Photos of the month: October, November and December

Oops … this is a bit of a catch-up to make sure that I can round off the year within the year and not some time in 2021.


I drink more wine than I do beer but I don’t have the same regular habit of photographing wine as I do with beer.

I’ve spent enough time in Spain that I’ve drunk enough Spanish wine to appreciate it and the Cune 2015 Reserva is super.

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Sep 20: photo of the month

I take a beer photo every Friday and I guess one was going to be seen as deserving the ultimate accolade. This one looks good enough to drink and is of a beer which I often drank on visits to Germany, especially Dusseldorf.

This photo was taken with my Sony A77 II DSLR 1/80th at f2.0 and ISO 1000 with a focal length of 50mm. There’s been no post processing, not even a crop.

Aug 20: photo of the month

I take this shot most Saturdays and Sundays now because my regular weekend routines have been upset by (a) the closure of Don Pasquale and (b) Covid. I reckon I’m good at scrambled eggs and I got introduced to avocado with breakfast during our Aussie tour of 2017. A since avocados are reputed to lower your cholesterol that’s an extra reason to include ‘smashed’ avocado in the dish.

The photo was taken with my Sony Experia mobile phone, 1/50th at f2.0 and ISO 250 with a focal length of 44mm. There’s been a modest amount of post processing specifically to get rid of a little stray egg on the rim of the plate.

Jul 20: photo of the month

This month was a toss up between another butterfly and a little ego. Naturally the latter won. I last had my haircut 20 Feb 20 and this photo was taken 5 Jul 20 prior to my next haircut 8 Jul 20. I felt that I needed a record for posterity. Obviously I didn’t take this photo; all credit to Juni for framing the shot and then letting the camera take care of the rest.

The photo was taken with my Sony A77 ll with my Tamron 18-270mm lens, f5.6 at 1/200th, ISO320 and a focal length of 100mm. There’s been no post-processing, not even a crop.

Jun 20: photo of the month

And it’s another nature photo this month. The butterfly’s a Meadow Brown.

The photo was taken with my Sony A77 ll with my Tamron 18-270mm lens, f6.3 at 1/200th, ISO100 and a focal length of 280mm (funny how that’s more than the spec of the lens).

There’s been no post processing beyond a crop to go from landscape to portrait. Perhaps I could go a little further to get rid of some of the open space at the top but that would constrain the rest of the image a little too much

Feb 20: photo of the month

Feb 20Back to Cambridge this month for a peep at King’s College down St Edward’s Passage.

This was taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1, 1/160th at f2.0 and ISO40. The focal length was 4.4mm. I confess to a little post processing including adding some colour to an otherwise drab sky.

Jan 20: photo of the month

DSC06356Here’s another photo from our trip to Indonesia over Xmas and the New Year. It’s taken in Fatahillah Square in Jakarta on the first Sunday of the year when it was full of people being out, relaxing and looking for Instagram opportunities. There are lots of living statues and this photo is of a Javanese lady close to such a statue. I’m not sure who/what it is but he’s holding a violin

The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f6.3 at 1/500 and a focal length of 280mm. I’ve cropped it from landscape to portrait but otherwise there’s been no post-processing.