New England Photos

Photos from my recent trip to New England; more on Flickr.

One of the annoying things I discovered when I got back from my holiday was that I seemed to have picked up some annoying dust spots on my camera sensor.

Aside from learning how to use the clone tool in Photoshop I also ordered an “Arctic Butterfly” from Visible Dust.

After reading good things about it at Luminous Landscape I hoped it would fix my dust problems.

It arrived today and I tried it out just now and it has worked incredibly well.

I can’t see a single spot, and I counted about 20 in the test shot I took before cleaning.

So, no more cloning for me!

The other annoying thing was that the iPod that I had been storing photos on whilst on holiday managed to corrupt about 10 of my photos.

I have no idea what went wrong – several hundred others were fine.

As long as the iPod can’t view RAW files, there’s always a chance that this could happen again.

Serves me right for not buying a dedicated photo storage device I guess.

Reflection
Reflection
Footprints
Footprints
Patchwork
Patchwork
Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill

Copenhagen photos

Oh yeah, Copenhagen Photos.

I’m avoiding putting photos on here for a bit to let the photo heavy homepage calm down a bit. Once there’s less on the home page I can resume.

Just out of interest.

Some photography stats:


Year | photos taken
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2005 | 854
2004 | 776
2003 | 829
2002 | 384
2001 | 652
2000 | 596

I went digital in 2003, hence the increase.

Copenhagen photos not yet up

Hmmmm, been a bit quiet around here lately…

I’ve just got back from Copenhagen, and am sat in front of my computer sorting out my photos.

I have somehow managed to make this into an unbelievably complex and drawn-out procedure.

Even typing up what is involved would take too long.

Suffice to say; it will take me all day.

Hope the photos are worth the effort.

Stained Glass Windows

Guess what, more photos!

On the way back from the lakes we stopped off at Mucklestone (a village on the border of Shropshire and Staffordshire) to take photos of some stained glass windows.

This was done as a favour for a friend and involved climbing up a step ladder then balancing on a ledge that was just wide enough for my tripod.

The stained glass windows are at Mucklestone Church and commemorate the Battle of Blore Heath which was part of the War of the Roses.

More info on the official site.

St George
St George
Queen Margaret of Anjou
Queen Margaret of Anjou
King Henry VI
King Henry VI

Lake District Roundup

Last of my photos from the Lakes.

Aira Force waterfall, where we saw a very nice rainbow.

Then Ullswater; we suspected this was a different rainbow, but you can never be sure.

Then some lickle lambs – zoom lens in car again :-(.

Then a quick stop in the rain to take a photo from the top of a mountain pass.

Rainbow at Aira Force
Rainbow at Aira Force
Rainbow over Ullswater
Rainbow over Ullswater
Newborn lambs
Newborn lambs
View from Kirkstone Pass
View from Kirkstone Pass

Walk around Buttermere

Next batch of Lake District photos.

These are from a walk we did around Buttermere.

At the end of the walk we saw a sheep giving birth but it was too far away and I didn’t have my zoom lens handy so no photos.

After that it was off to the pub for a beer!

Snowy ridge
Snowy ridge
Lakeside forest
Lakeside forest
Lakeside tree
Lakeside tree
White house on side of lake
White house on side of lake
Green field
Green field
Sheep (and lambs) against the wall
Sheep (and lambs) against the wall

A goose and some sheep

Thanks to my fantastic navigation skills we took a slight detour while on the way to Buttermere.

The peak of this exciting new route was an encounter with a road full of sheep.

There was also a goose. This goose took it upon itself to stand its ground and started hissing at the sheep. This we all watched from the sanctuary of the car.

After this excitement (well, it was for us city folk anyway) we then drove through a high mountain pass – which was a different kind of excitement.

Suffice to say, we made it there in one piece.

Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Sheep in the road
Drive to Buttermere
Drive to Buttermere
Drive to Buttermere
Drive to Buttermere

Macro lens in the wild

I went for a walk in Richmond Park today. Naturally I lugged along my camera gear.

Within the park I stumbled upon an enclosure known as Isabella Plantation.

By luck I had stumbled upon it at exactly the right time of year, everything was in full bloom.

It was also perfect weather, sunny with a nice cooling breeze.

I took many photos. So many in fact that I can’t post them all in one go.

This selection is of the more abstract ones.

The next lot will be close-ups of bees of butterflies.

This was the first time I’ve used the macro lens and tripod outdoors to take photos of flowers and plants – it worked out quite well. I should do it more often.

I still have more Lake District photos to add too, so it’s a bit of a photo flood at the moment.

As always, all photos added here also automatically appear on Flickr (it’s all done with magnets, magnets and XML).

Tree Bark
Tree Bark
Red leaves
Red leaves
Leaf close-up
Leaf close-up
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Plant close-up
Plant close-up