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    Favourite Pictures – Emma in Knebworth park

    This is a picture which I took several years ago when my daughter Emma was only a small child and we took a family trip to the Park at Knebworth house. It was taken with a Pentax K200D DSLR, and a Pentax 55 to 200mm zoom lens. I particularly like the way the fence which she was holding on to leads the eye into the subject matter.
  • Post Processing

    Experiments in Photoshop 2 – Photo retouching

    I have used the spot removal tool in Lightroom to good effect in the past to remove or paint over small areas in a picture and found it to be pretty effective. However for large objects or areas of pictures it doesn’t seem so effective. I thought that now I have access to the full Photoshop CC product I’d try to edit a picture with problems and see how much better photoshop is. The picture above is one of St...
  • Landscape

    Weekly photo challenge: Horizon

    this week’s weekly challenge is Horizons. I always see that word in it’s literal sense and think of the line between the sea and the sky. I therefore submit this picture as my interpretation of Horizons. I took this picture a couple of years ago with a Pentax K200D and a pentax 18-55 Standard Kit lens. The location is Wells-next-the-sea in Norfolk. Related articles Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (dailypost.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (zainabjavid.wordpress.com) Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (scottseyephotos.wordpress.com) Weekly...
  • Nature

    Bullrush with Bokeh

    I found this bullrush growing in a little pond in the corner of a playground in Knebworth Hertfordshire in April 2011. I used my Tamron 70-300mm Macro zoom to set to f/5.6 and 300mm to throw the background out of focus. Pentax K200D Tamron 70-300mm Macro zoom f/5.6 1/320 iso400 300mm Related articles Macro Photography – Bluebottle Fly (simonhawketts.wordpress.com) The Cow with a tag (simonhawketts.wordpress.com) A Bite to Eat (simonhawketts.wordpress.com)
  • Family

    Portrait – Emma examines a gate

    This picture was taken several years ago when my Daughter was about 4 years old. She was examining the rusty gate in nannies garden, working out how the latch worked when I snapped her with my Pentax K200D. She was completely oblivious to me so I got a picture of her looking natural. Pentax K200D Tamron 70-300mm zoom 1/400sec f/5.6 iso200   Related articles My Daughter in the Park (simonhawketts.wordpress.com)
  • Landscape

    St Nicholas Church – Stevenage

    This is St Nicholas church, one of the Parish Churches in Stevenage, taken on a sunny day in July 2010. This was taken with a Pentax K200D fitted with the standard 18-55 kit lens. Pentax K200D 1/250 sec f/11 iso200
  • Family

    The Cow with a tag

    We went to Holkham Beach in north Norfolk during the summer of 2010 when James was about 7 years old. I was taking some pictures and this Cow turned to look at me. As I framed up and took this picture James was tugging at my shirt so I said to him, “What is it James”? “Daddy”, he replied. “Why has that cow got a price tag in it’s ear “? Pentax K200D Tamron 70-300mm 1/160sec f/8.0 iso250
  • Photography

    Cars in Knebworth House car park

    We paid a visit to Knebworth house in Hertfordshire in April 2011 and sat under some trees for a picnic lunch. As we sat looking about I noticed the cars parked under the trees next to us and thought they made a nice image. At the time I had a Pentax K200D, so I fitted my Tamron 70-300 mm zoom and set it to the lowest focal length to frame the first car. I used an aperture of f/4.0, which...
  • Landscape

    Photographing a sunset.

    I 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...

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