This Morning !
The summer weather seems to be bypassing us this year, though according to the latest weather forecast it should brighten up on Thursday, good job as I’m out with the PhotoBuddies.
#2 of last weeks outing to Bradgate Park, I thought the images suited converting to Black & White.
This old tree reminded me of a dancer.
If Summer ever arrives I’m looking forward to photographing more of the park, It would be good to give the old Rolleiflex an outing.
Now I have my new set of wheels I went out for a drive with my PhotoBuddies to Bradgate Park (interesting Wiki link) It’s been ages since I last visited the park, and I really missed going there.
I took along a film camera and my old Olympus E620 Digital with the standard zoom. We were lucky with the weather yesterday, well it was dry and warm at least. It’s been like late autumn over the last few weeks (it is today) dull and wet, will we ever have a summer this year ?
Tree & Dry Stone Wall
I suppose the one plus point for having so much rain recently is that everything is very green and fresh looking.
Dry Stone Wall Detail
Some of the exposed rocks in the park are an incredible 560 million years old.
There are some lovely old trees in the park and I can’t resist photographing them, I’ll put them in the next post.
The weather seems to be taking a turn for the better this week, so feeling somewhat seized up after too many days indoors I took my self off for a walk yesterday to my favourite nearby location Dams Spinney. Hoping that spring had started to leave it’s mark I took my Olympus E620 and 35mm macro lens, and Olympus OM2sp and Vivitar 19mm loaded with Ilford SFX 200 (expired in 2009) developed the film today and will scan the negs over the next couple of days.
After getting back home my feet and legs were aching, oh the joy’s of getting older, but I felt much better for being out and about in the countryside, so good for the soul.
I got a new lens for my old Olympus E620 digital camera today, a 35mm f3.5 Zuiko Macro at a very good price from a dealer. It arrived midday today so I took a few snaps with it to check it was working as it should, the sun was out and it was warm.
Fleur and Mimi
Winter Flowering Jasmine
The Olympus images seem to convert well to Black and White.
I’m pleased with the lens and looking forward to getting out and about with it, focusing on a particular point can be a bit tricky but that’s down to me rather than the lens.
It was a unusually warm day today, 71 deg F. / 22 deg C. Spent the day in the garden catching up on the chores I’d put off, pruning and tidying up, could do with another week at least. The best part was having my cats with me, both of them laying on the lawn enjoying the sunshine, interspersed with dashing around and investigating/supervising what I was up to.
Here are the last few images from my walk to the Botanic Gardens on Monday.
Wasn’t sure if autumn had shown up owing to the hot weather we had recently. But to prevent seizing up I needed a walk, the Botanic Gardens seemed a good idea, an easy 3 mile round trip. So off I went this morning with my old Olympus E620 digital camera and Minolta HiMatic of 1962 vintage. The weather was changeable so I set the Olympus to 400asa to get reasonable shutter speeds with the penalty of a bit of noise in the images.
Lemon & Lime
Hostas On The Turn
Good For The Eye
The Arboretum tomorrow I think, it’s supposed to be a sunny day, better for film images.
Had a PhotoBuddies walk arranged for today, but the weather was really grey and dull with added rain, so we spent most of the time in a coffee bar, which was OK by me as I had been out twice over the weekend to see bands, and consumed more than my total normal months beer intake. I took along my old Olympus E620 digital and a film camera, only used the Olympus.
So much building work going on in the city.
With not so old TV aerial.
Eat – Drink – Furnish
No more beer – please – The pub is named after Lady Jane Grey.
Spring On The High Street
Was really good to get out of the house and meet the guys even if the weather was not being kind.
My contribution to Thursday Doors over on Norm 2.0 Some great doors over there today.
I took these few on my walk into town on Boxing Day.
Solicitors and Barristers certainly like their brass plaques.
I have wanted to get a shot of this door for some time but needed to stand in the middle of what is a very busy road to get it in frame, it was almost traffic free on Boxing day.
This is what last weeks cement covered door looks like now
It’s very close to the place where they found King Richard 111’s remains, the whole area is undergoing renovation so I have been photographing as many doors as I can.
I spotted this old car park ramp ages ago but there were always lots of cars and people about. So I thought maybe on Boxing Day it would be quiet and clear of vehicles, and it was. Not an easy thing to photograph so I think another visit is needed.
Some details from around the area of the ramp.
From the snaking car park ramp I walked down to the canal.
Foliage in the gutter
Wish I’d brought some food
And then back on to the road via a bridge with some great heads.
It was a lovely bright day, a little bit cold, ideal walking weather. So off I set to town with my Olympus E620. According to my MSN health & fitness phone app I walked just over five and a half miles.
I took with me 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses with a polariser.