Looking forward to spring….

After today’s pathetic attempt at a solar eclipse here in London (I think the grey got darker at one point) I’m looking forward to some warmth and some colour.  But despite all that colour, I sometimes think my better “yet another boring flower shots” are often black and white.  For those interested in such things, this was taken with a Pentax K-5 plus the rather maligned SMC DA 18-135 lens – a lens which I always felt performed better than its reputation.  Personally, I think it is a stronger image in black and white – there was too much colour in the bright yellow original (which I have helpfully failed to share!) which completely overwhelmed the whole picture.

As well as looking forward to the Spring I’m also looking forward to the weekend – I’m planning to take out my digital dinosaur for some fun – more on that soon….

Lovably pathetic

Probably a good time to introduce Harry to the blog.  Without him, quite a few of the images to come probably wouldn’t have happened – my patient companion on walks all over the place, and he has even stopped looking exasperated if he needs to sit and wait for a moment whilst camera-fiddlery is taking place.  Here he is after a hard breakfast and short walk this morning, giving me a look before I set off to work…..

PS I am going to work out how to make the annoying copyright a bit less….annoying….

After work

Time to add a couple of more recent images rather than delve into the archives.  These are views from Westminster Bridge as I was walking towards the South Bank Centre.  I refuse to use a phone for my photographs (I know that makes me a digital dinosaur) so these were taken with a fairly recent addition to my kit – the PanaLeica LX100/D Lux Typ 109.  Mine’s the Leica flavour (it’s as close as I’m ever likely to get to owning a Leica anyway) and has brilliantly replaced a predecessor compact (Pentax MX-1) and my first m43 camera (Lumix GF1).  For some reason, I feel it’s more authentic to use this camera for black and white images, but it does colour pretty well too, and I was on the bridge just in time to catch the end of a rather nice sunset.  It’s nice to play with the multi-aspect sensor which is a feature of this camera – I think I may get to rather like 1:1, even though that’s the only aspect that loses quite a few megapickles:

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My first “published” photo….

In the interest of adding some material to this blog quickly I thought I’d add my first ever published photo.  My first submission to the Pentax Photo Gallery, this image from Botswana (Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta) was made several years ago with a Pentax K20D plus my trusty old Tamron SP 500mm/8 mirror lens…..barely any expense spent on that one!  I turned around in the back of the Landrover and this was the sight behind me – wonderful light in a fabulous part of the world.

Hello world!

So I’m at all sure where this is going to head over time, but let’s at least get the ball rolling.  I reckon I’ve got stuck in a bit of a photographic rut recently – I think something that’s not so terribly uncommon.  And although purchasing new (or at least new-to-me) gear has been an exciting if expensive distraction, it hasn’t really made the rut go away – hmmm – I think something that’s not so terribly uncommon.  So, with apologies to those in the TWIPosphere, it’s not “All About the Gear”; it’s almost entirely to do with everything but.

The good intentions are to use this blog to force me to think about my photography a little more, and hopefully even result in some reasonably regular images that I’m happy to share.  I suspect I’ll end up occasionally talking about gear too, although with most of the stuff I’ve got I did seriously consider calling this blog “The Digital Dinosaur”; with some notable exceptions, you’ll want to look elsewhere if you want information on just about any camera you’re likely to want to buy!

Who knows how this is all going to pan out – but I hope we end up going somewhere interesting.  In the meantime, the featured image is one of my favourites from a few years ago – looking towards Vesuvio from Sant’Agnello (near Santorini on the Amalfi coast) – wonderful colours and light shortly after a thunderstorm, courtesy of a Fuji E900 – one of the earlier digital compacts with an EXR processor.  I’ve still got it, although one or two bits have started to fall off!

Bye for now,