Short break in the Isle of Wight

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Spent the last week on a short break to the Isle of Wight… went there a fair few years back when the kids were much younger but this time only my youngest came with us…

We stayed in a ‘comfort’ chalet at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park… was ok to be honest but then you only tend to sleep in places like that if you are doing your holiday right πŸ™‚

Short break in the Isle of Wight

The roads took a little getting used to and the sat nav would take use all over the place for the ‘quickest’ route which included some iffy single track lanes etc… the high hedgerows made reading the undulating/twisting roads quite tricky and so spent most of my time at 30/40mph even when there was a national speed limit as you would be constantly breaking for blind corners!.. doesn’t help that I have no sense of direction and seem to lose the ability to recall left from right when under pressure to make a spontaneous turn!! πŸ™‚

Ah well… a good time was had by all at the end of the day so here are a few select pics from the week… I tried not to spend too much time hunting for photo opps as the ladies would get bored waiting so took mostly ‘holiday’ pics but did try to get at least one slightly ‘creative’ shot a day…

Day 1… Sandown..
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

The beach presented an opportunity for a long exposure shot…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…tweaked the shot for a B&W…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…not sure which I like best but happy with the results… (B&W one obvs lol)

Day 2… Went to Ryde… weather was a bit dull and kinda made the place seem a little dreary tbh but grabs some shots anyway…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

The hovercraft were cool but sadly far too many people were in the way to get a decent shot as I really wanted one of it leaving or arriving for the drama of the spray etc…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

The girls went off to find the beach…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…and then had a sit down waiting for some pillock with a camera…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

A little disappointed with Ryde we headed back to Whitecliff Bay and stopped off at the Bembridge Windmill on the way…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

I wanted to try for a sunset (as I do) and left the girls at the pub πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…took a walk down the coastal path to try to capture the beach… the sun wouldn’t be in frame unfortunately but was hoping it would colour the skies enough… didn’t work out as I had planned but got some shots anyway…

Pre sunset…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…sunset long exposure…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…managed to grab some proper colour though once I had walked back to the holiday sites pub…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…and then sat down with the girls to finish the evening off with a drink πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Day 3… Blackgang Chine, Freshwater Beach and a quick trip to the Needles…

Word of warning… Blackgang Chine is primarily for families with young children and its not cheap… Β£20 a head!… bit more than I recall tbh but ponied up anyway… did I mention its suited for families with young children?

Anyhoo… grabbed a few snaps…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Made a new friend though… thought I might get him a job as my personal assistant so he can discuss ‘requirements’ with the business πŸ˜‰
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…so… you want to change the requirements on the report again? lets sit down and talk about that shall we?
Short break in the Isle of Wight

This little dude was catching some rays…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…seemed like a good idea…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Views were nice…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Next we moved onto Freshwater Bay… the drive was epic!… the coast road was a revelation compared the inland roads…

While the girls chilled on the beach…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…I went off togging πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

…my little beach babe πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Wrapped up the day chasing a sunset at The Needles… sadly it looked like more of a trek than I anticipated to get the shot I had planned… ended up with some a little more average than I wanted :/
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Day 4… Trip to Ventnor then on to Shanklin Beach…

Had a quick walk around Ventnor to find a beach…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Found it…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

..little un wanted sand… so we made our excuses and left and went on to Shanklin… she was happy… the wife not so much as she hates sand lol…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

When we got back to the holiday park I nipped down to the beach to see if I could catch a moonrise…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

…however the sea had a low level mist so all I got was a few ships…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Shame as it was our last night in the chalet… so grabbed a parting shot from the chalets decking..
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Day 5… Last day on the island… trip to Cowes and The Needles before catching the ferry back to the mainland..

Cowes was nice but unless you are a yachtist not much happening…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

We then went back to the Needles to check out the glass blowing and sweet shop πŸ™‚
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

Short break in the Isle of Wight

We managed to catch an earlier ferry, I managed to take us round the houses a little with my ‘excellent’ navigation skills but we got home in one piece…
Short break in the Isle of Wight

Feeling rather tired, not walked so much in one week lol…

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Afternoon walk on Rodborough Common

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Had a bit of a lazy morning (I am on leave after all πŸ™‚ ) but did get around to cleaning my camera kit so not all wasted..

The weather was not fantastic but not raining so decided to nip out and have a drive about to see if there was anything to take a picture of… ended up on Rodborough Common so got out and had a walk about…

Was nice to have a walk (something I don’t really do often enough) and took a few photos while I was there…
Afternoon walk on Rodborough Common

Afternoon walk on Rodborough Common

Afternoon walk on Rodborough Common

Afternoon walk on Rodborough Common

I did take a couple of panorama’s too but they were a little unexciting tbh so I didn’t export those.

Hoping for a clear night over the weekend, its looking promising but will see what happens and how long I can stay awake πŸ™‚

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Time off from work photos

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Have taken a couple of weeks off work as I had some days I need to use up before the end of June…

I have a few shots planned… milkyway of some description, possibly some sun rise/sets, long exposures using the ‘big stopper’ ND filter and I want to have a go at getting a shot of the Andromeda galaxy using the tracker..

Was a little tired after the bank holiday racing so spent the day finishing off my assignments and exams for the online courses in Photoshop and Lightroom I have been taking… wasn’t too sure on the Photoshop one as its quite technical and I don’t use it enough to really get to grips with it but thankfully I still managed to pass the final exam so happy with that..

Today I took the S3 on a jolly to Broadway Tower…

Time off from work photo time

First time in ages I have stretched the old girls legs a bit and first time I had used the retro-fitted RNS-E’s sat nav to direct me to Broadway… can say that both car and sat nav performed faultlessly…

Broadway tower was quite busy which was a bit of a pain to be fair as it made it a little tricky to do the shots I had planned… but I did take a couple…
Time off from work photo time

Time off from work photo time

Tried a long exposure shot with the ND1000 filter… f16, 20secs, ISO100
Time off from work photo time

Had to edit out a couple of ‘ghost’ artefacts where people were moving in and out of the shot… next time if its quite bright I may add my ND 8 filter on top to try and get a longer exposure to see if that helps…

Another shot I had planned to take was a milkyway panoramic… using PlanIt on my Android tablet I got an idea of when and how the shot could be taken…
Time off from work photo time

This is set to be a pano and composure was to try and place Broadway tower some where underneath it…
Time off from work photo time

Setup the tripod with the pano head and used the Samyang 24mm as this is the lens I will use on the night… the result is a 16 shot (2 x 8) panoramic image… while I know its not exactly the most stunning image in the world as it stands it was more a technical exercise to see if the shot was plausible..
Time off from work photo time

The only thing I need to check is if the gate to the tower is locked at all at night but there is a national trust walk as part of it so should be ok but I don’t want to turn up a 2am only to find I can’t get to the tower for the shot..

Overall a good day… got to see my mates, drive the S3 on some decent roads, take some pictures and have some fairly decent results… need to spend the evening blasting the dust out of the camera and lenses as there were a few dust spots on the images but all be ready for tomorrow and will try and get out again πŸ™‚

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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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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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Broadway Tower

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Been wanting to take a trip to Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds for a little while and Friday night presented an opportunity so off I went…

The structure is buried well and truly in the countryside but the scenery is stunning… so much so I found myself stopping a couple of times to take a quick ‘snap’

When I got to the location I didn’t realise there was a public walk that could have got me closer to the tower so found myself on the side of the road with the 100-400…

Annoyingly there were people around the tower which made composing a shot a little tricky but I took a series of shots at different positions along the fenceline… biggest problem however was the clouds… the sky was clouding over as I was driving so by the time I got there the sun was starting to disappear behind cloud πŸ™

So here are the shots from the trip

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Its a shame I didn’t realise I could have gotten closer to the tower and that the weather turned but the pictures worked out well and I plan to revisit at a later date.

Lastly a couple of random pics I took on the way to the tower… there was a few other shots I would have liked but will have a go at them the next time…
Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

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Local sunsets

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Such a lovely evening last night but the 6D is out of commission until I can give it a thorough clean of all the dust πŸ™

Chomping at the bit to take a couple of pics I grabbed my trusty old 50D with its 18-135 EF-S lens and just set off up the road as it was too late to travel further and took a few pics…

Always a tricky one when faced with fairly non descript subject matter and the shoot wasn’t really planned, just a spur of the moment thing but I think my favourite shot of the evening has to be this one…

The old 50D done good… pretty sure the 6D would have produced sharper cleaner images (and so it should tbh) but the 50D still seems to be able to capture some impressive images.

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