I could say goodbye. Nevertheless, he is present in memory and walks with me still.
To read more about me please visit an article by US blogger, Laura Ganz.
Article: An interview With emilebaudot.
I am a huge fan of micro four-thirds cameras and in particular the Lumix DC-G9 and DC-G80. My work-horse lens is the Pan/Leica 100-400mm ƒ/4-6.3 ASPH Power OIS DG Vario-Elmar, supported by the Pan/Leica 12-60mm ƒ2.8-4 DG Vario-Elmarit, the Pan/Leica 8-18mm ƒ2.8-4 DG Vario-Elmarit ƒ2.8-4 Wide-angle Zoom and the Olympus M.ZUIKO 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens.
For lighting, I use a Godox VING V860IIO TTL Li-Ion Flash and a Godox X1T-O Wireless 2.4 GHZ TTL/HSS Trigger for off camera subject lighting.
Lumix DC-G9 with 100-400mm lens & power pack - image whyoubuy
Please CLICK on the image above to direct you to three of my favourite galleries. They represent just a small selection of wildlife images, collected from around the United Kingdom over the last few years.
Most of images are my own and mainly captured using my Lumix DC-G9 camera with Panasonic Leica or Olympus lenses. However, a number of my earlier efforts, were captured using an Olympus OMD E-M-10 MkII and Leica 100-400mm zoom lens.
Again let me emphasise, that I am very much the amateur photographer. Today, there are so many incredibly talented wildlife photographers around and when it comes to capturing nature I can only look and learn. Furthermore, the opportunity and appetite to record nature - up close and personal, only came to me late in life: when I had time to reflect and to think outside the box. Nevertheless, I consider myself fortunate, that I am now able to add this challenging dynamic, to my time in the great outdoors.
I also wish to highlight, that a significant number of the images you see, are largely attributable to my wife, who's undoubtedly the best 'spotter' I could wish for. I have also included a number of images she captured using a Lumix DC-TZ95 or more recently, her Lumix DC-G80.
Once again I THANK those who take the time to explore these galleries. I hope you enjoy them.
Afterwards, take a look some my own personal photographer favourites, who are outstanding, inspirational and beautifully showcase what can be achieved: Marina Cano, Ami Vitale, Paul Nicklin and Craig Jones
I have long been interested in black and white photography. For me, monochrome has a unique property, producing a fabulous impression of a two dimensional clarity, that my mind can easily process. In other words (subconsciously at least), it's in front of you, in back and white and for anyone of my generation, it is perhaps this simple characteristic, that also provides a background association with the past and in some cases a degree of nostalgia.
Today, the camera is instinctively employed by anyone who wishes to create a record of anything they wish. This could be a single moment in time: for good or evil, or to allow their minds to recall some bygone tangible object which they later intend to keep or share with others. Furthermore, with the exponential development of high quality cameras in our mobile phones, cameras are now commonly used to create a contemporaneous record of time; and when put to good use, have an unparalleled capacity to reconcile the artist in us. It is clear that the creation of any visual record, paints a thousand words in our minds; particularly when they lay bare today’s dangerous, lightening-fast world or show the wonderful, yet fragile world we all share. So it follows that in some cases, by employing black and white, the photographer is better equipped to sell their story to the viewer.
Our Collections portfolio, includes two galleries: the House of Black and White and, the Gallery. Both of these exhibit a selection of images recorded using my hardworking Lumix DC-G9 camera with various Leica lenses. I have also included a number of images taken by my wife, whose uses either a Lumix DC-TZ95 or DC-G80 camera. Most of the images were recorded handheld, using natural light.
Our earlier images were mainly recorded in .jpg format and processed using basic Apple photographic software. However, more recently, we have been shooting in RAW format, and processing the images using DxO Photolab 6, Topaz Photo AI and Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.
A black and white image that generates. happy times.
A memory of bad times. Taken during Lockdown 2021
Everyday life and social record