This week the photography club took a trip to the Lavender Fields in Ickleford, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire. We chose a very hot day, but the lavender looked good, the bees were humming and the occasional splash of red from the poppies added to the scene.
From a selfish photographers perspective, it was quite crowded but I managed some shots to capture the colour – and the atmsophere.
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!
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!!!
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!!
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
Just back from a week away in Kent. We stayed south of Canterbury, on a farm in a small village called Stelling Minnis. Came back with too many images – can’t show you them all but here are a favourite four that might just interest you!
Maybe next week I’ll show you some more. On the other hand …..
The cloisters at Canterbury Cathedral. A superb building, but unfortunately covered in scaffold for a much need clean.
The White Cliffs of Dover. We were lucky enough to see a ( two seater ) Spitfire ( maybe from Biggin Hill? ) that did a run past the cliffs then came back and barrel-rolled overhead the docks. Sadly, wrong lens on the camera – I was travelling light that day!
Coloured chairs outside the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery at Margate. Is this ‘Still Life’? Or just a picture of four chairs?
The evening sky the night before we left. Not quite my last shot of the week, but it certainly made me feel good.
Another quite photographic week, but yesterday morning we walked along the River Stort going north out of Sawbridgeworth towards Bishops Stortford.
I didn’t even take my Olympus along with me this time – but, as they say, the best camera is the one you have with you – and I had my iPhone. These were all taken using the Lightroom app on the iPhone enabling you to capture RAW images on the phone, and wirelessly transfer them to your computer!
This is one big animal – enjoying a box of old apples with a younger family member.
For those into vintage cars, this appears to be an old Ford. ( Shame about the No Parking sign – ironic, I suppose! )
An early morning walk in Epping Forest took us to Connaught Water, a large stretch of water near Chingford.
Not great light, but thankfully the rain held off. The second image is of some tree branches close to the water – a 25 second exposure taken with a ‘big stopper’ filter to give the water that soft, creamy look.
We’ve just returned from a week in Shropshire where we stayed in a stunning house situated to the west of Ostwestry, close to the Wales/England border. These images are of the view from the main sitting room and verandah, looking west into Wales.
They show, not only the magnificence of the view, but also the changing light and conditions that we saw during the week.
Even on the last days as we prepared to leave, and the rain hammered down across the valley, it still retained its splendour and beauty.
If you do not know Shropshire, go take a look. But don’t tell too many people. Keep it our secret. 🙂
During our Northumberland trip we spent an evening on the beach at Bamburgh in the hour – and a little after – sunset.
The changing colour of the light was fantastic, and the colour when the sun had finally set was stunning. We could have stayed longer – but in the end the call for food, and a glass of wine, was too strong.
Bamburgh and the Northumberland coast is one of England’s best kept secrets. Don’t tell too many people about it!