ICKWORTH HOUSE – 26

This week some members of our local photographic club travelled to Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Ickworth House is a National Trust Property, famous for its Rotunda, House, parkland and church. Here are some images I got on the day. The weather wasn’t brilliant – overcast at times – but no rain. We were grateful for that.

This is the famed Rotunda. The NT ( National Trust ) are in the process of raising funds to replace 7,000 pieces of slate.

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This is the East Wing of the building from across the Italianate Gardens.

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Another section of the gardens with the Rotunda in the background.

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The last group are of St Mary’s Church in the grounds of the house – including two shots of the church interior. The lighting inside was superb. I just had to have a go at capturing it! I think I did. I hope you agree.

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There was too much to take in on one day – almost certainly worth a return trip.

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Flower Images – 25

Some different takes on flower photography this week.

The first is the studio shot of a freshly cut rose. This was an experiment into 3D ( or stereoscopic ) photography and this is only one of the pair of images I took. Sadly at the moment I can’t show you the 3D effect – but maybe later.

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This one is a table decoration in a local coffee shop. A grab shot on an iPhone with natural light. I left the ‘order number’ and the books in the shot as added interest.

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These last two are of wild flowers on a recent visit to Switzerland : the first a worm’s eye view, and the second thistle-like ( or clover? ) plant attracting the interest of an small insect.

You can see I’m not at all clued up on the names of Flora and Fauna – but in my mind, it’s the image that counts!

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TEXTURE – 24

This week I’ve been thinking about Texture as an important element in my images. Of course, everything has ‘texture’ to some degree, but capturing that in an image is not straightforward. The answer, in the main, is in the lighting – and certainly side-lighting is a great way to bring out the texture in many subjects.

Using texture as a form of contrast in the image is always powerful, as in the feather and chain shot. I’ll leave it to you to decide if these work for you. That , after all, is the acid test!

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From Austria – 23

Just back from Zell am See in Austria – a little late with the post, but I’m trying to catch up. We’ve only been away for a week and there seems so many things to do!!

Anyway – up near the Großglockner mountain ( Austria’s highest ) in the Hohe Tauern National Park, the snow was still stacked pretty deep!

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The Krimml Waterfall – absolutely stunning – too high to walk to the top – but you can get quite wet just by stopping to watch the water. Apologies for the water droplets on the lens. Perhaps i should have taken an underwater camera mount!!!

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And a perfect reflection in a small tarn, as we would call it – or is it a reservoir? – just above Zell am See where we were based for the week. Some twenty seconds later the breeze came up and the reflection was gone!!

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So, just three of my 700 plus images – and some bits of video. A fantastic week – and I travelled very light – my Olympus EM-1 MkII and a single lens – my 12 -100mm f/4 Pro lens. I did take a wide angle (8mm) and a macro lens but they never left the hotel room

Zell am See – 22

In Zell am See, Austria this week. So direct from my phone an evening shot across the lake.

Not been to the mountains of Austria? Stunning; absolutely breathtaking!!

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