Some friends suggested going for a walk last Wednesday, nothing too strenuous as we had all over indulged over the Christmas holidays and the weather hasn’t been the best for getting out and about. I suggested a walk to the Arboretum and a place called Dam’s Spinney which is just a bit further along, until a friend told me about this area a couple of weeks ago I no idea it was there. Of course on the day it was dull and raining but we decided to make the effort. I was going to take a film camera but opted for my little Sigma DP1. I had to set it to 800 asa (maximum it will go to) and convert the images to Black & White, the Sigma looses a lot of colour information at this asa. With the lens set to wide open the shutter speeds were 1/30th or slower at times.
It’s situated at the edge of a medieval pathway, the whole area is adjacent to an old Roman road that eventually runs on into the city.
A Fine Specimen
There’s a lake too.
It Was A Bit Muddy
New Growth On Old
It Feels Quite Wild In Some Parts
The lens fogged over at this point.
The site is next to an old farm which is now a pub and small business area.
We walked around 5 miles (8Km) altogether, so not too far, then back to my place for a pot of tea. Can’t wait to visit again in better weather with some film cameras and watch the seasons change the spinney.
The weather has not been very good over the last few days in my part of the UK, the barometer was well into stormy when I looked this morning. The forecast for tomorrow though looks more promising. So I will set the alarm for early and go out for a walk with a film camera, probably to the local Arboretum where I took the following shots on a lovely sunny October day.
Silver On Blue
These were taken on my old Olympus E620 Digital with a polarising filter.
I was hoping to have posted these images at the end of last week but seem to have been busy doing nothing, to be fair to myself I had a birthday along with one of my photobuddies, a few visits from friends and relatives, and of course looking after the lovely cats.
After the walk to the Botanic Gardens last Monday, Tuesday I took myself off to the local Arboretum, it was a really sunny bright day. Took my old Olympus E620 with the standard 14 – 42mm and 40 – 150mm zoom lenses, because it was so bright I used a polarising filter for all the shots to cut down the reflections from the leaves and bring out the colours. I opened the images in Lightroom and then edited them in On1 Perfect Effects, really like that program, it’s quick and easy. Glad I went early in the week as the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Took far more photo’s than I normally would so will divide the images into two or maybe three postings.
They say things happen in three’s, first my Sigma Camera’s shutter failed, then the hinge broke on the fridge door, and finally my TV refused to switch on. Sent the Sigma camera off for repair, it had to go back to Japan, arrived back last week. Called a TV repair man to come and have a look at the set, he said the software had corrupted, 15 minutes later it was restored and working as it should. The only thing I have to do now is get another fridge freezer, the choice is bewildering.
It was a lovely day yesterday (Monday) so I thought I’d take a walk and visit the arboretum again and check that the Sigma is working as it should, glad I went as the weather forecast for the next seven days is pretty awful.
Mind How You Go.
This warning marker is (was) on a twisty part of road, a few feet away there were bits of a cars front grill and headlamps.
St Denys Church
The church dates back to the 1200’s.
The Sigma seems to be OK, looking forward to more photo outings with it.
It almost felt like spring this morning so I thought I would take a walk to the Arboretum, it’s only just over a mile away but another place I haven’t visited for a long time. Took along a couple of film cameras with about 10 shots left on each, I’ll send the films off tomorrow and hopefully there will be some images worth sharing. Got talking to a nice old guy in his eighties who was a member of the local civic and historical societies. Managed to get a few camera phone images, my lovely little Sigma DP1 is on it’s way to Japan for repair.
I quite like the Black and White version too.
There’s quite a long history to this place, which includes a mill, fishponds, and an old manor house, not to mention a POW camp.
Went for a quick walk to town this morning, needed some exercise and some treats, not to mention a box of cat food for the lovely cat family at my neighbours. The day was really bright and chilly, I was surprised how much colour some of the trees still had.
Love These Buildings
The one on the right was the last real department store in the city, sadly it closed earlier this year. I guess it will be turned into apartments.
Now With Snow !
The Christmas tree in the city centre has been given a coating snow, and nearby I saw a poster advertising that there would be an ice skating rink setup from early December in one of the squares, I’ve got to have a go !!!!!!!!
I tried a different way of processing these images from the Sigma DP1, Sigma software first, then import into my old copy of Photoshop elements, then export for web.
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