Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Last evening The Halfords Tour Series visited Peterborough. It is a ten round city centre cycling race series with 50 minute race for women and 1 hour for men. I tried various ideas during the two races. Panning for the men's race was very difficult as they moved very fast and we are close to the action. I tried 1/40 second to 1/200 sec and found around 1/160th gave the most consistent results but not very exciting.The last two shots were taken towards the end of the race and you can see the effort that they are making
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Lots of people dressed up in period costumes to photograph at Bletchley Park today. The light was very bright and contrasty so I found the images work best with low contrast and saturation. Even Sadie got into the spirit.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
There is a contemporary sculpture exhibition from 28th May at Waddesdon Manor till October.Major sculptural works by the world’s leading contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor (mirrors above), Robert Indiana (LOVE) and Antony Gormley (recumbent figure) were already on view in the gardens. I liked the interaction in the last image where it is definitely hands off
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I visited Waddesdon Manor on the way back today. It is a magnificent renaissance-style château built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 19th Century to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world.The Victorian garden is considered one of the finest in Britain with its parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statuary. At its heart lies the aviary, stocked with species once part of Baron Ferdinand's collection.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I visited Stowe Landscape Gardens today on my way to lecture in Oxford. Temperature hit 25 degrees and clear blue skies - such a contrast to the last week of cold cloudy days. Good weather for the infrared though the foliage is so fresh and active that there is too much light and contrast around
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Today was cold and grey - more like February than mid May. We went to Wicken looking to photograph Hobbies catching mayflies - the mayflies were all immobile in the reeds and I only saw one distant Hobby . There were several Cuckoos; the lady above nearly trod on this one before it broke cover. Also caught in flight Marsh Harrier, Black-headed Gull (picking mayflies out of the reeds), Swift and Kestrel