Connaught Water – 48

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.

Connaught Water
Shapes
Texture
Old Tree
Fungi

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EPPING FOREST WALK – 43

A walk through Epping Forest this morning just after a short rain shower.

The forest had everything – colour, sunshine, bright red fungi, old trees with nooks and crannies and the blazing oranges of autumnal ferns.

All images taken on the Olympus EM-1 with a 45 – 150mm lens. I travelled very light.

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Is there a better way to spend an autumn morning?

SHROPSHIRE – 41

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.

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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. 🙂

 

BAMBURGH BEACH AT DUSK – 38

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.

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Bamburgh and the Northumberland coast is one of England’s best kept secrets. Don’t tell too many people about it!

BREAMISH VALLEY – 37

In Northumberland for a week with some photography friends from our club. The weather for the week doesn’t look too kind but yesterday we went to the Breamish Valley on the east side of the Northumberland National Park. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a shot of the River Breamish running across the rocks forming a small weir. Taken at f/22, 1/20 sec at ISO 320.

NEW iPHONE – 35

I’ve just purchased a new phone – an iPhone 7 plus – my old iPhone 5s died as a result of premature battery failure – and lack of working memory ( but that’s another story ).

Following the advice that the best camera you own is the one you have with you, we ventured out along part of the River Stort where it runs through Harlow. And I grabbed a couple of shots along the way with the new phone.

I have always – because of the limitations of most phones –  captured phone shots as jpegs and then imported them from the Camera Roll into Lightroom Sync ( part of the Adobe CC package ).  But I have discovered, quite by chance, that Lightroom Sync ( on the iPhone 7 plus ) now has the ability to record images in RAW format and then sync them directly back to your main Lightroom Classic CC catalog!

The three images below were all taken on the phone as RAW images using the Lightroom Sync App.

BRACKET FUNGI by John AllenHARLOW LOCK, RIVER SORT by John AllenRIVER STORT by John Allen

As you may, know RAW images shot in Black and White still retain all of the colour data, and I also shot some B&W’s in the Lightroom app  ( later in a coffee shop and not included here ) and sure enough – I’d never tried it before – back at home I could convert those images back to colour!

Suffice it to say, that I’m quite pleased with the combination of the iPhone’s camera and the Lightroom CC Sync’s new ability to record in RAW. Isn’t technology great!!

HATFIELD FOREST, EARLY MORNING – 33

A couple of mornings ago a friend and I got up early ( 4:00 am ) and drove up to Hatfield Forest near Stansted Airport to catch the dawn. And what a morning it was! A mist hung across the whole lake when we arrived, and then the sun rose and the mist struggled to survive – but was eventually dissipated by the increasing temperature.

Here is just a sample of the images we captured.

SwanSWAN by John Allen

FloraFLORA by John Allen

The LakeHATFIELD FOREST LAKE by John Allen

Boats In The MistBOATS IN THE MIST by John Allen

Light In The ForestLIGHT IN THE FOREST by John Allen

We must go back!!!

LONDON SKIES – 27

We were in London last weekend, and on the Sunday evening we walked along the Thames. The evening sky was quite dramatic, and these are a few of the images I caught that evening.

From the south bank, looking west across a span of Tower Bridge.London Sky-1

The sun setting behind the dome of St Pauls Cathedral.London Sky-2

Shapes and patterns in the clouds.London Sky-3

The Great Fire of London Monument silhouetted against the setting sun.London Sky-4

Enjoy!

Männlichen – 26

Some more images from our recent Switzerland trip.
These were all taken from Männlichen, situated above Wengen, and accessed by a recently refurbished cable car. If you take the cable car from Wengen, grab the opportunity to go upstairs to the external viewing gallery! Feel the wind in your hair as you make the ascent/descent!

A multitude of waterfalls!Mannlichen-1Mannlichen-2

Meadow flowers – and barbed wire!Mannlichen-3

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Could these be orchids?Mannlichen-5

More meadow flowers.Mannlichen-6Mannlichen-7

The North Face of the Eiger.Mannlichen-8Mannlichen-9