Sunday, March 18, 2018

What's going ON?

For the second time in two weeks I have snow. It's not the latest I have known it to snow where I live (that in itself is rare enough),  but this amount a few days from the Spring equinox is something worth noting. Caused by cold air moving in from Scandinavia, it will, thankfully, be short-lived.

105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens. 1/8 second at f/14. Matrix metering and manual focus. + 0.33 EV compensation. Tripod and remote release. Mirror lock-up. ISO 200

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A watchful eye

Although too early in the year to photograph any birds with young, the would-be parents are now looking their best in a bid to attract a mate. This mute swan - busking at the time - is defending territory from an intruder on a lake in a local park, whilst keeping a watchful eye on me.

300mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Nikkor with TC-14EII converter. 1/3200 second at f/4.5. Matrix metering. -0.67 EV compensation. Monopod. ISO 100

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Concessionary travel

Last week's horrendous weather appears to have slowed the onset of spring, although what had already appeared seems to have, in the most part, survived. Today, I visit the nearby town of Christchurch, partly to photograph some of its main features, but partly because I now qualify for concessionary travel on local bus routes in the UK; something I intend to use with a vengeance.

The 900 year-old Priory - the longest parish church in England - itself has many stories; the Miraculous Beam being the most retold, but finding different angles from the norm to shoot it needed a bit of footwork, and a lens change or two.

Top: 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor. 1/250 second at f/5.6. Matrix metering. -0.67 EV compensation. ISO 100
Below: 10.5mm f/2.8 AF-S Fisheye Nikkor. 1/640 second at f/8. Matrix metering. -0.33 EV compensation. ISO 100

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

It's Spring!

From a meteorological point of view, today is the first day of spring. So what have I got? Snow.

The blast of cold air that has swept in from Siberia over the past couple of days has produced sub-zero temperatures during the day, but now Snow Storm Emma in hitting the UK, and I am on an amber warning, weather wise.

Blizzards are predicted for tomorrow. What fun.

24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor. 1/400 second at f5.6. Matrix metering. +1 stop EV compensation. Monopod. ISO 400

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

No guarantees

Recent surgery (nothing serious), has prevented me from picking up a camera since the beginning of the month, but today I was determined to get out there and start shooting; Spring is beginning to arrive. There is blossom appearing on the trees in my garden, but high enough off the ground to make the flowers inaccessible for good results, so I go down to ground level in a local park.

I consider a focus stacking technique for the image of a crocus, but since there is a breeze blowing occasionally I am getting too much subject movement for guaranteed success. Instead,  I focus the lens on the stigma of the flower, stop the lens well down, and hope for the best.

105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens. 1/4 second at f/14. Matrix metering and manual focus. Tripod and remote release. Mirror lock-up. ISO 100

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Friday, February 02, 2018

Another mass deletion

Two very low tides this week - all due to the supermoon, no doubt - and two days scrambling about on the beach looking for a composition. Yesterday, there was little of the way of sky interest, and a great many images I shot were deleted once I had viewed them on my monitor.

However, today the sky produced the goods, with enough breaks in the cloud to make the light interesting.

12-24mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor. Tripod and remote release. ISO 100

Top: 1/250 second at f/11. Matrix metering.  + 1.33 EV compensation.
Below: 1/25 second at f/11. Matrix metering.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Difficult to resist

It's all well and good deciding that I've had enough of taking photographs on the local beaches, but once a few clouds start appearing in the sky during the afternoon it is difficult to resist the urge to be there and get shooting.

Anyway, there are some particularly low tides next week... and a supermoon. Just need the right skies, to be honest.

12-24mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor. 1/500 second at f/8. Matrix metering. - 0.33 EV compensation. Monopod. ISO 100

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