Mar 19: photo of the month

Hermitage Lock

It’s too photo of the month posts in a row and that’s not good. Photos are fine but there should be more writing.

Anyway this was taken at Hermitage Lock (on the road between Willingham and Earith) with my Sony Xperia XZ1, 1/1000th sec at f2.0.

I confess to a little more post processing than usual. Firstly there’s a crop (not much), there’s a graduated filter to reduce the highlights in the sky and so bring out the clouds a little better,  and there’s a spot filter to reduce the intensity of the green of the grass in the bottom right hand corner.

Here’s a copy of the unedited original:

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Feb 19: photo of the month

2019-02-10 16.49.14Another good photo month but I like this one because it was formed out of necessity. We were off to the cinema and with no photos taken so far in the day I needed one. We were walking across Parker’s Piece and I just snapped this. It’s clearly been cropped but that’s why I think it works.

The photo was taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1 1/50th at f2.

Parker's PieceI’ve also posted another version of this shot with an even more aggressive crop and a little post processing in Lightroom to highlight the people in the foreground. It gives it a sort of Lowry look which I rather like.

Jan 19: photo of the month

no puntingIt wasn’t a bad month for photos but this one came in on the last day and I really like it. I was heading into Cambridge for an 0800 breakfast before an early meeting at the County Council and this shot was just there. It is of course a Cambridge cliche but I reckon it’s pretty OK for all that.

The photo was taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1 1/50th at f2 and a modest foreground crop. There’s been no other post processing.

If you want to check out the other photos I took in my ‘take a photo every day’ blog go to http://jdjhiston.tumblr.com/archive.

Dec 18: photo of the month

DSC03147Plenty of choice again this month with a week in Oman at the beginning and Xmas at the end. This photo is from our trip to Oman and it’s our tour group (more of a mini-group) at  Mughsail east of Salalah in the south west of the country.

It’s a special photo because I ‘took’ it with my camera resting on a hat on the railings of the jetty and set to a 10 second delayed release and me hoping hope that it didn’t fall off and into the sea. Of course this fear is unnecessary because my Sony alpha 77 II is a mirrorless DSLR so no moving parts!

As I said the photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 20mm, f8 and ISO 100 at 1/320th. Post processing-wise it’s been straightened and cropped and then the auto setting in Lightroom lightened it up a bit.

Nov 18: photo of the month

DSC02277Lots of choice during the month but this is both evocative and emotional. Previous night I attended an old school reunion and on Saturday morning Juni and I headed off into Mid Wales specifically Dyffryn Ceiriog. Our first contact with typical scenery (green fields, sheep, hills) was when we entered Llandegla en route for Bala. I couldn’t resist a quick photo.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 35mm, f8 at 1/125th. There’s been no post processing.

 

 

Oct 18: photo of the month

DSC02225October is nothing if you don’t get a few rainy days and so it was on Sunday the 14th so lots of cliche photo opportunities. I like this one because it’s just about right, subject in focus and nicely standing out from the background, although maybe I should crop in a little from the left.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 70mm, f5.6 at 1/125th. For some reason I’ve increased the shadows a little in Lightroom.

Sep 18: photo of the month

DSC01344Lot’s of competition for September’s photo because I was in India for nine days and have multiple candidates but I chose this one, of a bicycle rickshaw driver waiting for a fare,  despite its flaws viz the tassles and the man’s hand. One of my good friends suggested that I should have framed the shot to eliminate the former. Well ‘yes’ but it was an impromptu shot and he’d have moved before I could do that! Fortunately the hand doesn’t cover any of the face.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 280mm, f6.3 at 1/500th. For some reason I’ve increased the blacks a little in Lightroom.

There’s an album of 54 photos from my India trip at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmosF5EU

If you want to check out the other photos I took in my ‘take a photo every day’ blog go to http://jdjhiston.tumblr.com/archive.