Sunset Smile

Sunset Smile
Sunset Smile, uploaded to Flickr by James Snape.

This is the first in a series I took at Hengistbury Head this weekend. This one is looking back to Bournemouth. Of the set, it’s my least favourite because the sun was still too high in the sky and it’s blown out a little.

I got to use my new Lee filters for the first time which has helped the shot and I can see why other’s photos taken with ND grads have this nice pink tint to them.

Plaza Mayor World

Plaza Mayor World
Plaza Mayor World, uploaded to Flickr by James Snape.

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens – 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 100

This is effectively a panorama shot wrapped around to look like a mini planet. I almost have it perfected but one of the things you must do is ensure there are no objects in the top or bottom of frame when you shoot them. The lamp post and tower just managed to fall in the zone when wrapped.

It was taken in Madrid two weeks ago when Claire and I celebrated our one year anniversary.

I’m not a morning bee

I'm not a morning bee
I’m not a morning bee, uploaded to Flickr by James Snape.

Canon 400D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens – 1/2 sec, f/11, ISO 200

I took a couple of macro shots a few weeks ago but all the insect images went in the bin as they were out of focus or blurred. This bee was still in the process of warming up for the day so didn’t move about much.

My only issue with the image is that the conversion to Jpeg hasn’t gone that well – in particular it looks over sharpened and the colour of the catch light has gone quite blue compared to the original Photoshop image. I may end up reprocessing it to see if I can fix the flaws.

Talbot Heath Fire

Talbot Heath Fire
Talbot Heath Fire, uploaded to Flickr by James Snape.

Canon 400D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens – 1/250 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100

We had a rather large fire on the heath behind our house last week. It Bournemouth Echo article as it’s the second time in a month there was a fire here. Unfortunately there is not much left now which is a shame because it’s a rare bird breeding ground.

The Watcher, Plate 3I should have taken my long lens; this shot was about as close as I could get due to a police line around the fire.


I don’t think they liked the fact I was taking photos though as it got my name and address in their notebook.

Nautical Crossroad

Nautical Crossroad
Nautical Crossroad, uploaded to Flickr by James Snape.

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens – 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100

I’ve been a bit lazy with photos lately. Some have gone to Flickr but not blogged. I also haven’t been taking as many as I would like. I blame the cold weather mainly but also I’m doing about 14+ hrs travel a week at the moment for work and the last thing I want to do in the evening is go out and take photos. Hopefully things will pick up as the weather gets warmer.

I’m also torn between the new Canon 5D MkII and swaping all my kit and going with Nikon. Tough call – if I was starting out and knew what I know now about the two systems I’d go with the Nikon in a heartbeat but I have a lot of Canon gear which I’d have to trade in at a loss to swap over.

I’m probably going to sit on the fence for a while and see what happens. Unfortunately prices are set to rise due to exchange rate issues but there is a rumour of a new Nikon D700x so I’d be interested to know if they can stick the final nail in Canon’s coffin.

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