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A visit to Stowe gardens on Monday proved to be on one of the few decent days of weather in between all of the terrible rain storms we have been having in the UK and which have caused so many terrible problems in the north of England. In Buckinghamshire the sun was shining and for the time of year it was unseasonably warm. There were not a lot of people walking around the gardens and it was a very pleasant couple of hours of walking followed by a lunch.

I was out with the Fuji X-E2 and 18-55 zoom lens and the picture below is a view of Lord Cobham’s Pillar in the gardens.

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Today was a visit to the Black Country Living Museum.  The last time I was there nearly a year ago, it had snowed and I got some very nice images. Today however there wasn’t any of the white stuff  although it was very cold and as the day went on it got even colder.

The BCLM do a great deal whereby after the first visit in a year you can go as many times as you want after that free of charge.  So today was my last chance to

  1. use the ticket before it expired and
  2. once more partake of their delicious faggots and mushy peas for lunch.

I find the museum a very evocative place and there are always plenty of photographic opportunities, despite the hordes of children on school outings. The site is nearly thirty acres, so in reality it has never really seemed too busy when I’ve been there.

I took the Nikon D800 and the 50mm f/1.8 lens ready for the low light that a British December day can bring.  Even with this fast lens, at times I was shooting at 1600 ISO – it’s great that the Nikon can give superb results at this ISO.

There is a turn of the 20th century fun-fair on site and in the fading afternoon light I used the illuminations and colours that appear on the stalls and rides to have another bash at some multiple exposures. once again I used 3 frames and no auto-gain.

This one I think gives an impression of the movement and activity of a merry-go-round, even though at the time of the photograph, it wasn’t actually moving.

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After attending the talk by Nicki Gwynn-Jones I decided to have a bash myself at multiple images at Baddesley Clinton.  The last time I did multiple exposures in-camera was when I was using film with Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 cameras many years ago.

I wasn’t expecting any great shakes at the first attempt of multiple exposures, and I was right not to, but I did enjoy doing them.

I used my Nikon D800 and a 50mm f/1.8 lens.  I was in manual exposure mode, the multiple exposure was set to 3 frames and I experimented with average gain set and none.  It’s obvious that this type of photography requires the right scene to work properly, but half the fun is experimenting so why not give it a go.

The image below was taken using two frames for the house and bridge on the left of the frame and then I turned and took one image of the countryside.  No average gain per frame was used and I like the quality that the over-exposure does.  In terms of processing, it was all done in Lightroom CC.  I cropped to a square and left the highlights blown but pulled back the shadows and blacks.  I used a D800 Lightroom profile for the colour, enhancing it slightly with Vibrance.  I then sharpened and applied a little Luminance Smoothing before adding a slight vignette.

I like the ethereal quality of this image and the implied rather than fully stated shape of the house.  There is a feeling of impermanence and intransience about the picture.

 

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