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Nov 2nd: Autumn Colours

Autumn is being very kind to us this year with some cracking scenes and wonderful colours around every corner. It’s great getting out at for family walks over weekends/half term etc. – nothing finer that stretching the legs out in the Peak. It always raises a conundrum for me photographically.

DSC_7860_lo resWhilst I’d love to linger and really get stuck in photographically I stay ‘run and gun’ shooting with one lens and no tripod. Photography, like most of life, is a compromise; better to take a shot with limitations rather than not shoot at all in my book. Here are a few images from recent trips – all taken with D800 plus one lens (usually the 24-70 F2.8) and all on the hoof…

River Derwent upstream of GrindlefordTree under autumn skyTrees, Walls and Leaves in GrindlefordAcer ColoursWhitely Wood, SheffieldHeron in pond, Whitely Wood, SheffieldFungiiFungiiThat Crag again - Popular End of Stanage

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Dec 18th: And the winner to the spot the DSLR image is…

And the winner to the spot the DSLR image is Matthew Vernon who, along with Rob Johnson, scored three correct answers…

Matthew emailed to say; “at the resolution you posted to your blog, there’s nothing to choose between the pictures quality-wise. So I’m afraid I guessed the difference based on what you said: the twoSheffieldParkphotos looked to have been taken on the same occasion, so I figured were the same camera. And the wreath image is a more “arty” shot, so I figured that would be the DSLR shot, and the two outside ones were smart phone pictures”. Neat deduction Matthew using the circumstantial evidence!

By comparison, Rob went down a photographic route for his analysis; “After looking closely at all three photos, I would say the wreath is the one taken with the DSLR. My reasoning is, even though all three images show an impressive level of detail, the wreath shows much more clarity and definition in the black areas of the image; for example, the letterbox. The image is much more crisp in its detail. Having said that, the 2 woodland shots are both very clear, with good colours and no discernible distortions or fringing that you might expect from such a small lens as that found on a smartphone”. I wouldn’t disagree with any of those observations Rob.

Steve Crowe also got in touch from the North East and offered his reasoning behind his two out of three correct answers; “The first two were taken for the purpose of comparing the cameras, the third was a red herring! I like the first two but not keen on the third.

1. Woodland Path – Phone
Great shades of brown with a hint of green and a splash of blue. Lots of detail to pick out. Crouched down to add an interesting foreground detail but essentially on a walk in the woods with the phone.

2. Tree Roots – DSLR
My favourite. Great shades of mostly one colour, superb composition, making me look at something that I could have walked past and not noticed. Great shades of brown and a few flecks of green. Left me wondering what the photographer was thinking at that moment, why did he stop?

3. Wreath – Phone
It looks a fairly flat image with nice colours but little composition, looks like it was taken on the spur of the moment. Nice enough but didn’t grab my attention.

So all interesting thoughts and my thanks guys for getting in touch and getting involved in the fun. And as it’s Xmas I’ll beef-up my intended prize giving and fire each of you all a copy of the calendar via Postman Pat!

Finally, I think that this little exercise has triggered a line of thinking for me and I’ll be posting a bit more on this exploring the idea of smart phone v’s DSLR shooting so please stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s another shot from my Sheffield Park expedition over the weekend – and yes, this is another smart phone capture. This, by the way, is Chelsea Park which is the same park used by a certain Jessica Ennis for training runs…

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June 25th : OTR Comes to Sheff…

After months of hype the Olympic Torch Relay rumbled down Eccey Road tonight into Sheffield. The sun was shining and the Hunter’s Bar area was rammed and there was a real carnival atmosphere – folks had a reet good time. It would have been rude not to nip down and take a gander…

 

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