Sunday, 15 January 2012

Next Stop Worcester

More catching up from last year.  Almost immediately after our photographic week in the Lake District we travelled to Worcester for a short lecture tour.  Because we had two talks and all our Permajet items in the boot there wasn't room for our full photographic kit.  I just took my Panasonic Lumix GF1 and two lenses in case there was time for some photography.  Manage a few snaps along the canal in Worcester.  As usual I was attracted to the graffiti, reflections, rust and peeling paint.  Thank you Tessa and Jim for your wonderful hospitality.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Friday - The Last Day of our Short Break in the Lake District

Friday was an extremely dull day and probably not the best day to choose to try our the Nikon D70 which has been converted for Infra-Red.  I wanted to get the colours which can be achieved by Channel Swapping in Photoshop.  My attempts were not really successful probably because it was such a dull day.

We started the day at Blea Tarn.  Not the best weather for open landscape but good for recording the colour in the trees.  I did take one shot of the tarn as a 10 shot multiple exposure to smooth out the water in the absence of a big stopper filter.

Later we walked to Slaters Bridge and on the way found the wonderful pollarded tree.  Was it snowing?  You can decide.

The three versions of Slaters Bridge show the Channel Swapped effect with the converted camera, then the same file with Topaz BW Effects and also a picture taken as seen with the Nikon D300.  I prefer the Mono but it's good to experiment and I will have to remember to get out with the converted camera on a bright sunny day. It was almost dark when these pictures of Slaters Bridge were taken - it always amazes me how much light digital sensors can pick up.  Had we been using film we would have given up at least an hour earlier.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Thursday in the Lake District

Thursday was a brighter day and we spent most of the daylight hours around Crummock Water.  As usual the sunlight brought out the autumn colours.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Lakes Day 3

Back to catching up today.

By Wednesday the weather was more overcast and we spent the day walking to and through Manesty Woods.  The picture of Derwentwater was taken with a borrowed 'Big Stopper' Lee Filter.  I had been planning to buy one but when I tried to place an order last month discovered they were not being made at present because of production problems.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Instead of spending time catching up on recent photographs I spent yesterday morning photographing part of a friend's polished agate collection.  Thank you Paul for allowing me to take the photographs and David for the use of your copy stand and light and for everything else you did to help.

I have quickly processed two of the many shots which I took so that I could post them today.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Loweswater and Home Wood

The weather wasn't so bright and sunny on our second day in the Lake District so we spent most of the time in Home Wood around Loweswater.  The autumn colours were just right.  I also spent some time on intentional camera movement while photographing the trees.  One of which, when turned into a landscape format, makes an abstract sea and skyscape.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Next stop the Lake District

We spent a week in the Lake District at the beginning of November 2011.  The first day was cold and crisp with some wonderful light.  I couldn't resist trying Pixelbender on the frosty leaves.