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.

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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.

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.

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.