New Lens and a visit to the park..

Last Friday I met up with my photography friend Terry and off we went to Weald Park this time for me to try out my new lens and for Terry to see the deer…..well have I a lot to learn about the lens!!

So first off I thought you might like to see a photo of my camera with lens and extender
big isn’t it and heavy but, I managed and surprisingly enough after awhile I didn’t really notice the weight. The only thing I would say is that with a lens this size on the camera people do tend to look at you thinking you must be a ‘professional’ how wrong they are!!

I did have the camera on a Monopod to help me steady it and I wanted to try and get some decent photo’s maybe of birds in the distance, the deer and anything else that was interesting. Ok the deer photo’s we’ll forget but I’ve done just one for you it’s ok but I’ve posted better before As for the birds well they are ‘ok’ but that is all. Here is one of the Heron which was far away across the lake so a reasonable distance away. The lens has at least allowed me to crop in and get an ‘acceptable’ view of it and the other one is of some birds flying overhead, goodness knows how I managed to get them as it all happened so quick

On our way back we called in at another Park and this time I left the new lens behind locked very safely in the car out of site and put on my 17-70 sigma lens. This was in the hope of perhaps getting some pics I would be happy with, again a little disappointed but there’s one of the leaves turning into their Autumn colours which I’ve posted at the top and here’s one of a wooden carving in the children’s area – took this one for fun!!

so there you are just a quick post to update you and to let you know that I’ll be trying to improve on the taking of photo’s again at the end of the week when we do have a forecast for some really nice sunny weather – we’ll see!!

Because I’m a little disappointed with my pics from the new lens (need to practice more!) and because looking back on this post there’s no bright colours except for the top photo, I thought, I would leave you with a photo taken this morning in the garden of one of the last of the summer roses – taken in the rain!!

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon.


Here we go again..

Yes isn’t he a cutie. I met him when over at Thorndon Park last week. He’s a stranger and yes I do feel it’s safe to talk to strangers in the park but only when they are a few months old, have 4 legs and are as cute as this little man!

Lets go back to the beginning….at a BBQ a couple of weeks ago we met up with some neighbours who had moved away to another part of town but were now back living just about 6 houses away from us. As it turns out the husband takes lots of photo’s mainly of birds but is happy to include other subjects as well. So the conversation went as to how I as a women didn’t feel comfortable going off walking on my own taking photo’s. Chris the husband said just let him know and he would be happy to walk with me any time. So I wasted no time but contacted him a couple of days later and we arrange to meet up last Wednesday for our first outing.

So off we went to Weald Park. I wanted to play around with Shutter priority this time out and I know for those of you with experience will be saying ‘ so what’s special’ about shutter priority but again it’s all part of my learning photography and I must confess to saying that it doesn’t come easy to me. Although when I look back over the last couple of years I can see that I am making progress.

Anyway here are some photo’s I took that day:

and with this photo I wanted to capture the ducks swimming in the rays of the sun coming across the works ok to a degree but I think I could do better!

Now to other everyday living matters… I had a busy time last week with golf played at my own club in our Lady Captains Day and yes I won a prize for the straightest drive which is so not like my golf, and then on the Friday I went off with my friend Kathleen to a Ladies Open at another club where I’m afraid it was not a repeat of Tuesday. In fact the weather was so hot and humid which didn’t help and I really think with playing on the Tuesday, walking for 5 hours taking pics on the Wednesday my body had decided it was tired and it showed with my golf. Oh well there’s always another golfing day.

So my final photo for you today is of something ‘very delicious, very fattening, and one must have a piece of everyday, and it’s home made by me!!

It’s called Rocky Road!!

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments and a special thank you to Diane and Nina for your support against ‘Mr Pauls’ comment about my Mum – it will cost him dearly!