A few days away

I am looking at traveling light with my photography for some events coming up which means abandoning my canon, my lens, my flash and my heavy rucksack and traveling light with just the G7 in my pocket … so on a recent weekend away that is all I used.

I took 120 photos over the weekend – 25 I was happy with – and I discovered a lot, and I know I need to practice some more:

  • I like macro shots with it
  • It works well in low light (inside the church)
  • It has a really wide angle
  • I cant zoom in and get close enough to my subjects at time – and does not compress the landscape enough, but I can crop
  • I love the ability to shoot so much lower than normal
  • My focusing – with the auto screen is off… I am using al servo, but begining to think one shot might be better

There is certainly a different between this and my DSLR, but it is small, descrete, fits in my coat pocket and I think the more I use it and learn its limitations – like any lens offers, the more I will work out what shots it is suitable for.

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Year Two (64) – Still Smiling in Wales

I have a clever husband – he managed to rig me up a slow warming dry box in the awning of the tent, I removed the media and batteries from my Canon 5D mark III and left my camera there hoping it would somehow magic itself back to life and the Error20 – mechanical failure would disappear.

We left it there, we climbed a mountian, zipped down another and I sadly accepted that my camera would have to wait till I was home to fix it … and then I tried it again. It worked – no error message … so an evening stroll to see if I was fixed!

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Evening stroll and finally a view

We finally had a view across the hills, the landscape is very different from the landscape at home and it was great to be able to hear the familiar “click” of my shutter. Continue reading

Year Two (61) – On the Solent

A spur of the moment trip to the Island by bike and the only option was the Canon G7X – it is not my big camera, it does not have a huge lens, it only has an LED screen so it is a bit like guess work …  but it does take photos in Raw  and it was small enough for me to manage on my bike.

My plan was to take some images from the ferry and then on the island as we cycled to our destination…

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Leaving Lymington Harbour

The harbour was great – with all the boats lined up there was some great leading lines, and I got some foreground interest – with the sailing yacht … I would have liked to shoot lower but the limitations of the ferry meant I couldn’t.

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Looking towards the other Ferry

The view towards the other ferry from the middle of the Solent – splitting the Horizon in the middle shouldn’t work… but the due to the height I was at, I had no choice with the ferry splitting the horizon so I made the image match.

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A different view of Hurst – Canon G7X

A different view of Hurst Castle – this time from the ferry….

We made it to the Island and my fellow cyclist took off – he whizzed ahead … I managed one grab shot – I loved the leading line on the fence, the sea – but I could not really compose the shot as I was cycling like mad to try and catch up – I never did! Camera was then in my bag, as I needed 2 hands… but there is no way I could have even tried this shot with my Dslr – so for today’s images the Canon G7x was perfect! I need to use it more often!

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A day trip on the Island – by bike – G7X

Year Two (60) – London Sights

Following on from the transport of London, I used the opportunity of my visit to record some different views of the familiar sights of London some of which I visited for the first time.

This is Queen Elizabeth park where the London Olympics were held, the sweeping lines and wide spaces provide lots of opportunities to take photos – the challenge is coming up with a special view.

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Olympic Park

I loved the shape of this building – where the swimming was held.  It was a shame about the building work in the background but from afar I thought the mirrored glass was amazing… up close I realised it was tinted. This was a shot where you had to shoot wide otherwise you lost the curves of the building!

The Olympic Park - ISO400, F20, HDR
The Olympic Park – ISO400, F20, HDR

Another icon image of the Olympics – I was disappointed we could not go up, but we had no pre booked… and I was surprised how dull it was all read – I have boosted the reds to enhance the colour … but it is an icon structure among the greenery of the park.

The Olympic Park - ISO400, F20, HDR
The Olympic Park – ISO400, F20, HDR

A closer look at the building… reflecting the sky, capturing the curves and the skyline beyond … I was lucky it was an overcast morning, so I got lots of details in my shadows!

The Olympic Park - ISO400, F20, HDR
The Olympic Park – ISO400, F20, HDR

To prove I was there, a selfie! The glass needs cleaning … but you can see the Olympic Park behind me… and this just caught my eye! A unique view cause I am in it!

A selfie at Olympic Park - ISO400, F20, 1/125sec
A selfie at Olympic Park – ISO400, F20, 1/125sec

Heading off to explore the sights of London, we took in the Science Museum and to be honest the lighting was terrible for good photography… I was disappointed .. I was not really sure who it was pitched at these days and it involved a great deal of looking at screens… very little interaction other than with a screen..

Science museum - ISO1600, F5.6, 1/80sec - locked in their own worlds!
Science museum – ISO1600, F5.6, 1/80sec – locked in their own worlds!

The green open spaces of London for me are always a welcome escape – I love how many people use the spaces to sit, relax and chill and how much work has gone into making them peaceful spots despite the hectic bustle of the city.

London Parks, ISO500, F8, 1/800sec
London Parks, ISO500, F8, 1/800sec

A familiar sight and a red London Bus, pretty much a standard image of London but by using the people in front of me as a leading line… I like to think you can imagine yourself following on behind.

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London Sights – ISO500, F8, 1/2000sec

Buckingham Palace – this is a new view of the palace for me… I managed to use the flowerbed accross the road to hide the crowds and frame the building … I could edit out the cranes but to me they are part of the story of London’s skyline.

Buckingham Palace - F14, 1/1250sec ISO500
Buckingham Palace – F14, 1/1250sec ISO500

A different view of the palace – there was no traffic of The Mail, so I got to put my camera on the ground and shoot down it … I really like the different view point.

The view down the Mail - a different view of the palace - ISO500, F11, 1/400sec
The view down the Mail – a different view of the palace – ISO500, F11, 1/400sec

A new sculpture in London since my last visit, by now the light was dropping so by increasing the ISO I could make the most of the end of the day sunlight, as I was handholding the camera – this shot also highlights the importance of looking round, as the view in the other direction was a building you would recognise.

A london monument at St Thomas's - ISO800, F10, 1/640sec
A London monument at St Thomas’s – ISO800, F10, 1/640sec

The Houses of Parliament from a new angle –  it is a hazy shot as I was shooting into sun and the fountain had just been turned off for the evening – but it is a view I would like to revisit in the future.

A different view of the Houses of Parliment - ISO 800, F10, HDR
A different view of the Houses of Parliament – ISO 800, F10, HDR

The South Bank is an area that it always busy and packed with people, so I used the opportunity here to slow my shutter speed and capture the movement of the street along with the static buildings with Big Ben’s tower in the background.

South Bank, ISO100, F20. 1/13sec
South Bank, ISO100, F20. 1/13sec

My final view of London is of a building site near Waterloo – it is amazing how buildings in the capital arrive and disappear, so I created a record shot so I can revisit the area next time I visit.

Changing London - ISO100, F16, 1/50sec
Changing London – ISO100, F16, 1/50sec

I love exploring the capital – so much to photograph .. it is a challenge to choose where to point the camera!

Year Two (59) – London Transport

A trip to London is a great reason to take a variety of photos of transport – as I live in the countryside, visiting a city location offers lots of challenges, so I decided to take a selection of images based loosely around the transport theme, I was limited to my 24-70mm lens and the lighting conditions of the day.

Waiting at the Station - F11, 1/100sec = ISO100
Waiting at the Station – F11, 1/100sec = ISO100

This is my country station – it is on the mainline and currently undergoing building work – I timed the shot to record the train coming into the station, and to capture the curves of the platform. It is a great record shot as the station continues to evolve. Continue reading

Year Two (56) – Inspired

Following on from yesterday’s post, I took a walk with my camera along the shingle bank at Keyhaven to Hurst Castle and just thought about what about what I could photograph, I thought about recording the moment, I remembered back when there was an old building on the spit which was washed away by the storms and I remembered that it is important to record what is there, as well as enhancing an image to make something more out of it.

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Different views of the Lighthouse

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Year Two (48) – Purbeck Hills and Coast

I escaped for a few days away enjoying the Purbeck Hills and coastline – the challenge for any traveling photographer is what kit to take and what to use … I was really pleased with my selection and think I got it right for the locations I was visiting… so I thought I would share. Continue reading

Year Two (45) – A trip to the beach

I headed to the beach… I took my camera, I was not really sure what I wanted to capture today, other than some photographs … I ended up enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air and taking a variety of images and experimenting! Continue reading

Year Two (38) -Too much light

I live in a wonderful part of the world – the New Forest is a fantastic National Park and today I headed over in the afternoon sunshine to capture the landscape around the capital of the New Forest – Lyndhurst!

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The New Forest

Lyndhurst is a major access route to the New Forest, there is a High Street and a fantastic free museum – but there is very little in the high street to temp visitors – a few gift shops and then about 20 different coffee shops / cafes / ice cream parlours to choose from – the perfect stopping point after a forest walk.

A couple of years ago this time of day would be have been the ideal time to take photos in my mind, but how wrong was I – the bright almost cloudless sky creates very little interest, the shadows are very dark and harsh beneath the forest donkey’s – they are short but they don’t add any depth to the image.

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A Forest View
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A New Forest Donkey

Changing view points makes the photos look more interesting, it is about trying to capture a different angle from other visitors to this popular spot but they don’t really have the wow appeal….

It is a beautiful day, I love feeling the warmth of the sunshine and enjoying being out of doors and exploring the area, looking for new angles and new ideas – but I find myself wishing the light was less harsh … maybe I really do not to consider some early mornings or late evenings to explore….

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Boltens Bench