Its been a while since i managed to get some time for photography, been very busy after buying a house and now putting in a new Kitchen, but today i reached a point in the kitchen where i cant do anymore until the worktops go in so i headed off down to Ramsgate Harbour to see this years Christmas light display. I have tried to photograph this the last couple of years but always struggled to get decent weather and a calm sea but this year was better conditions than previous attempts.Read More
Just got back from a two day trip to Wales. I went with a couple of friends, both experienced hikers who have done this route before. We Took the train from Ramsgate at 04:55 hrs and a couple of changes later we arrived at Llandudno Junction. Graeme had arranged a hire car which he collected and then drove us down to the Youth Hostel we were staying at.
We stayed at the YHA in Pen-y-Pass Snowdon, the perfect location for climbing Tryfan. We had planned a shorter hike on the first day but the weather on arrival was poor and visibility was not great so we decided to go look at some routes available to us for the big climb the following day. I enjoyed walking up the first part of the assent to get a better look at Tryfan and a possible route via The Glyders , just like being out in the hills , so peaceful even in bad weather.Read More
This is my first attempt at a time lapse video. I used a Gopro Hero 4 Silver at 2.7 k resolution of 12 mpix wide. Dropped into a 1080p timeline and positioned where i wanted. I wish i had recorded for longer as this was one image every five seconds for about an hour. Next time i will shoot every two seconds for as long as i can.
Look forward to trying more in the coming weeks
Just back from our Holiday and now settled back in at home. So today in a bid to help burn off the calories gained while we were away we decided to head out for a walk. We drove out to the public car park by The Devils Kneading Trough and walked part of the North Downs Way.Read More
All packed and ready to leave for the airport in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Got a 06:20 flight for Santa Ponsa in Mallorca. Camera gear all charged and packed and now just waiting to leave.
Hope to get plenty of images from our travels to share with you on return.
Decided to head over to Margate last night to capture the sunset from the steps along Margate seafront. Caught the train over from Ramsgate with my wife and we headed out to the seafront. When we arrived the main road had all been closed off with several police cars stopping traffic at the roundabout. While the Kent Air Ambulance landed on the roundabout.Read More
Have not been very active with the camera lately but decided to head down to the Royal Harbour area after work today as the weather was still very nice.
Grabbed my camera and a circular polariser filter. This really helps cut down on reflections and really makes the colours pop.
When the sun is shinning its a great place to relax in one of the many cafes and bars along the harbour and enjoy a refreshing drink, which is exactly what i did.
Took a drive down to Botany Bay in Broadstairs tonight to try and capture a sunset. The last few nights seem to have been really nice so i grabbed my gear and jumped in the car. Well first off should have checked the tide times as the tide was coming in fairly quick, so the idea of a sunset with the chalk stack in the foreground was a little out of the question as i would need to be a fair way out to sea buy now and i was only wearing trainers ! Luckily i had arrived a little early so i had time to try a few compositions to try and find the right spot.
I managed to find a location between the stack and the cliff with the tide coming in and the sun setting in the background. Sadly it was not the sunset i hoped for but i tried to make the best of a bad situation and at least get a nice image.
I used a Kood 0.9 nd filter along with a Lee soft grad on the sky. My exposure was Iso 50 at F/14 for 2.5 seconds , this gave me some nice movement on the incoming tide and a nice reflection on the sand as the waves went back, luckily there was a nice little rock for some foreground interest which helped to balance the composition
Took a quick drive down to Broadstairs this afternoon to do some long exposure photography of the Bay. I usually convert my long exposure to black and white but for some reason i prefered this in colour.
Not to disappointed how this turned out but would have liked some more movement in the sky, maybe time for the Lee Super Stopper, a 15 stop nd filter !
This was taken with my Canon 5D mkiii the Canon 24 - 105 F/4.0 is L usm at 24mm F/16 iso 100 for a 20 sec exposure time
Took a trip down to the seafront last night and tried to recreate a shot i had previously taken during sunset. The problem with the original shot was that there was no detail in the shadow areas along the seafront and the harbour arm. The original shot was taken with a single exposure shot in RAW and processed in lightroom and photoshop.Read More
Here is a portrait of my Granddaughter Emily. It was taken in my front room, which doubles as a small home photographic studio. I move my settee and put up a seamless grey photographic background. I like the grey background as it is so versatile. You can put a couple of lights on it and turn it bright white, don't light it and move it further away from the subject to turn it black or allow some light to fall on it to get a nice dark grey look. The grey background also lends itself well to composites including adding different types of textures to it to create a different looking background. This was taken with my Canon 5D mark iii with the Canon 85mm F/1.8 usm, which i find a great portrait lens.Read More
ts been a while since i last posted , i have a fair bit going on with trying to purchase a house, sort out a holiday and seek quotes for work to be done at home and given the fact is been a long few winter months i have not been out much with the camera. However yesterday i decided i would go up town and visit London. I did not have much of a plan just a couple of ideas of places i wanted to go. One of which is Leadenhall Market as i have seen images from other photographers and thought it looked a great place and as i had not been before i wanted to have a look for myself. I did discover that trying to photograph this place at lunchtime during the week was not easy as it was a very popular place for all the City Workers to come for lunch.
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Happy Christmas all, hope you are all enjoying yourselves. I have a bit of time before the family arrive and just wanted to share with you some of my new photographic gears, Mrs Clause got me this year.
I Have been lucky enough to get a Lastolite 80cm Medium Easybox Octa II, two Photosel Stripboxes and a X Rite colorchecker passport.Read More
Took a last minute trip up to London Winter Wonderland , here are a few images of our day out. Really would like to make a trip up here just for photography, maybe next year!Read More
Took a drive down to Romley Marsh today as i have been wanting to find St Thomas Becket Church, Fairfield for a long time. I did my research and found out where and what time the sun would set and even a parking spot. I loaded up the car and set off from home just before 13:00hrs. I new it would take around an hour and fifteen minutes. Sunset was due around 15:54 so i new i would have about an hour and a half of shooting before sunset, taking into account getting my gear ready and walking to the church.
I would not have found this little gem without the aid of my GPS , the montana 650, which is a handheld gps unit that also doubles as a in car sat nav with a dedicated in car mount. This is a fairly new purchase and so far i really like it, especially handy for walking and keeping a track log.
I parked the car and got on my walking boots before grabbing my camera and tripod. I made my way across the road to the public footpath which leads you across the field towards the church. This can be easily seen from the road so you cant really get lost.Read More
Just got back from a short five day break on Dartmoor National Park. We have been to Dartmoor on a few occasions but never stayed in Dartmoor itself. We stayed in a cottage just of B3212 near Darcombe. We arrived at around 14:00 hrs and were greeted by the owner who allowed us in an hour early. Lovely lady , very friendly and down to earth. She showed us in and then left us to it. There was all the tea making facilities all laid out on the table along with cup cakes and fresh cut flowers, very nice welcome. Once we had a short rest, we then unpacked and got ourselves settled in. Due to it being later in the year than we normally visit the light was already starting to fade, so we decided to just wander around the ten acres of land we were in.Read More
Recently, i had the opportunity to visit The Skygarden in London. The garden is situated at the top of one of London's newest skyscrapers, The Walkie Talkie. If you would like to visit this amazing place for FREE just visit their website and book at date and time, print out the ticket and once through the airport style security, take a lift to the 35th floor.
Inside the main space you will find a array of different seating areas for you to sit and admire your surroundings. You can even purchase a selection of drinks both Hot and Cold, Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic along with a range of different snacks from the outlet situated in the middle.Read More
This years holiday was to Santa Ponsa in Mallorca. This is our fourth time to this resort and the third time staying in the same hotel, the H10 Playas De Mallorca , formerly the Hesperia. The hotel is a basic three star hotel which is conveniently situated on the beach front at Santa Ponsa. The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are very basic and to be honest really need some modernisation if they intend to continue attracting repeat visitors. This is not meant to be a review of the hotel , you can find out all you need to know online with a little bit of research.Read More
Tonight i head off on Holiday to Santa Ponsa and of course i will be taking a small amount of camera gear to try and capture some of it. I hope to be able to post images when i return but until then i am ready for Cocktails and Summer Sun !
Last week i shot a very small private wedding, for a lovely couple, Chris and Alina. We got some of the standard family images after which we separated from the family and made our way to Ellington Park in Ramsgate where we took a series of images, a few of which you can see below....Read More