Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Dandelion Wishes

Went to my friends house for lunch in her garden yesterday and took some photos of her and her son. Took some lovely natural portraits of him blowing dandelion fairies. Was very pleased with the outcome, even though children are relatively easy to take good portraits of compared to us adults who get self concious in front of the camera...

Settings were around F4.5 and 1/1000th second. I had forgotten to check my ISO before I started (again) and wasn't til I got home I realised I'd left it on 500. Fortunately the D300 can cope well with that and the pictures weren't too noisy.
Here are some samples of the day:

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Ripley Castle

Well today is the first chance I had to try out my new Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens. Gosh it was exciting!! And what a gloooooorious day it was too, had to be the hottest day of the year so far. Sam went off for the afternoon with his friends so I sauntered around the beautiful Ripley Castle grounds. The lake looked stunning with the castle reflected in it. Although Ripley village was heaving with people (as it's bank holiday weekend) the castle itself wasn't too bad, and the other side of the lake was virtually empty. I sat and watched the fish jumping out of the water and if you look at the first shot below, you can just make out a fish just leaping out of the lake. I enhanced the colour of the photos with a filter as it was just a tad too sunny for a decent photo today. All in all I was pretty pleased with what I came home with for my first taster of wide angle!! Here are a few sample shots of the day. All pretty much on the widest end of the lens and aperture at around F18 to F22 to get as much of the view in focus as possible. ISO around the 200 mark.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

Had a flying visit to Edinburgh this week! Visited the Botanics but the weather was a bit showery unfortunately. Here are a couple of shots I managed to get!

Shutter Speed: 1/15 second, F Number: F/5.6, Focal Length: 34 mm, ISO Speed: 200

Shutter Speed: 1/20 second, F Number: F/5.6, Focal Length: 57 mm, ISO Speed: 200

Shutter Speed: 1/160 second, F Number: F/5.6, Focal Length: 17 mm, ISO Speed: 640

Friday, 15 May 2009

Newby Hall

Dull day yesterday but warm so took a visit to our local stately home, Newby Hall. The most beautiful gardens with exotic ponds, formal gardens and wooded walks. All the spring flowers are out and the beautiful hanging laburnum and wisteria are hanging in the archways. Here are a few sample shots of the day. I wanted to travel light so just took my manfrotto monopod (which extends automatically by just pressing the handle). It's so much lighter and smaller than the tripod but gives so much more stability than just 'hand-held'.

Shutter Speed: 1/640 second
F Number: F/4.8
Focal Length: 68 mm
ISO Speed: 640

Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second
F Number: F/4.8
Focal Length: 68 mm
ISO Speed: 640

Shutter Speed: 1/100 second
F Number: F/4.8
Focal Length: 68 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Shutter Speed: 1/800 second
F Number: F/4.8
Focal Length: 68 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Monday, 4 May 2009

Ripon Cathedral View

Ripon Cathedral View, originally uploaded by Bootcoot.

Testing! This is a test post to see if this goes to my blog automatically (emailed via flickr).
View of Ripon Cathedral from my bedroom window.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Return to Harlow Carr Gardens

Went back to Harlow Carr Gardens. Had a lovely spot of lunch in Betty's Tea Rooms which is rather expensive but rather nice! For those of you that don't know, Betty's is a quaint, old fashioned tea rooms where everything is served 'properly'. The waitresses wear black skirts and little white pinnys and caps. It doesn't matter which Betty's you go to or when you go, you always have to queue, it is that popular, especially with tourists. Anyway, down to business, after lunch Sam and I went into the gardens for a walk. Unfortunately, the minute we stepped into the garden, the sun went in and the rain came out. Here are my humble offerings of the day.

This is a view of the potting shed. Had to crank up the ISO to 1600 as it was so dark and also hand held. The noise isn't too bad at all, that is the joy of using the D300!

This is a view of one of the ponds, using a narrow depth of field, focusing on the tulips: Shutter Speed: 1/80 second

F Number: F/5.0
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 400