Fortunately I’d chosen to visit the Pond a few days before the present heatwave really hit us. Nevertheless – it was a really bright,sunny day and I was armed with my brand new camera – Olympus Stylus 1 – recommended by a very helpful assistant at Park Cameras in Burgess Hill. Because I’m struggling with the settings etc I ended up going back to ‘auto’ . I know I could have done better, but hope I’ll get brownie points for trying!
I do feel the need for a kindly hand to guide me or a nearby class to join, but meanwhile , though it takes twice as long when you don’t know what you’re doing, I will learn by swotting and trial and error – and I will try to compensate by being ‘artistic’ …. But – I’m loving my new Stylus 1 and something I didn’t think I’d find easy is using the view-finder! My not so efficient eyesight means I prefer to use the screen to take my pics usually. But this viewfinder is a good size and switches from the screen mode automatically when you press said viewfinder to your brow. I’m sure it’s making me hold the camera steadier too.
As I took rather a lot of pics I will spread them over a couple of posts. Some are of the scenery, some of the wildlife and some of people and doggies.
This is taken from a small concrete bridge where the Lake leads into a somewhat stagnant looking canal. It is very quiet and secluded and the reflections of the surrounding greenery are lovely.
A little bit further along, the Lake narrows and is dissected by a road, the other side seems to be quite a little haven for the ducks and geese as they like to gather there to be fed by everybody. It’s a very picturesque part …
From another angle. I liked the shadow patterns of the tree.
Well folks, as usual, I would really appreciate any comments or thoughts on these images, if you have the inclination. see you soon with some doggie pics.
many blessings, Eileen
I was feeling very fed up last friday afternoon so on the spur of the moment , and believe me – I am not a ‘spontaneous’ person by any means, I decided to take a stroll down to The Pond again. It was a glorious, warm, sunny day to take advantage of ….
I felt well rewarded when I came across this Heron. Usually I’ve just been able to make him out in the distance, across the other side of the lake. He was still a fair distance from me , as you can see from the second image, so I used the little zoom on my camera for this one – risking a bit of camera shake in the process.
With a little bit of tweaking in my Paintshop Pro, I think it’s turned out ok. Sometimes when I see all the wonderfully sharp close up pics taken by other photographers here, I lament my lack of ‘equipment’ and camera expertise. But even if I had them, physical limitations would prevent me using them I think. I really must get my son to take me to Parks Camera shop in Burgess Hill so that I can talk to an ‘expert’ and try handling cameras!
Oh dear, I fear I’m waffling a bit …. but truly, this is something that keeps cropping up for me and I never do anything about. I could leave the planet before I ever do ! Comments are always most welcome here [ NB. I’ve been trying to learn how to attract more ‘traffic’ to my blogs recently] , and also your constructive criticism of my photographic efforts. I know there are web sites and forums where you can submit your work, but I get defeated by the technical know how – ha ha – the attention span is decreasing with age lol. Till next time then , Eileen
Thought I’d throw in these as an afterthought ….
I watched the Trooping of the Colour [celebrating the Queen’s birthday] on TV last saturday and decided to have a go at taking photos ….[ I’m hoping I haven’t breached any copyright laws]. I was quite pleased with the results in spite of having to deal [post-production] with the inevitable reflections on the tv screen. I could be clearly seen holding the camera in some of them so had to discard them.
Another problem I had was unwanted lines and ‘moire’ patterns so I removed them as best I could. As a result sometimes the images weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. Anyway – I tried to compensate what were technical problems by concentrating more on composition and cropping.
I love all the colour and pomp and circumstance too. My dear old Dad was in the TA Royal Artillary in the 1920 s and was with horses and gun carriages like these. I specially like their uniforms – so dashing ….
I don’t get out and about very much, so it was a really nice photo opportunity when my good friends, Jean & Harry, took me to Wakehurst Place for the day. It has a little Mansion , beautiful grounds and several ponds/lakes etc. These are just some of the pics to give a flavour…..
See you soon ….. Eileen
For the first time in years I went away for a long weekend break . My family treated me to a Centre parc hol with them for the Bank holiday. It was wonderful to have a change of scenery and the opportunity to use my new camera on the wildlife . I was keen to try out the longer zoom lens on it and I was not disappointed. This lovely Jay came to visit the chalet , plus lots of ducks and squirrels.
As a footnote …. I must say here that I inadvertantly deleted all my previous Post images and I don’t think I can retreive them. So – as there’s no point in having the text without the pics, it looks like I’ll have to delete everything and start again from scratch. I’m currently seeking advice on the Forum but I don’t hold out much hope !! Any suggestions here therefore will be most welcome …. Eileen