Spring Sunset

Spring Sunset

Some photos I took from Broad Town (Wiltshire) as the sun begun setting over Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.

Shot with both a 55-250mm Canon lens and a Sigma  18-50, on a 550D

Photos of Bath, Somerset

Photos of Bath, Somerset

Here are a few pictures taken today in Bath, Somerset. Most of the original photos were of friends and not architectural or floral, hence only a tiny gallery today.

Bath is such a lovely place and contains some stunning buildings, I’ll definitely be returning to capture a bit of the history on film.

Spring time in Lydiard Park

Spring time in Lydiard Park

With the 6 month UK winter finally looking like its on its way out, I managed to spend a bit of this evening wondering around Lydiard park as the warm sun was setting.

Taking my new camera for a spin and seeing what I could snap, I did the same exercise a few months ago, same place, just a lot colder.

I was shooting on AV mostly, with a Canon 55-250mm IS lens on my Canon 550D.

Lots to learn regarding capturing the naturally light settings, but hopefully will continue to pick up some pointers.

Any advice, please drop me a comment below.

Hope you liked them

Photography of Chateaux and Vineyards in France

Photography of Chateaux and Vineyards in France

Today as I played with my new Canon 550D, I stumbled across some photos from a holiday in France back in 2011.

Mostly photos of architecture, all shot on my old Canon PowerShot A495.

Sadly I didn’t realise when I was taking them, that the datestamp was being added to every photo. What an annoying feature! So I had to go through all these photos and remove the dates in Photoshop… what a pain.

Here are some of the best I think.

I’ve just uploaded a little comparison to show some of these photos before and after post-processing.

As always, any feedback to help me take better photos would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks for reading… well, looking. Whatever, thanks!

Macro photography by Osokin

Macro photography by Osokin

Routing around on the internet is like looking through some sort of magical treasure chest.

Obviously there’s a lot of mediocre stuff out there, why wouldn’t there be when it’s free to show-and-tell to the world, but once in a while you stumble across something rather wonderful. Something that makes you want to improve at something. Something that sets goals or pushes you to strive for greater things.

Today was one of those times.

Rather more by chance than by purpose, I stumbled across the photographic works of Андрей Осокин, which translates (I think) to Andrew Osokin. Whether he’s a professional or purely hobbyist photographer, he seem’s to be rather passionate and talented for taking some beautiful macro photographs. Either way he’s captured some wonderful Winter shots that I’ve shared below.

A tiny tiny Christmas tree snow flake
A tiny tiny Christmas tree snow flake
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A tiny column of ice
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Several snow flakes, hanging in the balance
Up to the heavens
Up to the heavens
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A macro web of water
Delicate Spice macro photography
A nicely contrasting subject and background
A forest of water droplets
A forest of water droplets
Easy to miss
Easy to miss
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Tiny goblets of ice
Ice scorpion!
Ice scorpion!
Strange thing's going on inside those droplets
Strange thing’s going on inside those droplets
The delicate world of a single snow flake
The delicate world of a single snow flake

Pretty amazing aren’t they.

No idea what type of camera set up he’s using, but whatever it is I hope he continues to take shots like these. The patience that must go into taking some of them are incredible.

To be further inspired by more wonderful nature shots, head over to Mr Osokin’s macro photography gallery.

I think photo’s like these are important for other camera lovers to look at. Too often we focus on huge panoramic views of mountain ranges, or skyscrapers reaching the clouds. While these are beautiful, so too is the tiniest of things that we pass every day.

Even though I don’t currently have the skill or camera set up to come close to these photographs, I know I’ve gained something from browsing Osokin’s artwork.

Hope you have too.