About

This is a largely a photo-story blog. I do not post photos for the aesthetic value, the quality of some of my blurry wildlife shots should be testament to that, but rather to help me record the places I visit, the things I see, and, sometimes, the things I think.

I explore some of my rather geeky interests through the medium of photography: primarily wildlife (yes, I am a birder, and can most often be found on my ‘patch’- the Wanstead Flats in London), but also landscape, architecture, and anything I see which I think I can photograph and write about.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Me

All photos used are my own- with the exception of the odd map (let me know if you would like to use any).

37 thoughts on “About

      1. ron askew

        Greetings Iago from the 4th floor of 30 South Colonade, Cannery Wart, Bank Hol Monday .. I was idling away a few moments in my office, pondering the lack of interesting bird life hereabouts, esp swifts, when I blundered into your post and was actually spellbound at the notion of peregrines stooping from No.1 tower. You are lucky to have a floor 30 view of such a spectacle. I have had a look at your photos. There are some crackers. OK here’s the pitch .. please can you have a swift look at an ebook on amazon entitled WATCHING SWIFTS >> http://www.amazon.co.uk/WATCHING-SWIFTS-ebook/dp/B006AXFPEM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360446195&sr=8-1 Have you ever tried to photograph swifts? I want to redesign my front cover. I have copied other pics of swifts. But I need some more shots to work with. I am concerned about copyright and don’t want to err. But I need more art work. I know photographing swifts is a tall order. That said.. I would be happy to stand a tall order at a pub or pubs of your choice – North Pole? Grapes? -if you want to discuss it. I am also keep to know which side of the tower is the best side to watch for a glimpse of said falcons.

        brgds

        Ron Askew

      2. iago80 Post author

        Many thanks for your message Ron. I am flattered by your request and your kind words. Unfortunately, I fear that capturing a good shot of a Swift may be a little beyond my skill or equipment level. As you will know they tend to fly too high and too fast to make them easy to capture. Having said that, I will certainly try to get some shots this summer. If I manage anything that looks even half way decent, I shall get in touch with you.

        I wonder whether you may have more luck approaching a wildlife artist or a photographer who has already taken good shots of Swifts?

        The Peregrines were roosting and feeding on our building in 1 Churchill Place (although I also understand they like HSBC). I haven’t seen them for a while, but on each occasion I have seen them the pair have been hunting or flying from the East side of the building. When the RSPB inspected the debris on our roof there was evidence of a wide range of prey species that are likely to be caught going East quite far down the Thames Estuary.

        As I said, I’ll let you know if I get anywhere with the Swift shots, but if not, I wish you luck in getting the right image for your front cover.

        Best

        James

  1. Harold Green

    Thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best. Harold

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  2. Harold Green

    Thank you for “Liking” the post “Where Spirits Flow”. Musicians Of Our World. on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.
    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,
    Harold

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    1. iago80 Post author

      Hi there. Yes – I am a Londoner. Great to hear you might visit – it is a brilliant city. The birding isn’t fantastic, but there some good sites nearish, and there is lots else to do 🙂

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  3. Rob Fisher

    Hi Iago,

    what a wonderful site. Thank you for a happy afternoon looking at some of your wonderful pictures.

    I was wondering whether you might let me have permission to use your incredible picture of the entrance to St Olave’s churchyard as an image for a conference I am organising called Evil Spaces, Wicked Places being held in London in January 2016. We’re a not for profit mainly volunteer network working with academics and bringing them together with people from ngo, business, professional and voluntary sector backgrounds. This would be a great image to have on our web site for the call for papers.

    I hope you don’t mind me asking.

    Warmly,

    Rob

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    1. iago80 Post author

      Hi Rob

      Thanks for your kind message.

      I would be delighted for you to use my photo and would simply ask if I could be credited if possible.
      I will see if I can find the original so I can send you a high-res non-watermarked version.

      James

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      1. Rob Fisher

        Oh fantastic! That is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so very much. And yes, absolutely, you will be credited. I will send you the link once it is finished.

        Warmly,

        Rob

  4. Jack

    Hi iago

    I really love your picture of the acacia tree in the post Safari: Part III and would really like to use it as part of a t-shirt design with your permission.

    I currently only design for my own personal use, but if that were to change I would of course contact you again.

    If you would like to see the design I’d love to share it with you.

    Cheers

    Jack

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  5. Jack

    Hi iago

    I really love your picture of the acacia tree in the post Safari: Part III and would really like to use it as part of a t-shirt design with your permission.

    I currently only design for my own personal use, but if that were to change I would of course contact you again.

    If you would like to see the design I’d love to share it with you.

    Cheers

    Jack

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      1. Jack

        Couldn’t seem to reply to your most recent message so I’ve replied here.

        Thanks so much for the feedback and yes you most certainly can buy one – I just need to find out the best way to make that happen.

        My plan is to print one for myself to make sure it looks good and then I’ll get back to you, which should be some time next week.

        Jack

  6. Terra

    Hello there, great photos!
    I’m a biology student writing a species account on Thomson’s gazelle, and I really like your photo of the Thomson’s and Grant’s standing next to each other, and I was wondering if I might be able to use it for my report? Sorrry, I couldn’t figure out a way to message you privately.

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    1. iago80 Post author

      Hi there. Thanks for your comment. You are very welcome to use the photo – I would be honoured that it was used for an academic purpose. I normally simply request that I am credited. Once you have finished, I would love to see the account if that is possible. My email address is (spaced out to try and prevent bots picking it up) j w f h e a l @ g m a i l dot c o m

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      1. Lee Marquis

        Many thanks – yes a hi res JPEG will be great and I will of course provide a credit – let me know how you would like to be credited (as iago80 ?)

      2. Lee Marquis

        hi – sorry chop and change – but the spot I needed the image for has been changed, so I won’t be able to use your photo as planned now. But I will keep a close on your blog and Im sure another shot will suit in the future. Thanks again.

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