Hoegh Osaka

Sounds like it should translate as “beached whale”, which would be appropriate.  This was been beached on a sandbank in the Solent after it started to list. Salvage experts had hoped to move it today, but have had to abandon the task.  The Bramble Bank where it currently is appears once or twice a year at very low tides.  When this happens, there tends to be a game of cricket played.

 

Hoegh Osaka

Widgeons at Testwood Lakes – I need a longer lens.

We went along to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Testwood Lakes today. It’s a lovely location just off the M27 with an education centre and bird hides.  We spent some time in one of the hides trying to get some decent shots…. as always, the birds are a bit further away then your lens will comfortably reach.  My Nikon only goes to 200mm.  Interestingly I still see articles in photographic magazines, suggesting if you have a crop factor, then the lens “reaches further”.  Sure, it appears to fill more of the frame than if you used full frame, but it doesn’t get your any closer to the action.  I think magazine should clarify what they are saying.

Anyway… I like the shot but I’ve had to crop it a HUGE amount to get it any where near the picture I wanted.

Testwood Lakes

More Sailing – The Fastnet

The Fastnet is a race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock, which is south of Ireland, then back to Plymouth. It’s a bit insane!  I would have liked to have gone over to Cowes to get some shots, but it’s getting more expensive to go on the ferry, so I want to Lepe Country Park on the mainland instead.  There’s a fabulous spit which people stand on which added to the pictures.  I did find I’d generally underexposed my pictures.  I should have added some +ve exposure compensation. as I was shooting in Speed priority mode.

The full set can be found here.

Fastnet

Cowes Week

Each year in August, Cowes week takes place on the Isle Of Wight.  All sorts of boats spend the week racing, and the crews party long and hard at the end of the day (and still get on a boat the next day!).  I ‘ve been going for a few years, and enjoy the chance to get a new set of pictures.  Each year there are challenges.  Sometimes there is no wind and sometimes they race so far off the shore you can’t see anything!  This year there was some close in action (well I say action – nothing dramatic happened).  My 18-200mm lens can cope (just about) although I would love to get a longer lens for next year.

The full set of pictures can be found here.

Cowes Week

Cowes Week