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







Thank you for looking.


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. 



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






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. 



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

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.



Is anyone else starting a new project this year?

Weekly photo challenge

This week the challenge is “Half and Half”,  I was struggling a bit to come up with anything original and thought provoking.  Then yesterday was spent at sea dolphin spotting – we saw a few Risso’s dolphins but not much else.  It turned out to be an absolutely stunning day weather wise and it was just lovely being sat in the sun with the breeze and the ocean and I found myself just getting lost in it all the beautiful sky and the open expanse of the sea – it is the one place I truly switch off from everything going on in the world and life.  So I took this photo for the challenge – nothing original but I love it.


It is also the image that comes to mind when I hear the opening lines to one of my favourite songs by Darren Hayes

“You and I
We got splintered
Cut in two like earth and the sky
I say a prayer in the distance
That my faith in love will survive”

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

A walk around The Dodman.

I mentioned a few post ago that I had lost my mojo a good few months ago, I really want to get it back as I so love taking photos and I love my camera. I use to take my camera everywhere with me but for ages now I haven’t bothered, in fact I even thought of selling it all – but then thought how silly as I would only go out and buy another one!!!  So instead I started to use my phone all the time for photos whilst we were walking, then I made the effort  to take my compact with me and use that instead of the phone.
At least it is light and easy to carry.  So for the last few weeks I have been literally just snapping away as we walk, the results are nothing special but at least I am taking some.  I do believe my mojo is coming back now, certainly with Mr Todd on the scene now, just hope he stays long enough for me to really get back in the swing of things.

So here are a few from our walk on Saturday.

As we parked the car this was the first thing we saw we made us laugh, this sheep sat there watching us through the bars of the gate.


We walked through the gate and started to go down the path to be met by this one – who did not look too impressed at our being there!


The view as we walked across one of the fields.


Sat on the top of The Dodman looking out to sea, it was very windy up there so we didn’t stay as long as usual.  No jellyfish to be seen today, the sea has been full of Barrel Jellyfish around the rocks, you look down and the sea is full of them.


I am never quick enough to capture butterflies or anything that flies if honest, but this bee was very obliging and stayed put long enough for me to get a photo.


Looking down on Vault beach, we have to walk back to the house right at the end on top – that little grey dot! You may have to enlarge and zoom in to see it lol


That was the last one taken.  Thanks for looking if you have got this far, please feel free to leave a comment, like everyone I like to read them 🙂

Sunday bike fix

We took a little bike ride over to the North coast this afternoon, a bit chilly today and not very sunny but still lovely to be out on the bike again.  Not many surfers out which I was surprised at but the thrift is looking lovely right now.


Stopped at Portreath for the usual cuppa

I watched these two girls carry dad’s board across the beach they did struggle a bit, at one point it looked like the wind was going to blow them and the board away but dad was totally unaware! I hope he let them have a go when they got in the water!


I even managed to find a couple more telephone boxes to photograph 🙂

The Nare

Saturday afternoon we had a walk around Nare Head, one of my favourite spots.   Looking down on Kiberick cove.



I just love sitting on the top of the cliff looking out to sea, I can always guarantee I will be able to switch off totally here and my mind with just ‘be still’.