After over a month, last Wednesday my lens was back from the repairs. What a relief. And what a dilemma. As you may well know, I had originally believed it to be the displacement of a lens element. A fairly costly repair yes, but ah, if only that's what it had been. No, what had broken was the Optical Stabiliser. Which belongs to quite a different spectrum of price - in short over twice as much. Eegh, painful just about comes close to it.
So after weeks of macro photography, it was nice to be back in the field with a telephoto again. I dread to think of the shots I may have missed in that time.
On Sunday I headed over to Kensington Gardens to fill my memory card up with picture of birds, to make a change from insects. Indeed I was also keen to see the Tawny Owlets as I hadn't had a chance to get over there for them this year. After a bit of searching two did show pretty well, even flying in broad daylight! Although only to a new tree. By now they've been out of the nest for quite a while, and already look more like adult birds. Not many downy feathers left!
So that's the last matter of the slump resolved, I'm back in the game. Now with the weather we've been having await many images with blown highlights....