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    Beningbrough Hall near York

    This post is simply to archive some family pictures I took at Beningbrough Hall on our recent holiday in York. They were all taken with a Sony Nex 6 camera and the following manual focus lenses: Soligor C/D 28mm f/2.8 Takumar 28mm f/3.5 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Tamron 10 – 24mm f/3.5 To view the pictures in full size use this link and navigate with the keyboard arrow keys or click...
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    York Minster pictures

    Whilst we were on holiday in York we paid a visit to York Minster where I took a large number of pictures. Although I’ve published some of the pictures of my daughter and some other pictures in and around the Minster,  I haven’t published all my favourite interior shots so I’ve gathered them all here in a single post. Obviously, there are several parts of a church interior which are dark places, so a lot of these pictures were taken...
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    Pictures from the City of York

    We recently went for a family holiday to the City of York in the north of England and enjoyed a brilliant week of fine weather and great picture taking opportunities. I’ve already recently published a series of pictures which I took during this week away, and I have some specific posts about individual topics and places which I’ll publish over the course of the next few weeks, but below are some of the pictures I took around the City of...
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    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....
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    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...
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    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...
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    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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    National railway museum York

    During a recent trip to York we visited the National Railway Museum which is conveniently situated next to a Park and Ride bus stop in the city. I assumed that I would need to use a fairly wide angle lens to take pictures of the engines, so I packed my Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle along with a Takumar 28mm f/3.5 and Takumar 55mm f/1.8 to use on my Camdiox focal reducer. As it happens I mostly used the longest...

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