The swans of Wells

When we were on holiday in Somerset this summer we visited the city of Wells a couple of times. On the second occasion we discovered that there has been a number of model Swans set up within the city and this post shows some of the Swans of Wells.   When we visited the Cathedral we found that it’s possible to get a list of all the swans and try to find them. This seemed just the thing to keep […]

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Visit to Wells Cathedral

On our holiday to Somerset in the summer we stayed  in Wookey Hole, which is only a couple of miles from the City of Wells. During one of the frequent wet days we paid a visit to Wells Cathedral. Although I’m not particularly interested in religious buildings, I am always interested in a photographic subject so I set out with my Pentax K-5, a tamron 10 – 24mm super wide angle and a Sigma 18-125 HSM ‘walk-about’ zoom. Entrance to […]

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Visit to Fairlands Valley Park Stevenage

This weekend Emma and Jan went to a Birthday party (well Emma was invited, Jan went to look after her) so James and I had an hour or so to find something to do while we waited for them. As is quite often the case on these sort of occasions we went to the Park in Fairlands Valley and I took my camera along. Since we only had an hour, James very fairly said that I could have 30 minutes […]

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River Wensum view at Gogg’s Mill

We recently went to Fakenham in Norfolk for a few days to visit my Sister and Mum & Dad. Whilst we were there I took the opportunity to walk down to the river Wensum at the site of Gogg’s Mill where I used to play as a child. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that it’s changed after 40 odd years, but it’s quite a change. Large trees which I remember are completely missing with no sign of a stump […]

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Beacon Hill in Leicestershire

We are away for a few days staying with Jan’s parents in Loughborough and have been on a trip to Beacon Hill in Leicestershire. As usual this has been an opportunity to take some photos!James presented his usual arguments that he didn’t want to go and he wouldn’t enjoy it but we packed Emma and him in the car anyway and we drove the very short drive from Loughborough to Beacon Hill lower car park. I remember that I’ve been […]

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User review of Tamron 70 – 300 mm macro zoom

I bought the Tamron 70 – 300 mm Macro tele zoom a couple of weeks ago for use with my Pentax K200D, shown above. I bought it because I wanted to try my hand at close up photography and I found this lens in pentax mount on-line for £80 at Camera World in London. I had been considering a Sigma 105mm ‘proper’ 1:1 macro but the Tamron at £80 seemed a good introduction to close-up photography and I can almost […]

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Common Blue butterfly

I had an afternoon taking butterfly pictures in Knebworth. We walked across to Knebworth from Stevenage and I left Jan and the children in a small playground whilst I walked back to the public footpath which leads across the fields to Stevenage. I had seen a couple of butterflies in the hedgerow  there a day or so previously so I guessed that there would be something to photograph. When I got there the hedgerow was swarming with bees and hover […]

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Why I bought a Pentax K200D

I bought my first DSLR about a year ago and my choice was a Pentax K200D. I’ve always been interested in photography, probably because my Dad was a keen photographer and also a keen antiques collector. Not expensive, valuable antiques, but lots of items bought from the local sales rooms including plenty of box cameras and bellows cameras. I quite often saved my pocket money to buy a roll of 120 film to put through whichever of these he would […]

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Small copper butterfly

Small copper bufferfly 2, originally uploaded by Simon Hawketts. We took a trip down to Ware this afternoon so that James and Emma could stay with Jan and have a play in the priory playground whilst I went down to the river to take some photos. I left Jan with James and Emma and took the short walk along the road past Glaxo until I came to the bridge which leads across the river. A short walk across another bridge […]

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Large Black and White hover fly

Large Black and White hover fly, originally uploaded by Simon Hawketts. When Jan and the children when to church this morning I took a trip over to Box Wood on the northern side of Stevenage. I’d seen lots of pictures of butterflies which had been taken there so I hoped to be able to get several different species and come back with quite a few decent pictures. When I found somewhere to park and got into the woods, I found […]

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Photographing a sunset.

Took a walk over the field after the children were in bed to get some shots of the sun setting. I’d never shot a sunset before and  wasn’t sure how much exposure compensation if any to apply. Basically I found a place along the path where I could get a shot of the sun settling over the horizon and set the camera up on a tripod. I set  +/- 2 EV bracketing on the camera and tried a few test […]

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Sun through the branches of a tree

When I woke this morning and had a look out of the window I saw that the sky was completely clear and I decided to try to get some landscape photographs from the field between Stevenage and Knebworth. So at about 6:00 am I pulled on some clothes and headed across the road to the track which goes under the railway line and leads to the path to Kenebworth. The good thing about taking pictures this early is that you […]

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The crooked tree

This tree is in a field between Stevenage and Knebworth in Hertfordshire. It looks as if it’s been struck by lightening at some point and it certainly looks pretty rotten on the right hand side. On the day I took this picture I went out early and the sun was quite low in the sky and to the right in this picture. I set an exposure of 1/640 at F9 and I’m quite pleased with the result – I think […]

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Three trees

Took a very early walk over the field between Stevenage and Knebworth. It’s a great time to take pictures before the sun is too harsh. This shot is a landscape composition of a tree which is about halfway along the path which goes round the field. It’s actually three trees in a short line, and the Path runs past it.

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Cromer mill

We took a trip to Cromer Windmill but found that it is in the middle of having the boarding replaced. The mill is a post mill, which means it is constructed with a vast timber post which runs to the second floor of the mill. The mill was initially turned to face the wind by hand but had a fantail fitted to automatically turn it. The thing which struck me as we were shown around by Simon the miller, was […]

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