In less than three weeks we will be back on Islay and today, just in time before our Islay holiday, I collected my new camera, a Canon EOS 60D with two new lenses. It's quite a change from the set I had before, a Nikon D80. The reason for this change is a particular lens (within my budget) that Canon has and Nikon doesn't. With my Nikon camera I had a maximum zoom of 200mm, the lens I desired and bought today gives me 400mm zoom and coincidentally it happens to be the lens James Deane is using as well, he calls it the the big reaching lens. Working with a new camera requires a lot of practice and today I took the first images in our local nature reserve, although not yet with the "big one" but with the other lens, a Sigma 17-70mm, which has a very good reputation as well. I realise that today's trials don't include any images from Islay yet and are far from perfect, but I still want to share the first results with you. I hope that I can improve the quality of my Islay pictures although I realise that it's not so much the equipment that takes the pictures but the person behind the camera, and I know I still have a lot to learn. Below are the first results of today's photo shoot, next stop Islay!