Aug 18: photo of the month

DSC01172-2I’ve got a little catch-up to do before I have to choose and publish September’s photo so here’s a shot of the brook by Harding Way after the end of the summer drought. Lots of water and greenery and I especially like the hints of purple.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 180mm, f6.3 at 1/320th. I confess to using the ‘auto-correct’ in Microsoft Office which adds a little contrast.

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.

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Jul 18: photo of the month

DSC01004Lots of competition this month, I seem to have had lots of photographable experiences and taken halfways decent photos of many of them.

Here’s the best of a super bunch and it’s the moment that James Alexander Bradbury gets his name at the parish church in Wetherby.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 135mm, f6.3 at 1/80th.

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.

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.

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?