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These two images were again taken with one of my Nikons that I had in 2015. This time it was the superb D800 and the lens was the very good Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 zoom.

Both images were, as I normally do, shot in RAW, imported into Lightroom CC as DNGs and then processed mainly in Photoshop CC.

In the first image “Wings of Heaven”, I knew the kind of photograph I wanted to get of the church on the hill, so I crouched low, placed the church on the right-hand vertical third, made sure I had enough sky and then took the shot. In post processing, I removed a couple of stray walkers (I am not a big fan of unintentional people in my images), enhanced the sky and with selective sharpening to try and enhance the impression of distance.

The second image, “Knot Here”, was taken in flat light which can be really helpful for monochrome post-processing. I managed to get some contrast in the image and enhance the details and fibres in the rope, even though I took the image with just a zoom. The 36 megapixels of the D800 helped of course in that I was able to crop into the knot a little more to get closer.

 

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Wings of Heaven

 

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Knot here

I’ve only just managed to get back to my desk at home to start looking at some of the images that I have taken over the last ten days or so.

Firstly I went to Perth in Scotland for a Royal Photographic Society group meeting for four days and when I came back it was off to Yorkshire for a couple of days with Mrs M.

So the first quick upload is a picture that I took in Pitllochry on the River Tummel. it was a gorgeous day, very warm and clear. As you can see, the trees still have no leaves on them and the hills lack any vibrant colours. This is my second visit to Scotland in less than a year. the first time it was over on the west and Loch Lomond and this time the east and Perth. It really is a beautiful country and the people are great. I shall return, perhaps pushing further north.

I’ll be putting a couple of more pictures from Scotland up followed by a couple from Yorkshire over the next few days.

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Not having got the chance to go out for a walk yesterday, Mrs M and I decided to go out this Sunday morning. It was a crisp, sunny day with occasional blasts from a very cold wind. We decided to go to Stratford and walk from the free car park by the side of the river Avon just outside the town centre.

When we got there just after ten in the morning the car park was already almost full. There are no dedicated spaces so people tend to park around the outside and then fill in the gaps around the trees that are in the centre of the area.

We managed to find a place and got out to put on our walking boots to find that the whole car park was about an inch deep in clay-like slurry. So much for a clean car – the mess had already sprayed up both sides of my previously clean vehicle.

From the car park we walked along the river into the town. Then once in the town centre, we continued from the basin and walked down to Lucy’s Mill Bridge and over to the other side of the Avon. From there we walked passed Holy Trinity and along the river to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Once there it was into their café and a sandwich and coffee.

Whilst enjoying lunch I noticed on their advertising video screens that they were still showing information about the two plays, Love Labours Lost and Loves Labour Won which they are setting at Charlecote Park, in Warwickshire. Regular readers might remember I was lucky enough to have one of my photographs of Charlecote House used in the brochure for the plays. However whilst I was looking at the screen I noticed that the designer was Simon Higlett, someone who I knew at secondary school and who is one of the foremost theatre designers in the country. A nice coincidence.

Once out of the café we made the return journey to the car once again alongside the river. The car-park was even more busy and the slurry even deeper.

I took the D800 today with the Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 a lens I don’t use that much. I’m not sure why I don’t, it’s a great lens. Perhaps I should make the effort to take it out more often.  The shot below is taken from Bridge Foot towards the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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Stratford On Avon

Settings: 1/250 at f/10.  18mm. ISO 200

 

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Well I’ve gone and ordered a ‘nifty-fifty’ this evening from the good people at Wex, and if their delivery is true to form I should have it tomorrow.

I was out today with my D800 and the 18-35 Nikkor, trying to complete an assignment for the S13 group and whilst the 18-35 performed brilliantly as usual, there were a couple of shots where I wish I had the 50, so tonight I pushed the button on it.

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I have just ordered another lens for my Nikon kit. I have been thinking for some time that I need a standard lens. Something that has a 50mm focal length, fairly fast, light and small enough to take on holiday together with a small zoom.

Right from the start I wasn’t going to get a lens specifically for my D800. When I go abroad I will be taking the D7100 and the 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 FX lens. This lens then becomes a 36-127 zoom on the DX APSC sensor camera. So if I was to buy an FX lens that will be as a 50mm (or approximately so ) on a DX camera I would have to buy a 35mm prime lens in the FX format. This would then in effect become a 52mm lens on the D7100. I could of course get a 50mm FX lens but that would become a 75mm lens on the D7100. Great for portraits but not strictly a ‘standard’ lens. I also don’t mind admitting that part of the attraction of f/1.8 standard lenses are their attractive relatively low cost to performance ratio and so buying a more expensive wide-angle prime in FX such as the 35mm would defeat the object.

To that end I decided to buy a DX lens and the 35mm f/1.8 fits the bill nicely. At 35mm, it is the equivalent of a 50mm standard on a full-frame sensor camera. It has had excellent reviews and together with the 24-85 zoom, it will provide a small, light and adaptable travel kit for the D7100.

 

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