Cardiff

I have been using my SB-24 flash a lot quite recently, but thought I’d just do a bit of ambient light photography for a change.
The camera seems a lot lighter without the flash and I prefer this.
A lot more discreet too.

Also have gone back to using View NX2 & Capture NX2.   Been using Adobe Lightroom 3 for about 3 months and I like it but there are some things I like about the NX2 workflow.

Nikon D700,  Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI,  1/125s @ f/3.5, iso200

Grand Pier

After visiting Uphill Sands I went to the Grand Pier with the intention of having a pint of real ale in the bar at the end of the pier.

The problem was that the pier is currently undergoing maintenance meaning that there is no beer being served.

Nikon D700 @ 1/250s & ISO200,  Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI @ f/11, Nikon SB-24 @ 1/4 power

Horses & Dogs

Went for a walk along the beach at Uphill Sands today.   The weather was actually pretty good.   This beach seems very popular with dog walkers as it has on beach parking and there was almost a constant parade of dogs in both directions along the beach.

There was a rider with 2 horses who came over to speak to the dog walker on the left.   After that the dog walker asked me if I was a “local paparazzi” – perhaps she was hoping she would appear in “Hello” magazine ;-)

Nikon D700 @ 1/250s & ISO200,  Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI @ f/11, Nikon SB-24 @ 1/4 power

Church

Been putting my new 28mm f/3.5 AI lens to the test with a few shots locally in Taunton.

Quite like the arches here.

Getting a better hang of working with this new fully manual lens.    Left the shutter speed “locked” at 1/250s and used the aperture ring to shift between f/8, f/11 & f/16 depending on the brightness/shadiness of the scene.

Seemed to work fairly well and any final exposure tweaks could then be applied in Lightroom 3 as I only ever shoot raw.

The focus was generally just left at about 2.5 metres which works well at these apertures.

Nikon D700 @ 1/250s & ISO200,  Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI @ f/8, Nikon SB-24 @ 1/4 power

Falling Snow

Another shot from my recent visit to Cothelstone Hill.

This was certainly a good test for the D700’s weather sealing as the driving snow on the summit meant that the camera was thickly coated in snow!

This was taken on the descent and the wind had died down a bit.

I was a bit worried that my SB-24 flash had “died” at one stage, but I think it was more the fact that the batteries needed charging.

Not sure why I shot this at 1/250s but it must have been the result of the shutter speed wheel on the D700 getting accidentally jogged.   I can “dedicate” either the front or the back wheel of the D700 to the task of controlling shutter speed but both wheels are easy to accidentally jog.   I would prefer a dial on top of the camera like on a film SLR as much less easy to change it accidentally, and also much easier to check the setting without having to look at an LCD display.

D700 with 28mm f/3.5 AI lens & SB-24 speedlight @ 1/4 power. 1/250s, f/8, iso200