This year we decided to go somewhere different, we stayed in a little town called Lapad In Dubrovnik Croatia. We stayed at the Hotel Kompas a Four Star Plus hotel right on the beach. I say beach but it was all pebbles. Lapad is relatively quiet resort but it is still in its infancy as far as tourism is concerned, there are many hotels still being built. These hotels are high end four and five star hotels with high quality fixtures and fittings. Dubrovnik Old Town is a short bus ride away some ten to fifteen minutes away and is probably the busiest City i have ever been to. Its popularity has been boosted by the hit HBO series Game of Thrones as much of it was filmed in Dubrovnik as well as a little island , Locrum just off the coast of Dubrovnik.Read More
Today we did the City Wall walk of Dubrovnik Old Town. Tickets are 150 Kuna and include the City walls and entry to the fort the other side of Kings Landing . The walk of the walls probably took around two to two and a half hours , we got here fairly early on a cloudy morning which was perfect as we neared the end the sun was at its highest and the temperature rose quickly.
The cloudy start made for some atmospheric images again can't wait to edit the Dslr files.
Arrived safe and well in Croatia and today was our first full day and headed straight down to the old town as my wife was dying to see kings landing , what a place. Timed it right as we got off the bus we headed straight down to it. There were hardly anyone around so took advantage of getting some images before the tours arrived.
will post more as and when I can , look forward to editing Dslr files
A little late but i took i trip up to London with my wife , on Sunday . Decided to go to Canary Wharf area first as she had not been and then made our way to Bank and stopped off at Leadenhall Market past Lloyds of London and down towards Tower Bridge. From here we made our way along and over Tower Bridge to City Hall. Past PWC building and back towards London Bridge where we got a train back home. Nice walk around
Here are a few of the images i managed to capture along the way............Read More
As i was getting up i must have disturbed my wife , who quickly decided to join me, so we both got up and sorted out, quick coffee before loading the car for a short drive to Viking Bay Broadstairs.
When we arrived it quickly became apparent that there was a lot of cloud and we were going to be extremely lucky to get a good sunrise. With that in mind i decided i was going for a longish exposure to blur the incoming waves. I Found a composition i liked and set about taking images and trying to time it right with the waves on the retreat to get the white trails as it retreats back.
The above image was at ISO 100 F/22 for 13 seconds. I tweaked the white balance to get a softer feel to the image.
I took a few images at this spot and processed them all slightly different to see what a difference processing makes to a image and converted one to black and white. Not the best sunrise but still a nice thing to do, just not to often !Read More
Took a trip over to Margate tonight to try and capture the sunset, this turned out to be a bit of a non event really due to a large bank of cloud which blocked the setting sun. So i decided to stroll along to the newly re opened Dreamland Amusement Park . I wanted to capture the new signs on the building along with some light trails to mimic the neon signs around the building. I first tried the Lee Big Stopper a Ten Stop ND filter but this was giving me a two minute exposure time, this was a little to long and just seemed to burn the light trails out. I then turned to my Kood 0.9 3 Stop neutral density filter which gave me this 8 second exposure at ISO 100 F/16.
Love the new look Dreamland, very retro ! I am pleased they have done away with the entry fee and gone back to the free entry and pay per ride or purchase wristband, this was as it was when i was a kid. Sure this will help increase their visitor numbers.
They are also making great improvements all the time including now putting on live bands. I wish them every success in the future , it can only be good for Margate and the wider Thanet area.
The above image of the waterfall on Madeira Walk Ramsgate, was taken on a tripod as the exposure time was 120 seconds at Iso 100 F/8.0. I had a Circular Polariser on with a Lee 0.9 soft grad filter and a Lee 10 stop big stopper. This is what created the movement in the clods and the soft falling water.Read More
Photographing children really is a challenge , a lesson i will bear in mind in future is to be ready and set up before your subjects arrive. I wanted to use a few more lights in my set up but the kids did not want to wait for me to get ready and were getting bored with it all.
I purchased a couple of items such as the basket and a pack of laminate floor to put it on, so pretty low cost shoot really.Read More
Have not been out for ages with the camera due to on going home improvements . Tonight i decided i had had enough of decorating and headed out with the camera. I headed over to Margate to try and capture the sunset. Well the sun obviously set but not that it was seen by anyone, the cloud just rolled in at the last minute and completely blocked it. I continued walking along Margate seafront from the Turner Contemporary to the train station. I found an island in the middle of the road that i thought might make a good location to shoot from looking down along the seafront.
There was nothing happening with the sky at all so i decided to do a long exposure to blur out the traffic and create some light trails. I set up my camera on a tripod and composed the shot. I used a Lee Big Stopper , a 10 stop ND filter. This gave me a exposure of 80 seconds at iso 100 F 8/.0 The image was processed using a single RAW file in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop.
Dreamlands new sign, which i think is based on the original, really does dominate the seafront , lets hope they make a real success of their venture and help attract much needed tourists to the area.
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