Colourful!

I have been tardy lately and not been near a camera. I suppose the weather here in Britain isn’t particularly conducive for outdoor activity! Going through my collection of pictures I found this one which to me provided the much needed warmth in these cold, dark and grey days.

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Originally shot at the Eden Project and more recently processed in Adobe Lightroom.

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Audley End House, Saffron Walden

Audley End house is a magnificent example of a 17th century stately home near Saffron Walden in Essex. The property was also once a royal palace in the time of Charles II (1668) who purchased the property for £5 in order to be able to attend races at Newmarket. Audley End is now managed by English Heritage but all paintings and period decorations are from the original time and form part of a private collection. 

Audley End House. Essex
Audley End House. Essex

HDR composed of three bracketed shots at -2, 0 and +2 exposures and processed in Photomatix Pro. Please click on the photo for a larger version.

Still life – HDR

With the weather going from bad to worse here in the UK, the scope for outdoor photography has been limited. I therefore, took to an indoor experiment using a bunch of flowers under natural lighting. Both pictures are from 3-shot bracketed exposures at -2, 0 and +2 at f/3.2 1/40, 1/1o and 0.4 second exposures. Merged in Photomatix Pro. I would love to hear from you!!

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Begonia (at length)

Lacking any suitable objects to photograph today, I turned to the Begonia plant on the kitchen sill. These photographs all use long exposures (up to 50 seconds) and no flash, using nothing but ambient kitchen light.

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f/11 19 seconds. Click on the photograph to see a larger version on Flickr.
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f/16 22 seconds. Click on photograph for a larger version in Flickr
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f/16 40 seconds. Click on photograph for a larger version.
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f/16 50 seconds. 32mm extension tube used. Click on photograph for a larger version on Flickr.

 

The idea behind these photographs were ostensibly to test out the new shutter release cable I purchased a few days ago. I was also experimenting with the use of cool white LED lights and their effect on the overall white balance of the photographs.

Technical Details:
Nikon D7000 with Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
ISO 100
Processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.3
Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod with Giotto MH5011 head

 

At the seaside in Rhossili beach, Wales

Rhossili beach is possibly one of the best beaches in Britain. Rhossili lies in the Gower peninsula in Wales in an area designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The beach itself is about 3 miles long and is accessed by a steep descent from the Rhossili village at the top of the hill. As with most of Gower, this property is owned and operated by the National Trust.

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A panoramic view of Rhossili beach from the path leading down
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Rhossili beach at low tide.
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Remains of an old wreck
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View of Rhossili beach from one of the many coves on the cliff face.

All pictures from an iPhone 4S. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.