Cavalier King Charles having fun…

“Betsy”, our Cavalier King Charles, assisting me with my attempts to master action shots; obviously having fun in the process.

Fun time

Fun time




The day we went to Blackpool

Whilst showing our exchange student the delights of Blackpool , Lancashire, with my family, I managed to capture these shots before I was accused of ignoring our guest…

Well you have to try 🙂

The Tower

Out for a spin

Sunset on the Shore

Looking back on South Shore

XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow…

What a great opportunity, and a challenge too, to have a bash at sports photography; using Rhythmic Gymnastics and Hockey as my target sports. The greatest challenge in the Rhythmic Gymnastics was to capture a satisfactory shot indoors, knowing that flash was out of the question, and too high an ISO would leave a noisy frame. For Hockey, the challenge was not to produce “frozen” images, but to have some evidence of movement without loss of sharpness.

Here are some of my attempts.

ISO250; f/4.8; 1/200 sec; at 100mm
Rhythmic Gymnastics

ISO250; f/6.3; 1/200 sec; at 100mm
Rhythmic Gymnastics

ISO250; f/4.5; 1/200 sec; at 100mm
Solitary Gymnast - Francesca Jones

ISO160; f/9.0; 1/400 sec; at 70mm

ISO200; f/5.6; 1/400 sec; at 70mm
Going on

ISO200; f/10.0; 1/400 sec; at 70mm
Haunted Hockey Stick

There are more photographs on my Flickr site.

Please feel free to comment…

What a difference a lens makes…

As I am off to the Common Wealth Games, I decided to borrow a new telephoto lens. A friend lent me the AFS Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED; which I have mounted on my D7000 body. For a practice I went down to the local reservoir and whilst not sport shots, I captured these.

ISO200: f/4.5: 1/800sec: 70mm

ISO200: f/4.5: 1/640sec: 75mm
Leisurely Swim

ISO200: f/6.3: 1/1000sec: 230mm
Leisurely Swim

I hope the sport shots are just as good.

Buildings with association…

St Chads, Rochdale

On the 9th November 1829 John Ogden, a Weaver by trade, married Hannah Tetlow, Spinster, at St Chads Church Rochdale.

John and Hannah were my three times great-grandparents. As I stood taking in the scene, I began to imgine the happy couple walking arm in arm up the cobbled path away from the church.

Action sequence…a trip to the reservoir

I hope these pictures manage to portray what is in the title…






Making a change to flying birds!

New addition…

I have in the past posted shots of Honey, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; so I thought I would introduce you to “Betsy”, the addition to the family.

She is not related to Honey in any way, although being a Blenheim with similar markings she is often thought as Honey’s daughter.

Of course I love you...

He's staringat us...

Let sleeping dogs...

Playing with depth of field

Taken with my Nikon D7000 and the kit lens (18-105mm f/3.5-5.6), without use of flash.

These shots were taken as a simple exercise in depth of field.

Settings ISO 100; f/6.3; 1/6sec; 105mm

Settings ISO 100; f/5.3; 1/125sec; 105mm

Settings ISO 100; f/6.3; 1.3sec; 105mm

Settings ISO 100; f/5.6; 1/8sec; 105mm

Frozen Helicopter

These shots were taken using my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, in “Macro” mode.

The Sycamore seed had settled on the roof of my car, becoming victim to “Jack Frost’s” freezing touch.

Frozen Helicopter

Frozen Helicopter

A morning by the Reservoir

Passing Time

Late November Sky