Sloane Square to Brompton Cemetery

Fate

Fate – 27mm; ISO 200; 1/250 sec; f/2.8 (click image to view larger size)

Last week I attended another photo walk with the Surrey & Hampshire Photography Group. A small group of about 15 walked a route that took us from our starting point at Sloane Square to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, down to the River Thames and over Chelsea Bridge, into and through Battersea Park, crossing back over the river on Albert Bridge, along the embankment, up through Chelsea and into Brompton Cemetery, around 5 miles in total.

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In search of deer … and light!

Stag or Stick?

Stag or Stick? – 135mm; ISO 400; 1/25 sec; f/5.6 (click image to view larger size)

One evening last week I took a stroll with my camera in Richmond Park, hoping to find deer in a pleasing woodland setting with some nice late sunlight. It was a venture destined with failure!

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A Change of Perspective

Snake's Head Fritillary with Aphid

Snake’s Head Fritillary with Aphid

A change of perspective can often improve your results when out shooting, as discussed by Scott Bourne in his blog post I read recently, and most photographers are well aware of this. In my case, the change in perspective isn’t to do with moving my feet, or lying down or even selecting a different lens. It’s being unable to get out as much as I normally would due to a bad back. It’s not horrendous so I shouldn’t grumble, it’s just frustrating. When I think back to spring last year, I was out 2-3 times a week in search of bluebells.

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Snowdrops

Snowdrops - 60mm; ISO 400; 1/200 sec; f/4.0 (click image to view larger size)

Snowdrops – 60mm; ISO 400; 1/200 sec; f/4.0 (click image to view larger size)

This was the first time I’ve attempted to photograph snowdrops. Nursing a bad back, I haven’t managed to do much photography lately, but this morning I headed out with just my Fuji X-T1 and a 60mm macro lens so I could travel light.

I’d seen some snowdrops in Richmond Park previously and I was lucky with the light. Although mid-morning by the time I arrived and the winter sun bright in the sky, these snowdrops were in partial shade with dappled light coming through overhead trees.

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X-shooter

First test shot

First test shot – 35mm; ISO 1600; 1/15 sec; f/1.4

Today I became the happy owner of a Fuji X-T1 and a set of 4 lenses.

After trying one out at a Fuji X-perience day and further research since, I made the decision to switch and now was the best time to buy with fantastic cash-back offers from Fuji about to come to an end.

What better way to celebrate than with a test shot taken on the 35mm f/1.4 to check out the limited depth of field it produces?

 


Fuji X-perience Day

Amber

Amber – 50mm; ISO 100; 1/250 sec; f/2.0 (click image to view larger size)

I was lucky enough to bag a ticket, along with about 60 other photographers, to a Fuji X-perience day held at the offices of Amateur Photographer magazine.

I was mostly looking forward to getting my hands on a Fuji X-T1 and a selection of lenses to try out a mirror-less system. I’d seen some impressive results from other photographers and I was keen to lighten the load in my camera bag.

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