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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Cinnabar moth caterpillar

I’ve just bought a new Tamron 70 – 300 mm Macro Zoom from Camera World and I’ve been trying out the macro facility. Jan found these caterpillars in the Garden and they were an ideal subject to try the lens on. I’m pretty impressed with it – it’s not the best lens in the world, but at £80 from Camera World it’s a cheap entry into close up photography.

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St Nicholas Church

James and I took a trip to St Nicholas church in Stevenage to take some photographs earlier today. James took his Samsung point-n-shoot, took lots of photographs and tried to wander over the church grounds. I had to explain that we don’t walk over graves. I found it difficult to get a good viewpoint of the church and couldn’t capture the full church with the spire from the front, road-side view even at  the widest setting of 16mm. This is […]

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St Mary’s church Aston

I took a drive out to a village which is quite close to Stevenage a couple of days ago called Aston to take some pictures of the Church there, which is called St Mary’s Church. I took several pictures from a variety of different angles, but I think this is the best of the ones I took – although it would be improved with some post processing to remove the telephone line which cuts across the top of the picture.

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Howzat !!

I saw this character at Knebworth house, carved from a tree stump. As a cricket fan this looked exactly like an umpire responding to a cry of ‘Howzat !!’ His finger is raised and he’s wearing a reversed cap as if he’s been given it by the last bowler.

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