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Now this is painful. On Ebay, there's a Canon 600mm super telephoto lens with a Canon 1D Mark 3 attached going for sale at a rock bottom price. Why so cheap, sadly it's all rather badly damaged by salt water.

At current prices, the Canon 1D Mark 3 is about £1,000 just by itself, whereas the Canon 600mm F4 super telephoto is a cool £10,000. That is one expensive accident. Thank god for insurance eh.

You can keep your eye on the ebay listing here


 
Once you have got all the equipment you are going to need (please see my other post - Bird photography - What you need and how to use it) it is time to get out there and and get some photos. Below are a few techniques and tips to help you obtain better bird photos and to produce more 'keepers'. Composing a photo involves you setting parameters in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing photo and whilst this may seem impossible in the field there are some things you can do before you press the shutter button and some you can do afterwards . Please do not take these tips to be set in stone, they should be used as a general rule only, and in some cases you may find that going against the norm produces the best photo.
 

World press photo has recently published the 2013 photo contest winners. Some amazing photos and well worth a look.

The contest itself has been running for a staggering 55 years, and is a an excellent example of photojournalism at its very best. All the photos that win will tell a story and are always stunning examples of great photography as well as being thought provoking.


 
Jessops has recently relaunched itself thanks to being purchased by Peter Jones. I think they did need to modernize, and hopefully with a slight change in direction they'll soon return to their proper place on the high street.
 
Sony has recently announced a new camera to their family of SLRs, namely the SLT A58. This one is meant to replace the previous Sony A37 and Sony A57 models. It's got a respectable 20MP sensor and can shoot in continuous shooting mode at an impressive 8 frames a second.
 
And here's another photography competition to try out for. Life Framer are running the competition, asking for photographs to be submitted along the theme of 'An instant'. Winners get their photos printed framed and exhibited in a London gallery and win $400, so can't all be bad eh.
 
Below is October's cool pics of the day. An eclectic mix ranging from outer space to under the ocean. I hope you enjoy them, don't forget to check out the author's websites for more great photos!
 
London has many great locations to take a decent photograph. After a day of exploring London I've put together a collection of some of the best places and example photos taken at each location. I used a Canon 1DS Mark 1 digital SLR, with a Canon 17-40mm L lens for the majority of photos, I also used a tripod which was very handy once it started getting dark. It's possible to balance a camera on flat surfaces a lot of the time, however this isn't always the case.