Photography and Walking in Whitby

January started as January’s always do with us. Holiday time. We prefer to work over Christmas and New Year, its generally quite and makes a nice change from the usual stress of work

Last year we headed to Southwold, this year we decided to stop in Whitby at the loverly White Linen Guest House. Because it was there least busy time we got a discount of the room rate and once we arrived we also got a free room upgrade, Nice!

A part from a holiday the other reason was to take a lot of photographs. Its a very beautiful area and I always come away with lots of great shots.

As always when were in North Yorkshire we always take the opportunity to go walking. This time we took the coast route which gave us some great views of the Abbey.

While the temperature was bitterly cold, we were met each morning with clear blue sky.

After a days hiking or photography we ended the day in cafe, eating hot soup and drinking hot fresh coffee.

Dragging around lots of camera’s and lens is hard work, and on a poor day, when you get home cold and exhausted with no results it can be demoralising. Luckily at the end of each day I found I had captured some great results.

When it comes to photography I am a big believer in planning and pre-visualisation, but after one of our walks I had some great luck with the moon rising over Whitby Abbey at just the right point. I wish I could tell you it was all planned but no, it was just pure luck!

I think you will agree as a photography trip it was a great success and I achieved some memorable images.

As always the holiday was far to short. Once back it was into the old routine of work. We had one last treat in the month, a trip to the cinema, to watch Underworld 3.

Hard Work, a visit to a Windmill – and a Wedding

More hard work, but we also grabbed the odd day off. A visit to working Windmill and we bought some traditional flour to bake with.

I also shot another wedding this month, always a nervous event for the photographer and Bride and Groom, but I managed to get some good results. Congratulations to Pasqi and Allison, thanks for trusting me as your Photographer.

Photo Holiday in Southwold

September was another holiday for us. Work had been very intense recently, and would continue to be so with me having to delivery a major project under very tight deadlines. But the holiday had been booked some time in advance so with much work to do, to get myself in the position to take a week off, when the holiday came round I was more then ready for a rest.

We had a week in Southwold, Suffolk one of our favourite seaside destinations. Days of rest and just wondering round the local shops. A day walking across the marshes taking lots of photographs, and of course lots of the local food and beer. Southwold is the home of Adnams beer!

It was a lovely holiday and too much food and drink was consumed, as was confirmed by the weighing scale at the gym.

iPhone Launched in UK and a Trip to see the Seals

Caroline worked hard to finish another quilt this month which see is calling ‘Minerva Spools’.

The Bike GP season finished. Poor Rossi came third in the championship. If not for engine failure in the last race he would have come second. You cannot fault Ducati and Casey Stoner they had a great package. The Ducati has always been fast but now it handles too!

Richard is starting to think about his next bike. Maybe next year. We took a BMW R1200GS out for the day a few months ago and really liked it.

This month was also gadget month. Richard is very lucky in that he gets to play with all the latest gadgets, Smart Phones, Windows/Palm PDA’s. He has always liked Psions but as there not available any more switched he switched to Palm, occasionally replaced with Windows Mobile. ┬áRichard has a Windows and a Symbian 9 mobile phone and is testing a new Blackberry for work. The Windows device makes a great GPS as we have the TomTom software on it but as a phone its not so good. The Symbian device is good and stable but is slow. The blackberry for companies is certainly the best mobile email device and from a IT perspective its very supportable.

The big event in smart phones for the UK is that the Apple iPhone was released this month. We had both managed to test one at work for a week many months ago and was very impressed. It may not have all the features of a Windows smart phone or say a Symbian device, eg Nokia N95, but the key point is, it actually works as a great phone, has the best browser in the business and the OS is very good. All it needs for us, to make it perfect, is the ability to edit MSOffice documents, support Microsofts push email standard and run a Citrix client. So lets hope third party developers meet our needs. Lets see what happens in February when the Software Developers Kit is released.

So yes Richard bought the Apple hype and got himself an iPhone. Yes it was expensive. Not how you think, but that Caroline insisted on getting an iPod Touch. Only fair don’t you think. At least now we don’t have to worry about Christmas presents for each other!

We also made a quick visit to the coast. At Donna Nook the seals were giving birth. Lots of photographs were taken.

North Yorkshire Holiday and a Portrait Session

The start of this month found us still on Holiday. Enjoying the good weather in North Yorkshire.

Unfortunately it could not last, and we had to go back to work.

This month was more stress and long hours. Power issues in the server room. Then the gym went and cancelled the Yoga classes without telling us. Good customer service there! At least with us all complaining it looks like there going to address that. We will see, if not there are plenty more gyms in this area.

I also got to do a family portrait session for people at work.

Many months ago we had a charity auction for comic relief. I had offered a portrait session. With the nice weather once again with us the winner came to claim her price.

An old hobby – A new Joy

This year has been a transition year for me. My real joy in photography is black and white, Studio Glamour Photography and Architecture. As with most people I do not have room for a full time darkroom. In the last few years I have done very little photography except for a little landscape and a few friends weddings, but this year I really got back into my main three photographic loves. What spurred me on was my introduction to digital.

Over the last few years I have occasionally tried digital cameras and been generally less then impressed. Slow, poor battery life and hard to use. Then last year I had the opportunity to use a Cannon EOS 1D (the latest model). I finally thought that digital had arrived, it was fast responsive and produced fine quality images. Of course going digital is a big step and you need to make a number of adjustments. Are you going to shoot RAW, JPeg (JPG), how are you going to handle your storage requirements, backup, Image processing and work flow.

I decided on two approaches, first read all I could and talk to photographers who had made the jump. Second buy a small digital compact and try different things. So for the past year I have been shooting film on my SLR’s and digital on my small Nikon S3 compact. Its been a lot of fun and really inspired me to take more pictures this year then I have for the last three. A few months ago, I made the jump and bought myself my first digital SLR. I look forward to the next year and many more photographs.

A lunchtime Photo Walk

Many times people have said they don’t have time for their photography.
Or they are unable to get to that exotic location. Today was the last
day at work and as every other day this week it was thick freezing fog.
But today I took my camera bag and in the half an hour walk round the
Brayford Pool in my lunch break I took 43 photographs. Most of them are
not very good, but sometimes you just have to go out and shoot!

A winter lunchtime walk, Brayford Pool, Hedgerow next to carpark

Nikon D200 SLR
Nikor 17-70mm F3.5 ISO 100
40mm, 1/90 Sec at f5.6
Nikor 17-70mm F3.5
70mm, 1/60 Sec at f5.6 ISO 100
Processed in Adobe Lighroom Beta 4.1
On a Mac Powerbook, OS-X 10.4.8