Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday: 04:39 am

I have been neglecting my camera for the past few weeks, so when I discover that a low tide will coincide with sunrise (well, almost), I set the alarm for 4 am and hope the light does its stuff.

12-24mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor. ¼ second at f/11. Matrix metering. - 0.67 EV compensation. Tripod and remote release. ISO 160

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

The first day of summer

It's the first day of summer, speaking from a meteorological point of view, and what's more it actually feels like it.

300mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Nikkor. 1/320 second at f/5.6. Matrix metering. - 0.67 EV compensation. ISO 250. Monopod

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Bournemouth Wheel: Maximum impact

Something of an afterthought with the subject, but as planned I did return to shoot a local entertainment attraction just as soon as the conditions were right. I needed clear blue skies to achieve the effect I wanted; the conversion to mono enabling me to turn the sky black for maximum impact.

10.5mm f/2.8 AF-S Fisheye Nikkor. 1/800 second at f/11. Matrix metering. - 0.33 EV compensation. ISO 160. Mono conversion in Silver FX Pro2

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

First dawn

Newborn foals on Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch. The one in the lower image arrived seven days ago; the other less than a day old, arrived during the night.

300mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Nikkor. Matrix metering. Monopod
Top: (with TC-14E II converter) 1/500 at f/5.6.  - 1 stop EV compensation. ISO 250
Below: 1/1250 second at f/4. - 0.3 EV compensation. ISO 160

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

No stretch of the imagination

Imaginatively called the Bournemouth Wheel (I wonder who came up with that one), this Ferris wheel replaces the Bournemouth Eye; a tethered gas-filled balloon that had once been situated in the town's Pleasure Gardens. Clearly, a bit more thought went into naming the balloon, but whoever named what the wheel is far more photogenic.

However, I wasn't carrying anything wide enough to do it justice this afternoon, so a return visit with a (much) wider lens will be in order the next time the sky is right.

24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor. 1/250 second at f/8. Matrix metering. Polarising filter. ISO 160
Mono conversion in Silver FX Pro 2

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


It's not often that I visit beaches during the spring and summer months for a photography session, but it seems a shame to waste such a low tide. Besides, I've not been shooting much recently and I need to get out there. I'm not going to get a setting sun along the shore line at this time of year, but the northerly wind is bringing a good amount of fluffy cloud, so at least the sky will be interesting.

However, it's far from warm, with temperatures barely topping 11ºC, and the moment I step onto the sand it starts to rain, swiftly followed by sleet. It's short lived, though, and for an hour or so I make photographs between showers and shade.

12-24mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor. 1/1000 second at f/8. Matrix metering. - 0.33 EV compensation. ISO 160

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Pay attention at the back

Although Heritage Railways dot the countryside - lovingly restored and operated largely by volunteers - it is much rarer to see steam trains run on main lines. So when an event is like that is happening in your own back yard you take the opportunity to get some snaps.

A chance find on social media, I discover that the Railway Touring Company have chartered a train that is being hauled by West Country Class No. 34046 Braunton, now running under the name Lord Dowding. The engine has been renamed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and it will pass near me around mid-morning.

I then promptly forget all about it until it's (far) too late.

Nil desperandum, I think, as I know the return run will happen during late afternoon. I'll get some shots then. Besides, the light will be better.

However, the return trip turns out to be pulled by a diesel engine; Lord Dowding itself having being uncoupled to make a guest appearance on the nearby Swanage Railway. The camera remains idle, but all is not lost. I am reliably informed that the engine in question will be passing again tomorrow - around mid-day.

So once again it's off to the station... and wait. It heaves into view in the distance; smoke billowing, and I take up my pre-determined position to get at least something, only to be presented with the image above. Running backwards (and early), and with only one carriage, the image certainly wasn't what I had hoped for.

Nevertheless, it's a lesson learned: Don't expect a second bite of the cherry.

24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor. 1/640 second at f/5.6. Matrix metering. - 0.33 EV compensation. ISO 320

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