Llansteffan

We spent a few days in Wales in early September, which coincided with several days of fantastic weather. For a change, I deliberately left my digital SLR at home and shot a bit of film. I'll post those up when I get them back from processing and scan them - these shots are from my little digital compact. I'm so impressed by the macro facilities you get with them, making shots like this dead easy. Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/640 @ f5.6, ISO 100 Llansteffan was lovely - it was really quiet, and at times all you could hear was a bit of wind and some seagulls. The tide times were just right, which enabled us to walk out surprisingly far onto the sand banks. And yes, we did take care to make sure we weren't cut off. Panasonic FX-37, 26mm equivalent, 1/800 @ f5, ISO 100 And finally, I resurrected an old family habit of drawing "DON'T PANIC" in the sand (from Hitchhiker's Guide...
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Croome Park

This was taken the day after Dyrham Park, at Croome Park near Malvern. It's one of those big Capability Brown jobs, where the landowner quite happily moved a village out of the way so that he could improve the view. This is the sort of picture I keep on taking - loads of sky, starburst sun (who needs Cokin Starburst filters?) and some photogenic clouds. Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20 lens at 10mm, 1/500 @ f11, ISO 100 I did also shoot some infra-red film at Dyrham Park and Croombe Park, but that ended up fogged for some reason. Really infuriating.  ...
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First lot – Dyrham Park

So that I've got something to show, we'll start by going back a bit into the summer. These are from Dyrham Park near Bath, taken when I had a couple of days off in July. I'm a bit of a sucker for skies like this, especially when combined with a nice building like that. Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm, 1/125 @ f11, ISO 100 I thought I'd dig out my (not terribly good) macro lens and get in really close to a few flowers. I really need to buy a decent macro, but that will have to wait. Anyway, a really vivid yellow.   Nikon D200, Cosina 100mm macro lens, 1/25 @ f11, ISO 100         There were an amazing number of dragonflies buzzing about the gardens. Most of them were small neon blue things, and they seemed to be hanging around in groups, shagging. But, there were a couple of real whoppers as well - totally impossible to photograph in flight, but they did helpfully land...
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