Shooting with the D40

On my London visit, I used a Nikon D40 with a Nikon 35mm lens.  This was great fun, and the camera and lens combination seem to be pin sharp (unlike problems I have with my D7000).  I was generally shooting at around F8 on Aperture mode.  Quality wise it did not let me down, and the camera and lens are a handy size.  While the 35mm is too short for many things, the real problem I had, was that quite often it wasn’t wide enough for what I was doing.  I think this is really down to the crop factor on the D40.  Still you learn to adapt, which is what it is all about.



Sony Photography Awards 2015

I was in London yesterday, and paid a visit to the Sony Photographic Awards at Somerset House.  This was the first time I had been, and I had a thoroughly good time.  The awards are open to amateur and professional photographers, and cover a wide range of photography subjects.

As usual there were photographs that you wonder how they got there (but like everything in art it’s all down to personal taste).  In general though there were some really great photos, and enough to inspire you to improve your own technique, and story telling.  Quite often it’s a very simple idea that has been photographed.

As it was Sony who sponsored the awards, there was plenty of large 4K TVs to show off some of the pictures.  Very easy to notice over sharpening 🙂

All in all for £8.50 is was well worth the money, and I would certainly go again.  I also had a wander around London and took this album.


Eastleigh Chilli Festival

Today was the first (and hopefully not last) Eastleigh Chilli Festival.  It wasn’t very big, but was well attended and there was obviously plenty of opportunities to sample chilli sauces of many types.  They even had a chilli eating contest which didn’t get off to a very good start as they didn’t have enough Chillis to go round.  You would expect that would be the most important part of the contest!


Editing in Lightroom

I headed up early to Mottisfont on Monday where I volunteer, to take photos in one of the woods we have been working on, of the display of snowdrops.  Rookie error #1. I forgot to charge my camera battery properly.  I did get some photos, but not as many as I wanted, or with more sun streaming through the trees.  I shall hopefully try again, next week.  I wanted to show you though how I’ve used Lightroom to convert what was quite a drab photo, into something that actually looks good.  It doesn’t look like it was taken at 7.30 in the morning.

The picture was taken with a Nikon D40 and Sigma 10-20mm lens.


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