The European Eagle Owl was once fairly common in Britain. However, as is all too common, the birds became extinct in the wild thanks to human persecution. However this wonderful bird has started to reappear in parts of the UK. Eagle Owls are absolutely enormous, you really have to see one in the flesh to […]

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  • Mag D - February 24, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    What a beautiful portrait of Ethel the Eagle Owl, all fluffed up. I have never seen one of these Owls. Thank you.

  • Lindsay - February 24, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    There are some apparently in the wild now – that must be quite a sight if you happen upon one! Otherwise sanctuaries and bird of prey centres may have them. Ethel lives at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, along with several other beautiful native owls.

  • Stephen Scharf - February 27, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Wow! Ethel is gorgeous, stunning photo, Lindsay. I’ve never seen an eagle owl, either.

  • Lindsay - February 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Thank you Stephen, Ethel it is very beautiful and her talons are big enough and strong enough to crush the skull of a small deer!

  • Alpha Whiskey Photography - October 24, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Great B+W image.

    I’m a recent convert to the EM5 from my FX Nikon, and love the way it renders all subjects, especially wildlife. Some B+Ws of mine:


  • Lindsay Dobson - October 25, 2013 - 10:25 am

    AW – ovely wildlife shots on your Blog! The system is great for wildlife photography given the crop factor and therefore the reach of many of the available lenses, at a size which enables one to comfortably carry the equipment all day, something I could not do easily with large bodies and lenses.

The PZ 14-42 Pancake Zoom Lens is a fairly recent addition to my Micro 4/3 lens lineup and I have to say, the more I use this little lens, the more I love it. Owning anything which might be described as a “kit lens” usually comes with a series of compromises, such as a slow […]

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  • Paul Crouse - February 22, 2013 - 12:27 am

    Oh, Lindsay!
    Now you are making me miss London.
    I really want to spend the day wandering around the Tate Modern.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Paul Crouse
    Kyoto, Japan

  • Lindsay - February 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Paul, I will happily swap places with you! (-: I find London a tiring place, there are a few boltholes, but not quite in the same league as what you have in Kyoto!

  • Mag D - February 23, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Super write-up Lindsay. Photos are just great, a whole new insight to back streets of London. St. Paul’s magnificent building, photographed to perfection. Tate Modern very impressive. Loved them all. Thank you.

  • DRichards - March 21, 2013 - 11:16 pm

    Great pictures. I’ve just got the X100 and this inspires me to go an explore London. Thanks

  • Lindsay - March 22, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    DRichards – many thanks for the kind comment, I think you’ll have a lot of fun with your X100, it’s ideal for city photography.

  • Chris Kelly - March 23, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    I really like your work Lindsay – you see things in the same way as I try to.
    I bought an OM-D E5 in November and I’m still adjusting to it after many years using Nikon FF. Love the form factor. I have been using the 12-50 kit lens but seeing your results with the PZ14-42 I am seriously tempted! I have the 45 f1.8, which is a great little lens.

  • Lindsay - March 25, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Hi Chris, the 14-42 is a very useful little lens, making the OMD compact enough to carry under a coat or jacket. The copy I have is very sharp, in fact I was using it in the studio over the weekend and it was great. I agree the 45 is terrific, gorgeous for portraits.

  • Vito Bruschini - November 30, 2013 - 9:31 am

    I’d like me to take photos of Rome with love as you take photos of London.
    Sorry for my bad english.

  • Lindsay Dobson - November 30, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Thank you Vito, Rome is a wonderful place for photography!

I am now accumulating a really nice collection of Micro four thirds zoom lenses and I have to say I’m blown away by the optical quality of most of them. The Panasonic 100-300 is quite an extreme lens in many ways, since it offers a field of view equivalent to 200-600mm in general 35mm terms. […]

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  • Mag D - February 18, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Thank you, once again, for sharing your knowledge and expertise. As a very amateur photographer, I do enjoy your write-ups, quite fascinating, and also very helpful.

How to choose a wedding photographer is without doubt a well worn topic within the many bridal and wedding photography magazines. There is certainly some variance when it comes to the quality of the advice offered and I believe that a common sense approach is always best. I’m not a wedding photographer, but as an […]

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  • Mag D - February 15, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    “How to Choose Wedding Photographer”….. brilliant write-up Lindsay. I can think of quite a few people I know that will benefit from your advice and utter dedication to, what is for some people, a once in a lifetime session. Thank you, really enjoyed reading through your ‘special’ notes, all gained from your years of study and experience.

Have you ever worked so hard for something, only to find that when you achieve it the feeling is somehow surreal? Because that’s how I’m feeling today …… I’ve realised my biggest ambition – I’ve gained my BIPP Fellowship distinction (British Institute of Professional Photography).  I think any photographer who has been through the distinction […]

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  • Mag D - February 12, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    What a fantastic achievement Lindsay. Reading your write-up was amazing, so full of vigour, enthusiasm, dedication and absolute stamina. Words fail me. Remarkable results, thank you again for many, many hours of sheer bliss spent looking at your work.

  • Lindsay - February 12, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Thank you Mag. As I think any photographer would agree, it means a great deal to us when our images give others some pleasure or perhaps some inspiration if they are keen photographers.

  • Michelle Whitmore - February 13, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    The best news I’ve heard in a long time and so justly deserved – congratulations xx

  • Lindsay - February 13, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Thank you Michelle – praise indeed from one of my favourite photographers! xx

  • Nat - February 15, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Hardly a surprise Lindsay given the vast number of awards youve won for your amazing photography. But I know what you mean about the vindication side of things, like you I’m hypercritical of my own work and photography is a form of art so it goes with the territory that not everyone will understand what we do why we do it. Yep – my family don’t “get” what I do so I’m with you on that one!

    As you know you’ve inspired me massively over the years and your help and advice has made a big difference to me. You’ve always been accessible and so helpful whenever I’ve needed a sounding board. This has prompted me to go back to the Licentiate panel I started putting together a year ago, but gave up on! Don’t ever change. Nat xx

  • John Barnes - February 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Lindsay, I have just read this blog post of yours. This is fantastic news, I am so so pleased for you. As a follower of your work, all the blog entries you post and how much you give back to the industry and inspire others, this is so richly deserved. I say this alongside the amazing imagery you produce and kindly share with us. You are deservedly recognised as being at the top of your profession. All the very best and very well done ! John.

  • Maria Michael - February 15, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Your words were so moving Lindsay, more so for the little that I have come to know of you. But you have reached out and touched me in a way you possible did not expect.

    Your images were the ones that caught my eye when I first joined The Societies. They took my passion for capturing the unique personality of each animal and catapulted them into something truly remarkable.

    Through your emails you inspired me, giving me the push I needed to start to believe in myself and my images.

    Sometimes in life we almost begin to behave as though our circumstances, physical differences or emotional challenges, deny us the right to believe in ourselves and our ability to achieve our dreams. We want others to believe in us and travel by ourside, sharing every step with encouragement, as if somehow that protects us from the fall we have already prophesied.

    The truth is, only once we commit ourselves to take that journey alone, with a determination that is almost as instinctive as the taking of a breath, do we realise that we cannot ask others to believe in our dream, if we do not yet even believe in ourselves.

    However, once you are able to find the confidence and inner strength, suddenly everyone around you can feel the change and it liberates you, empowering you to seek new challenges with positivity and success – and look at what you have achieved already!

    As I have said before, let this fellowship be your shield to protect you from any negativity and doubt, and your inner voice that reminds you everyday, how remarkable you are.

  • Lindsay - February 15, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    John and Nat, thank you very much indeed for the kind comments. John, I’ve seen your work could grow over the last couple of years and I look forward to seeing more of your images this year.

    Nat, when I last saw your prospective Licentiate panel I felt you were very close to having a good submission. I’m sure now you’re even closer.

  • Lindsay - February 15, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    What lovely words, Maria. I do try very hard to capture the spirit of my subjects, no matter how simple the animal. The key to this is observation and timing, we need to react very quickly. I’m quite sure you’ll reach your goals, the passion you have for your subject is undeniable. As you say, we have to believe in ourselves, rather than worrying about the extent to which others may believe in us. Yes, confidence is a great motivator and we all find confidence in different ways. I tend to need black and white documentary evidence of my achievements, perhaps due to my former academic life in the scientific field. I’ll look forward to watching you grow and develop over the coming year Maria.

  • steve murray - February 28, 2013 - 12:31 am

    A beautiful collection of work, Lindsay, immaculately presented and framed with an artists eye for detail. Congratulations on gaining a richly deserved distinction in photography.

  • Lindsay - February 28, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Thank you for the kind comment Steve, it’s much appreciated.

As a portrait photographer I enjoy creating portraits of all living things, not just human beings. The animal world is so diverse and so fascinating that I find such photography utterly compelling. Precisely for that reason I also have a separate pet and animal photography area to the website, which can be accessed via the […]

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  • Stephen Scharf - February 11, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    I remember this photo in color, Lindsay, but it certainly works beautifully in monochrome.


In my previous post which is here: Butterflies at Wisley  I talked about my visit to the butterfly exhibition at Wisley Gardens in Surrey. On that occasion I was equipped with my Olympus OMD and the only Micro 4/3 lens which I currently possess with close-up capability, the 12-50 kit lens. Many of you will […]

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  • Mag D - February 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    Absolutely stunning photographs. The Butterflies look so true to life, I felt they would fly away !!!! Ducks are stunning, happy and healthy, and obviously liked being photographed. Some really beautiful flowers, Orchids that I have never seen before. I will look at all of the photos again, an absolute joy.

  • Stephen Scharf - February 11, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Mag D is right, stunning photos, Lindsay! The X10 is struttin’ it’s stuff…what a wonderful camera. I find the Macro and Super Macro funtions work really well, too.

    Abosutely love the duck photo….


  • Lindsay - February 12, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Thank you both for the kind comments. Stephen – the X10 always makes me smile, I’m so fond of that little camera!

  • Jamie - February 19, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Lovely photos! Are these jpegs straight out of the camera? If post-processed, would you mind sharing what you did? I too have an x10 & love it to bits.

  • Lindsay - February 20, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Hi Jamie, I always shoot JPEG with the X 10, mainstream RAW support is inadequate however this is not a problem because the JPEGs are exceptional with a lot of latitude for processing. Having said that, I have done very little to these, just a minor Curves adjustment for contrast in Lightroom 4. I too love my X 10!

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