Year Two (49) – Wheels

I visited the Wheels Festival at Bournemouth at the weekend and had an amazing time … I am not a car fan, but I  do like taking photos and challenging myself to take different images and spending the day experimenting with my camera made me realise how far my photography has developed since I last visited.

Last visit – I played it safe, I stuck in Aperture priority and took some photos – too of which appeared in my introduction to my 365 blog back at the start of 2015, this time I was using Manual, Shutter Speed priority and thinking a lot more about what I wanted the end results to be… and this is some of the highlights of my day.

 

You can also view a video of some of the parking on my twitter feed, head on over to:

Or view some photos in my Wheels Album 2016.

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Year Two (46) – Garden Birds

Last year when I started my 365 challenge – back on day 30 I spent some time taking photos of garden birds and want to share with you how my photography and bird population has improved. 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 (34) – Learning your camera

Last night at the Old Bakery we had a go and capturing the moment with drops dripping and glasses smashing … there was only a limited number of people shooting due to the demands of the set up which meant there was a lot more time to talk to each other and to share knowledge … and to my amazement I was asked loads of questions about setting up the flash, and I actually knew a lot more than I thought I did, it was great to hear tonight that one of the newer members thought I was a pro 🙂 Made my evening!

Setting up the shot
Setting up the shot

This evening highlighted to me a lot …knowledge which a year ago I didn’t have…. and now I am glad I have… some of wish I am going to share: Continue reading

Day 328 – Abstract at Night

Dark evenings and the festive season approaching, so I thought I would pop along to the Garden of Lights and capture an abstract view of pods that have been generated to encourage evening visitors to the city centre.

Night time photography without a tripod is a challenge, longer exposure times I needed but for these images I wanted the ambient lighting to remain dark, and the lights of the installations was changing often, so to keep shutter speeds low I opted for a shallow aperture and a high ISO. Continue reading

Day 315 – Night Time Party

A great challenge to undertake – an evening party to celebrate Fireworks, in an unknown venue with an unknown schedule so it really was the opportunity to think on my feet and create images that captured the evening.

Night time Party
Night time Party

The evening challenge included: Continue reading

Day 308 – The colours of Autumn

A misty day and I would have thought it was an awful day to take photos – but now I understand so much more about light … I have realised that today was an amazing day to take photos … the mist adds atmosphere, acts as a giant soft box and really brings out the autumn colours – yes the sky is white and bland… but who needs to include lots of sky.

Forest Pony - ISO640, F13, 1/30sec
Forest Pony – ISO640, F13, 1/30sec

I took a few shots of the New Forest ponies enjoy the forest stream – and this was the best of a bad bunch. Continue reading

Day 301 – London Underground

A few days away so I want to share with you some icon photos from London. My first thought was to capture the underground – now to capture images on the underground is an interesting area – permits can be required if wanting to take professional images but there seems to be no ban on adhoc photography as long as a tripod and a flash are not used, and that you stop if requested to do so. A lot more guidelines can be found here – Photographing the underground

I was not going to plan my shots, rather just carry my camera and take a photo of a moment. I just wanted to capture my day and not really identify anywhere where the photos were taken. I wanted to capture the mood of underground in off peak travel. Continue reading

Day 235 – Bournemouth Air Show

I really wanted to visited Bournemouth Air Show, I last visited a few years back and I was desperate to go back this year as I wanted to see whether my photography had improved on not. Bournemouth Air Show is a 4 day event – it is free to watch from the beach or the cliff top between Boscombe and Bournmouth piers, it is extremely popular when the weather is right. I had an idea of the kind of photo I wanted to shoot – my ideal shot was of the red arrows and the crowded beach, so for the first time I viewed the displays from the cliff top.

I did some research before hand and went along with my 28-300mm lens and knew that as rough guide I had to remember the following facts:

  • Planes look better flying into the frame rather than out of it.
  • Everything depends on the amount of light availale and the angle it is at to my lens.
  • 1/60 ish shutter speed to pan planes
  • 1/1000 ish shutter speed to freeze the action
  • 1/100 ish for helicopters and you need some movement on the baldes
  • 1/100 – 1/350ish shutter speed to get movement on propellars
  • Underexpose is better than blowing out the highlights… you can bring back the shadows in lightroom

I took so many photos, and I am going to share with you the ones that I liked best.

Icon Shot - Red Arrows over Bournemouth Beach - ISO200, F6.3, 1/1600 sec
Icon Shot – Red Arrows over Bournemouth Beach – ISO200, F6.3, 1/1600 sec
ISO200, F8, 1/600 sec
ISO200, F8, 1/600 sec
ISO100, F5.6, 1/1600 sec - Six red arrows, I focused on the near plane coming right and was delighted to see the other arrows in the image too.
ISO100, F5.6, 1/1600 sec – Six red arrows, I focused on the near plane coming right and was delighted to see the other arrows in the image also.
Red Arrow flying past the visiting boats, with the clouds coming in. ISO100, F5, 1/2500 sec
Red Arrow flying past the visiting boats, with the clouds coming in. ISO100, F5, 1/2500 sec
Red Arrows passing each other. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec
Red Arrows passing each other. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec
Meeting in the middle. Red Arrows 2015. ISO100, F8, 1/1000 sec
Meeting in the middle. Red Arrows 2015. ISO100, F8, 1/1000 sec
Red Arrows, Shooting wide to capture the scene. I love the cloud hanging in the background. ISO100, F8, 1/800 sec
Red Arrows, Shooting wide to capture the scene. I love the cloud hanging in the background. ISO100, F8, 1/800 sec
Red Arrows at the Beach - ISO100, F8, 1/1250 sec
Red Arrows at the Beach – ISO100, F8, 1/1250 sec
Red Arrows Splitting apart takemn from the cliff top. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec
Red Arrows Splitting apart taken from the cliff top. ISO100, F8, 1/640sec
Underneath the smoke 0 ISO100, F6.3, 1/1600sec
Underneath the smoke – ISO100, F6.3, 1/1600sec
Sally B, B-17 Flying Fortress. I was so pleased with this one, I just love the moemnet on the propellars. F11, 1/250sec, ISO100
Sally B, B-17 Flying Fortress. I was so pleased with this one, I just love the moment on the propellers. F11, 1/250sec, ISO100
Army Tigers Parachute Team - Shooting into Light this makes a great sihoutte. ISO100, F7.1, 1/3200 sec
Army Tigers Parachute Team – Shooting into Light this makes a great silhouette. ISO100, F7.1, 1/3200 sec
Help! Army Tiger Parachutists in a tangle. Scary stuff. ISO100, F7.1, 1/2500sec
Help! Army Tiger Parachutists in a tangle. Scary stuff. ISO100, F7.1, 1/2500sec
Safely landing. ISO100, F7.1, 1/250sec
Safely landing. ISO100, F7.1, 1/250sec
The Blades Aerobatic Display team passing each other. I was panning the rear plane, so the front plane is blurred. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO100
The Blades Aerobatic Display team passing each other. I was panning the rear plane, so the front plane is blurred. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO100
The Blads Aerobatic Display team - were much slower than the red arrows, and you had to try and catch the movement on the propellars. ISO100, F10, 1/320 sec
The Blades Aerobatic Display team – were much slower than the red arrows, and you had to try and catch the movement on the propellers. ISO100, F10, 1/320 sec
The Bllades, ISO100, F10, 1/800 sec
The Blades, ISO100, F10, 1/800 sec
The Blades - just completed a pass. ISO100, F10, 1/400 sec
The Blades – just completed a pass. ISO100, F10, 1/400 sec
The blades - Panning shot. One of my ideas, one plane in focus and one crossing behing. ISO100, F10, 1/320sec
The blades – Panning shot. One of my ideals, one plane in focus and one crossing behind. ISO100, F10, 1/320sec
A jumble of Blades - F10, 1/400 sec, ISO100
A jumble of Blades – F10, 1/400 sec, ISO100
Royal Air Force Typhooon over the beach. ISO100, F5, 1/800 sec
Royal Air Force Typhoon over the beach. ISO100, F5, 1/800 sec
The incredibly fast and noisey Typhoon, ISO100, F5.6, 1/1000 sec
The incredibly fast and noisy Typhoon, ISO100, F5.6, 1/1000 sec
The Typhoon over Boscombe Pier - ISO100, F5, 1/1250. I am delighted with this shot as it gives a sense of scale and location.
The Typhoon over Boscombe Pier – ISO100, F5, 1/1250. I am delighted with this shot as it gives a sense of scale and location.
The red arrow monument from the cliff top.A very popular spot for photographers. ISO100, F5, 1/640sec
The red arrow monument from the cliff top. A very popular spot for photographers. ISO100, F5, 1/640sec
O'Briesns Flying Circus - at dusk - ISO800, F5.6, 1/250sec
O’Briens Flying Circus – at dusk – ISO800, F5.6, 1/250sec
Twister Duo at dusk - ISO400, F4.5, 1/100 sec
Twister Duo at dusk – ISO400, F4.5, 1/100 sec
The FireFlies passing accross the bay at duck - ISO3200, F5.6, 1/250sec
The FireFlies passing across the bay at duck – ISO3200, F5.6, 1/250sec
Twister Duo lighting up the skies - shlow shutter speed - ISO100, F22, 30sec with tripod
Twister Duo lighting up the skies – slow shutter speed – ISO100, F22, 30sec with tripod
The Flying Circus with fireworks. ISO3200, F5.6, 1/20sec
The Flying Circus with fireworks. ISO3200, F5.6, 1/20sec
Final Evening Fireworks - and I was too close, they moved the barge 15 minutes before they set them off and my lens was too narow. ISO100, F6.3, 3.1sec
Final Evening Fireworks – and I was too close, they moved the barge 15 minutes before they set them off and my lens was too narrow. ISO100, F6.3, 3.1sec

I had a wonderful day – I loved the fact that all the different speeds of planes, whether I was shooting into light or away from it, or whether there was no light at all really made me think …. I thought the location on the cliff top was great, and it was interesting to walk along and see all the other photographers too – they was so many expensive cameras and camera lens on the cliff top with other people capturing the day… I can’t imagine how many photo was taken – billions I should think.

The Canon 7D mark 11 which I am shooting with was brilliant, it was very responsive, the shutter speed and the ability for it to lock on focal points was really impressive.