Jun 18: photo of the month

2018-06-09 09.55.02 cropIf I’m anything I’m a creature of habit and that takes me into Cambridge every Saturday morning when I’m at home. We have breakfast with friends and there are often others on the way.

This is me with Mark Donachy who’s the guy who made the Red Lion in Histon what it is today. He’s now away from the tensions of the pub trade and sometimes he helps out at St John’s.

The photo was taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1 1/400th at f2 and a fairly severe crop.

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May 18: photo of the month

DSC00349I should have lots to choose from with the final days of a hard fought election and then an excellent week’s holiday in Sardinia. I haven’t agonised too much but this is one from my Sardinia album on Flickr (click here). Chris Sidell likes it so that’s good praise to start with!

The man on the plinth is Carlo Felice, Duke of Savoy. He seems to be in a good place to be directing the traffic. The photo was taken in Cagliari.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 120mm, f6.3 at 1/250th. I gave it an extra 2 steps of exposure compensation. I confess to then allowing Literoom to ‘improve’ it a little more.

Apr 18: photo of the month

DSC00238This is a nice photo of how people should work together voluntarily to improve our communities. This is just a few of those who turned up to do a big litter pick in Orchard Park mid month. The event was organised by Andrew Chan (4th right; now chair of the community council) and Amanda Haywood (extreme right aka Mandy Moo community environment activist).  Also present were district council election candidates Steve Hunt (third right; now a district councillor) and Darren Cotterell (second right).

This photo was taken with my Sony Alpha 77 II f9 at 1/200th and a focal length of 20mm (why didn’t I stand further away?). I confess to post-processing to remove a shadow in the foreground.

Mar 18: photo of the month

DSC00173I think this is the first time that my photo of the month isn’t one from my daily photo blog (jdjhiston.tumblr.com) Not sure why this one of number 1 grand daughter Amelia didn’t make that cut but for me it’s just about perfect. I like the back lighting and succeeded in exposing properly for the face.

It was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f5.6 and 1/125th with a 70mm setting on the telephoto.

Feb 18: photo of the month

2018-02-14 13.48.01DSC_0233-EFFECTSFebruary can be a bit of a challenge for photography unless you’re in a place which is blessed with halfway decent weather and the photo on the left is a point and shoot with my phone at the church in Keyston.

The photo in the right is the result of accepting my phone’s offer of post processing without my involvement. I just gave it a light crop.

Not a bad result.

Taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1, f2 at 1/160th. I guess it’s always f2 but why is there such a generous depth of field?

Oct 17: photo of the month

DSC08701Lots of candidates for this month  with some epic (by my standards) pictures from my stay in Australia and some good ones too following my return. But this one gets the nod because I reckon it’s technically good (would benefit a little from cropping in) and I guess I got it by doing what the professionals would do: taking lots of shots and trusting to serendipity that some will come out pretty good.

It was taken at Surfers’ Beach at Kalbarri, Western Australia with my Sony A56 DSLR. My telephoto was at 280mm with a 1/640th exposure time at f8 and ISO100.

Sep 17: photo of the month

DSC06918This may not be the best photo of the month, there’s a bunch of good candidates from my visit to Hong Kong and the start of my vacation in Australia of course, but it’s of a type and it’s a memory of a great event.

The type is my liking for handheld available light photographs. And the event was my 70th birthday party. It was a dinner so it was nighttime and the subject is a pavlova.

The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 58 DSLR, 1/40th and f6.3 with an ISO setting of 1600. There’s been no post processing beyond a light crop to get rid of some of the clutter in the foreground.