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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Bee on flower

Took a walk along the road from Stevenage to Knebworth and took some photos of the flowers and bees with my new Tamron 70 – 300mm macro tele zoom. Although this one is slightly out of focus, I still like it because the bee is so coloutful

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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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Mrs & Mr Bear

These ornaments have sat in our garden for many years being weathered and I wanted something to take a picture of. With a nice wide open lens (well F5.6 which is widest my 200mm zoom will go) I managed to blur the background quite well.

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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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Beach Huts at Wells next the sea

This is a picture of beach huts at the sea front in Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk taken in mid summer. Apparently my Dad told me he could have bought one of these for £200 about 50 years ago. I wonder what they would be worth now ?

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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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Beach View

The family took a trip to Wells-next-the-sea while we were staying with my sister in Fakenham. We went in the late afternoon to avoid the crowds so we arrived there at about 4:00pm when I took this picture which I’ve called ‘Beach View’. I was interested in taking a variety of picture – family shots, beach scenes nature shots etc. James had brought his cricket set and Emma had a bucket and spade so after a quick game of cricket […]

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A visit to Knebworth House

This post describes a visit to Knebworth house which we took as a family visit Sunday 27th June 2010. We choose that day because it was the day that England were playing Germany in the 2010 world cup so we knew that there was a chance that there would be less people about. I also took the opportunity to take some photographs. Sunday 27th was a very hot day and we set out at about 11:15. James and Emma were excited about […]

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