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Hi and Bye!


I’m off for a few days break away from The Q and will return bright and early on The Morning Show of the 12th September.

It’s lovely for Tracey and I to spend time with Ali and Jack before they go back to uni to start their second year.

I’ll hopefully get some photo opportunities and will share any half decent ones with you. It’s funny as you try and progress with wildlife photography. First you’re just happy that you have your subject in the frame, no matter how small or distant, then you try and get closer to see more detail and focus, then you attempt to create a more pleasing composition, rather than just a snapshot.

That’s kind of where I am at the moment – I’ve achieved some reasonably sharp close ups of wildlife, mostly birds, snakes and lizards, but the hard part is introducing that into it’s natural habitat and making a “picture”.

No doubt I’ll spend many years trying to get there and will enjoy every minute of the journey even if I never reach my destination!

bird 2Here are two pics for you – the first a proud Grey Wagtail pictured feeding on the rocks of the Chiswick Park waterfall, despite it’s name as you’ll see, it has a stunning yellow plumage.



The second is a beautiful Goldfinch – I do have a closer shot but, as above I’m trying to create more of a picture? Looking at the picture warms and lifts me (particularly when it’s raining).

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I’m sorry that we don’t publish very high resolution pictures in our blogs, but hopefully you’ll get a flavour of the original.

If there any fellow photographers, amateur or professional, I’d love any tips or suggestions. Feel free to leave a comment below – please be kind ;)

Anyway, I hope we have good weather that lasts well into September and hope you enjoyed a great summer!

Until next time stay happy and well composed !

Dale x


  1. sarah charitos September 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    Photos are fabulous!! Enjoy your break away x

    • Dale Franklin September 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Sarah, occasionally I get a good one and very occasionally a great one – I don’t show the ones in between ;) x

  2. Christine Auchterlonie September 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dale … I hope you enjoy your days off with your family…they are precious times .. Enjoy! I alway read your blog and look with interest at your photography … As my son would say “it’s all in the equipment ” and you have to have time and patience especially with wild life shots … If you have the time please look at Simons web site it’s called “Churchgreenstudios” please tell me what you think! Look forward to seeing you soon on QVC I do get your sense of humour… You do make me laugh especially the banter between you and Charlie Brook… Take care for now …Chris x

    • Dale Franklin September 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine – your Son is a very talented lad ! X

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