7 day ‘Nature’ photography challenge

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I am not big on Facebook viral challenges… the ones where you have to do something then nominate one or more of your friends to do the same… however… I got nominated to post a picture a day for 7 days on the theme of ‘nature’… seeing as I have a vague interest in photography and at least seven friends (or people unfortunate enough to have accepted my friend request) I gave it a go…

Please note that I used the definition of ‘nature’ fairly loosely πŸ™‚

Day 1 – Rodborough Common
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 1

Day 2 – Some houses cleverly disguised as trees…
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 2

Day 3 – Last minute image containing green things and a waxing crescent moon (as I was more interested in capturing the sunset)
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 3

Day 4 – Sunrise on Minchinhampton Common
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 4

Day 5 – The Moon (was inevitable really)
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 5

Day 6 – Lovely country lane… with a slight twist..
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 6

Day 7 – Fields of gold (two images to finish with a flourish)
7 day Nature photography challenge Day 7

7 day Nature photography challenge Day 7

Was actually a lot of fun to do to be fair and actually had to put some thought and effort into a couple of the shots which added to the challenge.

Hope you like them πŸ™‚

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VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

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Badger 5 outing to Castle Combe on Saturday for a VW/Audi trackday… was a little quiet to be honest which I suspect was partly due to it conflicting with one of the biggest shows of the year AITP (Audi’s in the Park)… never mind, meant the track would be relatively clear πŸ™‚

Bill brought the Badgerwagon, the 402hp Lupo and his Mk2 Leon Cupra to use on track and y00f (one of Bill’s mechanics) brought his rather battle weary looking MX 5.

Was a good day though and despite a few little issues with the Badgerwagon losing a little oil pressure and the Lupo blowing (yet another) inner CV fun was had by all especially y00f who was like a pig in poop!… he run out of fuel and wore out a set of brake pads throughout the day and would have gone back out but couldn’t get another set of pads in time…

Here are a few images from the day πŸ™‚

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

And finally a little shot of whats actually powering the ‘R8’… a turbocharged 2ltr valver engine (Mk3 Golf for those that weren’t aware! πŸ˜€ )
Dialynx R8

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Golden Hour fun and games….

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Been a little while since I have had a chance to grab a golden hour image but after my recent success with the Milkyway (blog post here…) I was up for some sunset/rise action..

The weather report suggested that the night would be clear after nightfall so thought I would try and get the double (sunset and MW shot) at South Cerney lakes so fired up PlanIt! and checked it out…

Golden Hour fun and games....

Unfortunately when I got there I found that particular lake was surrounded by a 6 foot hedge and locked up for the night making access a little interesting to say the least… I clearly wasn’t going to get much choice composure wise so made the best of it by poking the camera through the gate…
Golden Hour fun and games....

The MW shot wasn’t going to happen due to the only angle I could get a clear shot with… the left of my shot was obscured by a building and to the right was a wheelie bin… so took these instead…
Golden Hour fun and games....

Golden Hour fun and games....

Worked out better than I thought πŸ™‚

Feeling motivated from those results I was up a little earlier than usual the following day and took a slightly different route to work across Minchinhampton and Rodborough common and captured these…
Golden Hour fun and games....

Golden Hour fun and games....

All in all a good few days photoging

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Finally a Milkyway shot!!!

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Been a while since I have had looked at doing nightscapes as we were in the middle of ‘summer’ here in the UK… its only just started being astronomically dark again (albeit at around midnight for about an hour) and the weather has been pretty cloudy despite being warm…

Last night presented an opportunity for a night shot as the weather suggested a clear night from 11.30pm and astro dark at midnight… this was good as it coincided with the milky way centre being in a fairly decent position…

As I had yet to bag a shot containing anything that looked remotely like the milkyway so far I was not full of confidence but I had done my homework and read loads of stuff to help me understand what settings I need, what position the MW will be in the sky etc and used my favourite planning app to get an idea of where to be and when…

Finally a Milkyway shot!!!

Biggest issue I have is I live in a class 5 (bortle scale) area for light pollution and I didn’t have the time or inclination to venture too far from home… checking the weather for the immediate area suggested that it may not be as clear in potentially darker areas with a bit of travel so really didn’t fancy going all that way for nothing so I stayed local and was pleasantly surprised at the results…

Finally a Milkyway shot!!!

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with the result… granted its not the best example of a MW shot ever but its a milestone for me and has boosted my enthusiasm to improve…

I can’t wait for the autumn/winter πŸ˜€

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Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

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Been a little while since I have posted so here we go πŸ™‚

Been playing with macro and the drip kit for most of the month, I also went to another race meet… so in no particular order here are a few select images from the month..

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

This image has been shortlisted to be in a photography magazine… not heard if it will be included but the recognition is welcome even if it doesn’t
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

A few macro shots….
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

A few of the racing…
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Finally the kittens first day in the garden…
Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

Random post out the nowhere! (the sequel)

I have been praying for a clear night seeing as the sun is getting lower and the nights are drawing in… looking forward to getting back into nightscapes…

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