More small garden birds at Heligan.

I took myself off to Heligan again early Saturday morning to spend some time with my camera and reacquainting my interest.  My plan was to get to the hide first thing (as a Friend of Heligan, we can go in an hour before opening time on Fri and Sat) and spend some quiet time watching and photographing the birds. They are a lot of young around at the moment which makes my life easier as they tend to sit in one place for a while unlike the parents who are flitting back and forth to them!!   Have to say I am really enjoying renewing my interest in photography with the help of these lovely little birds.

 

I am pretty sure this is a baby Robin.

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Great Tit

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Female Chaffinch

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Wren –  I was delighted to not only see this little chap but to actually get a photo of him made my day.  We have them in the garden but they are so quick and shy that I have never managed to get a photo before.

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House Sparrow feeding it’s young – not a brilliant photo but I was happy to get it 🙂

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A photo A Week Challenge: (Water)

This is the first time I have taken part in Nancy’s challenge even though I see it every week.  As I am getting back into blogging and photography I felt this week’s theme was a perfect time for me to start.   Here are my offerings for the challenge.  Thank you Nancy 🙂

 

Splash             Splash

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Angry

Energy

Energy

Tranquil

Tranquil

Thank you for looking.

Lost Gardens of Heligan Part 2

Following of from yesterday’s post about Heligan here are some more images that I took,  the flower garden is looking and smelling amazing at the moment.

 

Thank you for looking. 🙂

 

 

 

Trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Part 1

Having renew my Heligan Friends membership at the beginning of the month I took myself off there this morning with the sole intention of taking some photos of the birds.  I had the hide to myself for over an hour and considering I haven’t done much photography of late I am very pleased with what I achieved.  For some reason my camera battery is not holding it’s charge lately so although I left the house with a full battery by the time I turned the camera on it was only three quarters full!!!!  Time for a new battery I think – probably dying due to lack of use lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting back into the swing of things.

Bernadette had some tulips the other day for painting and now that they are starting to go over I have pinched them for photographing lol.  so whilst Mick watched the rugby yesterday I popped out to the greenhouse with the vase of tulips and the trusty camera and tripod and indulged myself for a hour.  Here are some of the results, I used my 50mm lens, manual mode,  ISO 200, varying apertures from f5 – f11,  natural day light in the greenhouse, black sheet hung up behind, used live view for focusing.

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Then in the evening I took a stroll to the church at the end of our road as I wanted to take this image in the dark to see what it was like – Mick has given it the title of ‘Golden Gate’ – which I thought was quite good lol  I did leave it a little late going out as I was having problems with the computer so it was very dark.  I used a 50mm lens, with and ISO of 400, f5 at 30 secs exposure.  I am pleased with it but may try it again a bit earlier in the evening and when it is not pouring with rain!!!

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After I had finished photographing the path I walked down through the gate and enjoyed taking some light trails – always good fun in my books.  I liked this one the best as the trails go right down through the image.  Once again using a 50mm lens, ISO 200, f16 and 30 secs exposure.

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First play with the Olympus TG4 – underwater camera.

So for some time now I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a waterproof camera, not because I go diving or even swimming in the sea much but I do like exploring rock pools and playing in the waves and as we all know sea water and cameras do not go well together. I have spent a lot of time reading different reviews and trying to decide if I should just buy a waterproof casing for my Canon G15 or buy a specifically designed underwater camera.  The reviews I read all say the image quality is not that great, so why spend the money on another camera that is not going to give good quality images. In the end I decided not to buy a casing for my G15 for the reason that if the camera died or I upgraded it I would be left with an expensive casing and if the casing failed at any time I would have lost the camera as well.  So the decision was to buy an underwater camera purely for playing in the water with, although this means I end up with two compact cameras – not ideal but I don’t really want to swap my G15 for anything at the moment as it is a great little compact.  So it was back to the review reading, each time I thought I had made my mind up on the best one to get I would read a negative review and that would send right back to square one.   So at last I settled on an Olympus TG4 but then I read some comments re uploading raw files and not being able to open them.  Thankfully a number of chaps at the camera club are using Olympus cameras so I emailed one of them and asked if he had any problems, to which he doesn’t.  On chatting I explained what I was looking at and why – it turned out that he had bought the TG4 for his wife in Sept for a trip to New Zealand, she took two photos with it and never looked at it again!! If I wanted to have a look at it and a play I was more than welcome as he was looking to sell it!! Talk about meant to be – even more so when he said it was red as that was the colour I was after! 

So last Sunday afternoon even though the weather wasn’t great I took myself off to one of the local beaches Towan Beach to have a play and try out some of the different settings.  Admittedly I think there are a number of settings that I may never use but it will be nice to try them out at some stage.  So far I have had a play with the underwater macro mode, panorama mode, landscape, sports (on waves), aperture priority and microscopic mode (which I think is going to be my favourite). 

Below are some of the images for you to see.  I am not disappointed and once the warmer weather arrives I will get a lot of use out of it, of that I am sure. 

The first show the microscopic mode – none are cropped. 

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A sea anemone, I was pleased with the colours on this. Unfortunately they were all asleep whilst I was there. 

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The next two I used the sports mode for the waves.  As you can see by the colour of the sky it was a very dull damp day. 

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I need to practise with the panorama mode – it takes three images and then stitches them together but I obviously didn’t keep it very straight lol. 

I am really looking forward to playing with this some more, especially when I can get in the water and test it properly. 

A New Year a New Start

It feels like it has been a long time since I actually managed to get out with the camera (well it has been a long time) with the intention and motivation to take any photos as I have become lazy and tend to use my phone a lot these days and don’t actually put much thought into what I am taking to be honest – maybe that is the side effect of doing a 365 project (yes I actually completed it last year – not to be repeated I hasten to add!).

I have decided not to make any New Year Resolutions this year as I never stick with them, just like millions of others across the world, instead I am just applying the following to my life  ‘Change, Let go and Move On’ it covers just about everything in a roundabout way and it is what I feel my life needs right now, not that there is anything wrong with my life but it does need some minor alterations and tweaks here and there and 2016 is the year for them I feel.

So first off is a change and that is to stop saying I don’t have the time to get out with the camera and actually get out and take some photos purely for me and no one else, take what I like regardless of whether others ‘get it’ or not, regardless of whether it has been taken a thousand times before by thousands before me – if I like it I will take it – and here is the first Mevagissey Lighthouse, photographed by all those that visit Meva – this angle has been taken time and time again but this is the first time I have taken it from this angle and I like it.  I have even been a dare devil and played with presets in LR and added a vignette – so three firsts in one photo lol

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This is the first of a new project that has been swimming around my head for a number of months now – so many it could be a year or two!!!  I love just sitting on the beach and listening and watching the waves, so I shall be exploring wave images with my camera and seeing what I come up with.

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Is anyone else starting a new project this year?

Weekly Photo Challenge – Inspiration

Well like most photographers I find inspiration all around me but some things connect with me more than others, the same for everyone really.  I will have a go at photographing most things but one of the subjects I always find myself coming back to is flowers.  Over the last year I have been taking photos of dead flowers for a change and really enjoy it.

Our eldest daughter changed jobs in July and she was bought some flowers which she brought home with her and at the right moment I moved them into the greenhouse to die off a bit more, then on Sunday I actually found the time to get out there.

So at the moment this is my inspiration, before I have done them in black and white but I really love the colours in these so trying it out.

Thanks for looking. 🙂

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To see what inspires others follow the link below.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Inspiration.”