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  • National Trust

    Chatsworth house interior

    Yesterday I posted an image of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire taken from the gardens. Today I’m posting a wide angel view of the interior of the house taken at high ISO with my Pentax K5. One of the biggest problems taking photos in the interior of stately homes is that they are generally very dark and don’t normally allow the use of flash to take pictures. Because of this you basically have to turn the ISO on the camera very...
  • National Trust

    Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

    Today we paid a visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and I took this picture of the house using my Pentax K5 and Tamron 10-24mm Super Wide Angle lens. We were lucky because it was a beautiful spring day with hardly a cloud in the sky and the spring daffodils were still in bloom. Unfortunately, there are some improvement works taking place at Chatsworth at the moment, so the back part of the house is covered in scaffolding and plastic...
  • Stevenage

    Spring in super wide angle

    I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to get back to posting some more pictures on my photoblog, and not just concentrate on vintage cameras. Although I am interested in film and vintage photography, I still enjoy using my digital kit as well, so this morning, being a brilliantly clear day with hardly a cloud in the sky, I decided to go for a walk with my Pentax K5 and Tamron 10 – 24mm super wide angle lens...
  • Family

    Experiments in early morning photography

    There is something magical about photographs taken in low light which makes even mundane and boring scenes look interesting. Well, living as I do in a fairly mundane and boring part of Hertfordshire I decided I’d try and liven up some pictures by taking them in the very early morning dawn light. Taking Pictures at Dawn I set out at about 7:15 am when it was still quite dark, and took my Pentax K5 fitted with my Tamron 10-24mm wide...
  • Family

    Bourton-on-the-water snapshots

    This is a family post with pictures I took on a recent day spent in Bourton-on-the-water in Gloucestershire. View them using the gallery below. Bourton-on-the-water pictures Although there was a forecast for some rain about it turned out to be a beautiful summers day with uninterrupted  sunshine from the moment we arrived. Too much sunshine actually – I don’t like the heat much. I’d taken my DSLR kit with me which consists of a Pentax K5, Sigma 18-125mm HSM zoom,...
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – York Minster gate

    This is a picture taken outside York Minster of the gates leading into the gardens/grassed area which surround it. This is another picture which I took using my Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5 super wide angle lens. On our trip to York it turned into a bit of a work horse, being fitted to my camera more often than any other lens I took with me and one of the reasons was because of the great definition, colour and contrast it offers....
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – The hyacinth

    This hyacinth plant was growing in the Museum Gardens in York and I found it as I was walking along the river bank when we were visiting recently. Since I had my wide angle Tamron lens fitted to my camera I tried taking a flower shot using the widest setting of 10mm with the aperture open as wide as it would go which is f/3.5. Obviously at that setting the background defocus will not be very great, but I think...
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – The Sun in York

    As we were walking along the river bank in the City of York recently, I took this picture of the road and people. It was a nice sunny day and I had my Tamron super wide angle lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6 and took this shot low down to emphasise the cobble stones. The aperture was set to f/22 to maximize the depth of field which resulted in a shutter speed of 1/320 sec at ISO 100, whilst...
  • Favourite Pictures

    Favourite pictures – York museum gardens

    This was one of those shots where I couldn’t actually see the composition when I took the picture, but it turned out ok anyway. We were walking through the Museum Gardens in the City of York and I saw this tree and the rock placed at the foot of it. I thought it might make a nice picture to include the rock in the foreground, so I bent down to take it but couldn’t see through the viewfinder or see...
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