I guess we all complain about where we live at one time or another. As some of you know i live in Perth Western Australia and like everyone else you become blasé about your surroundings. Matilda Bay is a small bay that is a part of the Swan River and from there you get a great view of the City and river.
Near the water’s edge is a restaurant, café and a couple of Yacht clubs. In fact, for those yachting aficionados, the famous Royal Perth Yacht Club is one of these. RPYC was the Club that won the America’s cup in 1983 after the New York Yacht club had successfully defended it for 132 years, the longest winning streak in sporting history. This image is a bit abstract but you can see the yachts in the reflection.
Reflections from the restaurant at Matilda Bay part of Perth’s Swan River in Western Australia
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The village of Upper Slaughter in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds is one mile away from Lower Slaughter and sits on a gentle grassy slope above the stream that connects the two villages.
Once the village was dominated by a Norman castle but all that can be seen of it today are the remains of the motte and bailey.
This is quintessential Cotswolds in all its glowing golden beauty. The River Eye trickles its way through the hamlet on its journey to join the River Wind near Burton-on-the-Water, the river is so low here that the road runs through it at a ford and there is a series of tiny footbridges which enable residents and visitors to pass from one side to the other.
“Slaughter” was probably an Old English corruption of the Anglo-Saxon place-name “sclostre,” which means “slough” or “muddy place,” and that the family slaughter that owned the land and villages unusually took its name from the locality.
Upper Slaughter In the Cotswolds, England
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Built for the Spanish-American Exhibition of 1929, the Plaza de España is one of Seville’s top tourist attractions and why wouldn’t it be! With stunning architecture, inticate tiling and a calming semi circular lake, its just the place to go for a restful afternoon in the sun (provided it’s not too hot – Seville can have bitingly hot summer days).
One of it’s more modern claims to fame is that it has been used as a filming location. Scenes for the famous Lawrence of Arabia were shot here and the building was used as a location in the Star Wars movie series — Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002).
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The Plaza de España, Spain Square, in English is a plaza located in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville, Spain
So let’s just recap on the tips 5-9: No 5 was a recap of the previous 4 which were briefly: 1. keep your camera on, 2. Turn off the flash, 3. Use auto ISO, 4. Avoid Camera shake by using the viewfinder if fitted or if not, by tucking those arms in.
So number 6: Select a tripod to suit your camera and lens and invest in a cable release or use the timer.
7. Don’t think that because someone has an expensive camera that they will create great images - it’s not the gear that makes great art but the person behind the camera.
8. Use RAW if you want great images but only if you are prepared to invest some time in front of the computer
9. Use JPEG if you don’t want to spend time in front of the camera, can’t afford big memory cards or need speed for quick successive burst shooting.
There are numerous other tips I could give but I’ll stop there and as from next week I will post my top 10 travel photography tips. However feel free to ask me a question on taking photos. I may not know the answer but I’ll probably know where to find it! Ciao
Yellow Balloon reflection on the Yarra river in Melbourne Australia
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Cameras need light and when there’s not enough of it the picture taker has a couple of options. A tripod is the preferable option and I’ll cover that in another tip. So lets talk about ISO. In the days of film you couldn’t change the ISO easily You had to change the film or using exposure compensation “push” or “pull” the film a couple of stops but you couldn’t change back again until you changed the film again. But now the ISO can be changed at a whim. All cameras, including compacts and smartphones these days, have an ISO setting. So there are two options. Have the ISO setting on auto which is fine for the majority of the time. But auto is usually set at a maximum of say 1600 which may not be high enough. Alternatively change the ISO setting to suit the conditions. E.g. in low light select a high ISO. However whilst the top end DSLR’s have amazing results from ridiculously high ISO’s there are some models where grain or noise becomes more pronounced the higher you go. So its worth taking a few images at various settings to see how your model performs at high ISO’s. Having said that grain does add mood to certain scenes. For now though, find that ISO setting!
Perth in Western Australia sits on the western edge of the Australian continent is the world’s most isolated capital city. Its also a city of spectacular scenery and happens to be my home. This is the Swan river that snakes its way some 90 km from its beginnings to the Indian ocean. The city itself is about a km to the east (left). 1/125 @ f8 120MM ISO400
Part of the relativity new London overground travels from North London to Surrey Quays in East London. Actually some of the overground is underground – in fact under water through the oldest tunnel under a navigable river, the Thames Tunnel.
From Surrey Quays station it’s a short walk to Greenfields pier. One of the frequent Thames clippers ferries to the London eye, a very pleasant half an hour, 10 kilometre ride despite the gloomy dark sky and the choppy water. For £6.00 (cheaper with an Oyster card) these clippers will take you from Woolwich to the London Eye passing under several bridges including London and Tower bridges and the infamous Millennium footbridge (pictured here) stopping at several points in between. A really inexpensive way to travel and see the some of the sights of London.
Near the famous tower bridge is Katherine dock, supposedly one of London’s best kept secrets. The Thames path, a 294 km walk that follows the Thames (obviously) from its source in the Cotswolds to Greenwich and almost the North Sea, tracks its way through the docks with even a stop to see the boats pass through the lock.