Nowadays, we are spoilt by technology and there is a tendency to think in terms of a camera controlling the output of flash guns via its DTTL exposure system. Even better, it can do this without the use of cables via a WiFi set up. However, the arrival of digital cameras has made the use of older manual flash guns easy, even though you are denied the camera’s DTTL system. Once upon a time, a flash gun was simply triggered by a camera hotshoe or, off-camera, via its flash…

Although I can spend countless hours watching and waiting for ‘the moment’ in nature with butterflies, bees, lizards and anything else that moves or grows, my patience with life in general is limited, especially with myself: I need change, challenges and my spirits sink with the humdrum. One of the many reasons I love natural history is that there are so many opportunities for those small things that bring joy and mean that life is never dull and they cost nothing.