Dec 17: photo of the month

2017-12-10 08.54.48I got a new phone towards the end of last year and I’m really pleased with the photos I’m getting with it. You’ve still got the disadvantage of a single fixed focus lens of course but as long as you’re looking for a shot with a dominant foreground or one that asks for a good depth of focus it does a great job.

This is one of the first photos I took with it and it’s a classic point and shoot to capture the moment. It was early morning after a snowfall and I had to hang around a bit whilst the Co-Op cooked another batch of croissants. Serendipity again.

My new phone’s a Sony Xperia and this shot was taken at 1/50th f2. You can almost feel how cold the morning was …

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Nov 17: photo of the month

DSC09228I could do with posting a few more pieces about life in general because this is the third monthly photo in a row which doesn’t say much for the variety of my life!

November seems to have been rather over supplied by wine and beer photos with no special events. Here’s the best of the wine photos taken with my Sony A56 DSLR 1/80th sec at f6.3 with a focal length of 210mm. I’m getting better at setting up these shots to keep the background out of focus. There’s been no post processing.

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.

Jul 17: photo of the month

DSC06493It’s been a little thin on the blog posting front and here’s a second photo of the month in a row. When I posted this on Tumblr I said it was a bit of a cliche and the purists would argue that it doesn’t observe the rule of thirds very well and they’d be right. But I still like it. The pastel shades of the beach huts are a reminder of how soft a summer’s day can be.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 58 SLR, 1/200th at f11. It’s been cropped a little

May 17: photo of the month

DSC05969 cropAnother prompt posting this month. This is from Coimbra in Portugal. It’s Portugal’s premier university city so has some equivalence to Cambridge. Big difference is the enthusiasm of the students to embrace a ‘uniform’, note the student in the photo wearing a black suit, white shirt and a gown. She’s selling trinkets to raise money for something or another.

The photo is really made by the subject and her eyes. It was taken on my  Sony alpha 58 SLR. 70mm on the zoom and f5.6 at 1/125th. No post processing except for a fairly severe crop to exclude a little distraction in the foreground. The original photo was landscape.