Tewkesbury Abbey

Well life is starting to level out a bit now and I am very slowly starting to pick up the camera again.  This weekend I went up to Tewkesbury on route to pick Amanda up from uni for the last time and enjoyed some camera and me time.  I really enjoyed walking around the Abbey and of course the graveyard, (yes I am one of those people who really enjoy exploring graveyards and photographing them), though there didn’t seem to be many head stones (they were piled on tope of each other) but several tombstones.  There are lovely memorial gardens around the Abbey itself which are very well kept.

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Of course I couldn’t miss the flowers out could I now??

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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. 

Weekly photo challenge – Door

Back in May Mick and I decided to take a walk to Golden Mill and then on to Creed church, a walk we have not done for some years, even though it is on our doorstep!!  It is a lovely church tucked away amongst shrubs and trees and very peaceful.

I thought the side door of the church would be very fitting for these week’s challenge, even though not a new one!

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

Weekly Photo Challenge – Muse

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for this challenge until I looked at my phone and realise that my muse is definitely flowers.  I always find myself being drawn back to them.  Here are a few I took with my phone the other morning in the garden prior to going to work.  They did the trick in the sense I now want to get my camera out to take some more thought out photos as appose to a quick phone snap.  Though I am going away tomorrow so that is not going to happen!!

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

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Broken.”

Over a year ago now I started collecting photographs of Red Telephone Boxes, I haven’t taken any for a while as my mojo got up and left me a few months ago and I am really struggling to get it back but hopefully it will do gradually.

Last Sunday whilst we were driving around the North coast I said to Mick if we saw any could we stop and believe it or not we found 2.  One which fits in perfectly with this week’s theme of broken, I felt so sad to see this box so broken and neglected.  This one is on Roseworthy Hill, Camborne.

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This one is in Goonbell and in much better condition, still working actually.

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Intricate drawing

Our eldest daughter drew this for her dad as a birthday present.  It is of our dog Sammy (who is no longer with us) she took it from a photograph and it is made up of intricate dots and squiggles and is him to a T.  She was 17 at the time.  Wish I had her talent to draw lol.April-iphone-135

to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”

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We attended a local Steam and Vintage Rally today which gave me an opportunity to take a photo for this week’s challenge.
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Static engine – blur.

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