Sunday, 24 May 2009

A day out at Burghley House

45 years ago I visited Burghley during the annual 3 Day Event and I have been meaning to return for much of the intervening time. 10 days ago we returned with friends. I was disappointed to find that they discouraged photography inside the house, but there are also the gardens though large parties of adolescent schoolchildren letting off steam don't maximise the opportunity for carefully composed shots... The house is magnificent and a chance to photograph some of the open rooms, particularly the magnificent decorations by Verrio commissioned by the 5th Earl between 1686 and 1697

I did manage to sneak one "contraband" shot it the dining room!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Irises by the pond in Barton

This afternoon I was taken with some irises on the periphery of the pond in Barton. They were past their prime but one or two blooms were worth a shot. I also read about the Post Crop Vignetting facility in Lightroom. Like all new toys, I probably got carried away with it and overdid it, but I feel that I learn best by making mistakes.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Initial thoughts on my first Blog

I have been inspired to start a photo blog having visited those of several members of Cambridge Camera Club. I have some experience with action photography, but I'd like to learn about more creative photography. The more I see of other people's work - Ann Miles, John Bulpitt, David Steel, Ian Wilson - the more I realise that I have a lot to learn! Spotting the photo opportunity is certainly a weakness which I have right now - the spider's web on the decrepit building at Bletchley (Ann), the WIne shop closing down for the day (Ian). I must open my eyes!