A set of photos from my first ever visit to Avebury. I must go back one day. It’s a place that really needs to be lived in or near for a while so you can learn its moods. A couple of hours dodging other tourists is not the best way to understand something so large and so ancient, in my opinion.
What’s Avebury? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avebury
Another Dawn Raid. Another visit to Upnor, because it’s not too far from home and I hadn’t really planned anything further afield.
I was surprised to discover it’s been almost a year since my last visit, and you’d have thought I might have exhausted the photographic possibilities of the village. However, I found quite a lot to feast my lens on.
As ever, for iDevices, the Flash-free link to my Flickr photostream set.
As ever, for those without the gift of Flash, please follow this link.
I got up early this morning to go out to Hoo St Werburgh again, this time with a friend keen to try out his new camera.
I made the conscious decision to shoot black and white. The hazy early morning landscape sort of lent itself to mono today, with very little colour visible even when the sun had risen quite high.
I am quite pleased with the results. Strange as it may sound, I think I am maturing as a landscape photographer. I feel able to pick my subjects, and capture them, without trying too hard. Most of the images I took today are acceptable, but I am getting much better at editing down to the very best, which is why those uploaded represent about ten per cent of the total frames I took.
I shoot a Canon EOS 7D. As well as some Canon lenses, I also own some Sigma lenses. I acquired an ƒ/2.8 70–200mm Sigma a little while ago.
Now, something about using Sigma lenses on Canon bodies bugs me. See if you can spot it in this screenshot from Aperture (bear in mind the image was shot using the 70–200mm):
See the lens model at the bottom? It seems the Canon “brain” sees the Sigma lens, but identifies it as an ƒ/2.8 50–150mm plus a 1.4x extender! Do the maths, and you’ll see this odd combination actually works out as a 70–210mm. It’s not just this lens, either. All my Sigma lenses, both EF and EF-S compatible, are reported incorrectly in the EXIF from the camera. Weird but true.
It would be really nice if there was a way to correct this, either in the camera or within Aperture. I haven’t found a way yet.
As the seasons roll round, and the summer heads our way, thoughts turn again to getting out at the crack of dawn to make pictures.
I thought I was alone in my early bird habits, but a friend of mine is keen enough to learn more about his new camera that he suggested we head out together.
So, Friday morning it is. We’ll be heading for my favourite spot of Hoo St Werburgh, by the Kingsnorth power station on the river Medway. The tide will be in, the weather looks set fair-ish, and the sun will rise at a not unreasonable 06.39 BST.
I have to say, I am really looking forward to the trip.
I’ve managed to stumble through my second month of the 366 Breakfast Project. February with 29 days, as it’s a leap year, obviously.
Overall, I am pleased with some of the images I managed to get. I do think the restricted theme is helping my creativity a bit. However, there are still 10 months to go, some 306 breakfasts to photograph. I hope I can maintain the flow.
Related: January – a set on Flickr
For those sans Flash (and who isn’t these days?) here’s February on Flickr.
As I struggle in the foothills of my 366 Breakfast project (I’ll post February’s efforts later), Mark Casey has just reached the summit of his. I know he found it hard at times, but he’s managed to complete the assignment. I wonder what he’ll do with his time now he doesn’t have to worry about getting an image every day?