Wildlife and Nature Photography

The PhotosbyKev website contains a large collection of bird, wildlife and nature photographs captured by photographer Kevin Lewis as well as the high speed flash, macro work, wildlife, water droplets, HDR and panoramas, astronomy photographs, time-lapse and infrared photographs created over many years.

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Kevin is always looking for the next photography challenge and is prepared to spend as long as necessary in order to achieve the best wildlife and nature photograph possible. Photography that is easy tends to be little more than snapshots or holiday memories, it is only when we challenge ourselves that the photographs become more than just images.

Currently Kevin is actively engaged in projects including high speed flash photography, macro work, wildlife, water droplet, HDR and panoramas, astrophotography, time-lapse and infrared photography.

At all times Kevin Lewis has placed the welfare of the wildlife and nature first and where possible the photographs are taken without any disturbance to the wildlife or the environment. If it’s not possible then there is always another day and another challenge.

The bird, nature and wildlife photographs stored on the PhotosbyKev website are freely available to educational, conservational and environmental groups and high resolution digital files and prints are available for commercial, stock and private use.


All images, unless stated, are the copyright of K. Lewis as defined by UK law.
Fair use/fair dealing is not permitted under UK law.
They must not be copied, reproduced or retransmitted by any means
without the written permission of K. Lewis.

51 Responses to Wildlife and Nature Photography

  1. Ivan says:

    Hi Kevin: Great site you have here wish I could get my site (wildatpalamas.com) to look so cool. Have a quick question about the layout using Justified Image Grid. I currently have NextGen Gallery Pro was wondering if it was complicated changing to JIG when you already have all setup with NextGen. Sorry if this was the wrong forum for the question. You can email me. Thanks

    • photosbykev says:

      Hi,

      I haven’t migrated to the pro version of NextGen as it just didn’t have enough improvements to warrent the cost. I use the latest free version and the addition of JIG was very very simple and the author Frisk is very supportive if any problems occur. He used my site with over 4000 images to test the JIG performance on a large image base.

      regards
      Kev

      • Ivan says:

        Thanks Kevin for your reply. Will give it a try. Will be back to check your new images, love that squirrel series. No squirrels in Puerto Rico we do have mongoose, but darn hard to photograph. Thanks again.

  2. Nicola Taylor Barton says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you could possible e-mail me with a brief biography and history of how you got into your photography, as well as perhaps your use are the fast shutter speed, and how you got into practising that? Sorry if this is inconvenient for you, but I am doing my photography A-level work at the moment and you are one of my inspirational photographers.

    Thanks
    Nicola :)

  3. Laura Downs says:

    Hi Kev,
    We’ve talked before about using your Charles Henry Ashley photo’s in our adverts. In July this year we are endeavoring to sail the boat around Anglesey and we will be creating posters and publicity in magazines etc. So we would like to know if you have any copyright issues. Please contact me to discuss any problems. Thanks Laura.

  4. allan says:

    Hi Kev, I’m not sure I like your site for 2 reasons,
    1/ It makes me extremely jealous of your photo’s,
    2/ I will end up spending far too much time here instead of working.

    Great work. Love the pics

  5. James says:

    Saw you at Slimbridge today. Super site and some stunning photos. Hope the mist cleared up for some good ones today

  6. amazing pictures,i like nature photos and landscape like these. Good job!

  7. Lee Rouse says:

    Hi Kev,

    thanks for the quick reply.
    Appreciate the advise. I think I am going to go for it anyway as the alternative price for kessler is mad.
    All the best, and keep up the great work.

    Lee :)
    @photosbykev

  8. Lee rouse says:

    Hi kev

    I have a question for you if you don’t mind.
    But first I would like to say that I really enjoy your images especially the highspeed.
    So onto my question, I am on the brink of buying the Dynamic perception dolly and controller, from what I understand (via timescapes forum) you have one?
    I would like your opinion on it (if you have it of course), and was there any problems with tax or hidden fees on uk import from the USA?
    I am keen to get started on some camera moves in my timelapses but want to make sure my money isn’t wasted.
    I must say it sure looks great and in comparison (to Kessler) the price is good.
    Thanks in advance
    Best
    Lee

    • photosbykev says:

      Hi Lee,

      I don’t own one of the systems yet :) From everything I’ve seen the DP kit will be excellent for controlling camera moves and is very competitively priced. You should add approx 20% to the price to cover import duties etc. It is possible to buy the rails from the UK which might reduce the cost of postage etc. There was a thread on the forum with details.

  9. Bob Harding says:

    Kev
    Great pictures. I would like to ask you if you would be prepared to do a lecture at Gloucester Camera Club. Your contact info seems to be closed so I am using this comment to get in touch with you. Please get back to me
    Bob Harding
    Programme Sec
    Gloucester Camera Club

  10. Philip D says:

    Awesome works. Big fan. Question about time lapse photography. Do you stay with the equipment for the duration or do u mount the camera in a car (through windshield/windows) and leave the car parked for the duration and return? Also what software do you use to process the batch of time lapse photos?

    Avid amateur photog,

    -Phil.

    • photosbykev says:

      Hi Phil,

      I always stay with the camera equipment. I wouldn’t consider shooting through windows as the quality would degrade and it is likely that condensation would form. Keeping dew off the lens is the biggest problem and I’ve settled on a 12v dew control system that heats the lens which keep condensation off of it.

      Software varies: for simple star trail composites I use Startrails.exe a free downloadable program, for timelapse videos I use Adobe after effects and premiere pro.

      regards
      Kev

  11. Herman says:

    Hi Kev,

    Great website! As an avid amateur photographer I find it very inspiring, not only the pictures but also your articles.
    One question though: I am about to build my own website using WordPress as well. May I ask which plugin(s) you use to present your photo’s?

    Thanks in advance,
    Best wishes,
    Herman.

  12. Hi Kevin, Awsome tutorial on how you utilize your Stop Shot system. I just ordered it and can not wait to play with it.

    Have you had a chance to test drive the new Cognisys system called Stack Shot?

    For those who do not know, it will electronically control your camera and an automated macro slider to take multiple photos of a macro subject each at a slightly different focus point. You can then combine the photos using stacking software like Halcon to provide focus through the entire depth of field. Let me know what you think.
    Thanks for all you do to boost the learning curve.

    Patrick

  13. Garrith says:

    Hi Kev
    Love your site & the photo’s.
    Just a quick q – where did you take the pics of ‘Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum’ ?
    Keep up the hard but rewarding work.
    G

  14. Abdulhossein Ghanbarnejad says:

    Dear Kevin,
    I would like to guide me about phototrigger, I want to take picture of “BAT” . Do you work with this system? I have a canon 40-D , Do you rercommend for me about this and about CameraTrap?

    Thanks
    A-GH

    • photosbykev says:

      There are a number of trigger systems available, assuming you mean flying bats then a simple photodiode trigger that the bat breaks will do the trick. Please be aware that photographing bats at a roost requires a license in some countries.

  15. Rod says:

    Hey Kev,

    Excellent photos on your site. Could you tell me how you got the water droplets, what was your setup and how did you get the different forms of water?

  16. Robin says:

    Hello Kevin,

    Great work! I am using a Canon 7D with a 580EX and a 580EX II and would like to know the best settings for the Stop Shot settings with the optional water droplet solenoid relay, connections and camera lag compensation.
    The 7D camera is set to mirror lock up, manual exposure 1/250 sec at f16 manual focus. The 580EX II is connected to the Stop Shot directly but the 580 EX cannot due to a lack of the terminal. I am thinking of triggering this using the slave mode setting via wireless. The water droplet height is set to 2 feet. I would like to do water droplets and then move on to ballistics for a baloon using the IR sensors. Thanks for your help.

    • photosbykev says:

      Hi,

      the basic stopshot settings are in the manual for the unit for using the Cognisys stopshot as I use a solenoid valve supplied in the UK which has different characteristics. From about two feet the delay between droplets should be around 60-70ms for a collision, start with 60ms if you don’t see an impact gradually increase the delay value by 2ms at a time and eventually you should see the second droplet appear in the frame. I tend to shoot without lifting the mirror and the shutter is set to 1/10 second. I haven’t found any real quality benefit with mirror lockup except when you need a faster response from the camera after triggering. You might find that the delay in the wireless signal will introduce a second image which will degrade the final impact and as you want to move onto ballistics I would strongly recommend getting a hotshoe adaptor for the 580Ex so you can wire that directly to the stopshot and eliminate any issues with synchronisation. It is also possible to fit a 3.5mm jack socket into the 580Ex foot which I’ve done, a Google search will find the modification for you.

  17. Alun Williams says:

    Hi Kev,
    Fantastic photos, Jac Jones from Llanfechell, Ynys Mon gave me your web site and I am glad he did. Your photos of the area and the wild life are spectacular. Thanks for showing them. I am a member of the Holyhead CC and If you do give talks please get in touch it would be an experience for us all. Keep them coming.

  18. Trace says:

    @Trace
    and no….. clearly i still cant spell proper!!

  19. Trace says:

    Hey “Old Friend” Great Images, one and all. Glad I have finally tracked you down again. …. Kiwi Bird!

  20. Elvira says:

    Hi Kev.

    Just popping in to have a peek at your photo’s. Great website and amazing pics, very impressive.

  21. Alberto says:

    Amazing shots!
    I really enjoyed each single one! (and I wish to shoot just one pic. like yours!)
    Sure they are inspiring!
    Thanks for publishing them.

    Alberto

  22. m craig says:

    Hi
    What an amazing collection of photographs. I am a very keen wildlife photographer,but nothing compared to your wonderful collection. What lenses do you use? Thank you. I just enjoyed looking at them. Regards M Craig

  23. VirtualLee says:

    Face lift looks great – the photos are what’s amazing. :)

  24. uriel kruspe says:

    I like all the pics especially the wildlife pics, nice work

  25. Pete J. says:

    Kevin

    An outstanding job on the air rifle pellet database.

    I was in the UK in the mid 80’s, (for approximately 2 years), and had an air rifle built by “Airmasters of Luton” (I have no idea if they are still around, but the HW80 air rifle they built still is.)

    Unfortunately, here in Wyoming (USA) air rifles are not as popular as they may be in the UK, and information on their ammunition is certainly scarce. A visit to Google UK, and a search for “air rifle pellets” got me to your amazing web-site, and helped me find the pellets I loved shooting while in England.

    Again… An outstanding database, (and some fairly impressive photography as well,) and a great overall web site.

    • photosbykev says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, the database is still being built I have a lot of 0.177 pellets to photograph and add before it will be up to date.

  26. Rory says:

    Interesting photos…I like the high speed ones too but the animals are also good.

  27. Manas says:

    Inspiring stuff :)

  28. Tony C says:

    Hi Kev,

    It’s been good reading through your site over the last few weeks. You’ve given me a few ideas & challenges for the year ahead :-)

    I’ve tried to download your image processing tutorial, but only get a blank screen. Any chance you might re-post it or send it to me please?

    Cheers
    Tony

  29. Oliver says:

    Hey Kev, awesome blog :).

    I decided to make one of my own and I’m just curious how you got your “random images” widget up. I figure it’s something in disguise like flickr but not quite sure what :p.

    PhotosbyKev: email sent

  30. Fara says:

    The site is looking just great, Kev! The ballistics shots must be a real challenge! It’s also nice to see some of my favorite wildlife shots again. :-)

  31. Bruce Wiltshire Glevum T&S says:

    Dear Kevin – fabulous photo’s! I realise that I have seen some of your work before linked from other places especially the pellet ones.
    Would be grateful for the email address of Custom Stock, can’t make club Saturday so see you 2 in weeks
    Bruce

  32. Jessica says:

    Hi Kev. Just popping by to see how you’re going. The photos are amazing. You’ve become more and more talented over the years! I hope you are well.

  33. Monir says:

    Hello Kevin,

    The balloon photo is amazing, the time was perfect to take such a photo!

  34. Will Nicholls says:

    Jingle bells, jingle bells!

    Lovely site kev.

    – Will

  35. Eva says:

    Hi Kev !

    popped over from Deviantart and wanted to tell you that your website looks great ! Very nifty design, good-looking and yet clearly arranged. :)

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