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Red Arrows at Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Red Arrows at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Red Arrows at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014

As I copied files off the D200 into my Photos folder, I realised that I had not taken a single shot with my Nikon since January. Looking back at the keepers, I’m glad I made the effort to shoot some of the Farnborough Airshow 2014 fly-bys.

This picture was taken with the D200 and a manual everything Sirius 70-210mm f/4-5.6. I had to force myself to check the metering every so often as the lighting conditions fluctuated so much. The trick, I found, was to spot-meter on the clouds at +2 as dictated by the zone system and leave the exposure in the rest of the frame to take care of itself.

Impressed with Photo Ninja

Airbus A380 fly-by at Farnborough International Airshow 2012

Airbus A380 fly-by at Farnborough International Airshow 2012

I’m pretty impressed with Photo Ninja. It allowed me to improve pictures that I thought unrecoverable from under-exposure. Plus, the noise reduction algorithm is excellent.

Happy New Year

Glass façade building on Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom

Glass façade building on Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom

I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Hopefully, 2013 would have been a good year, and 2014 will be an even better one.

This picture reminds me of the festive atmosphere on the last day of 2008 as we wandered around London waiting for the NYE celebrations to start.

Surprising Wroclaw

Close-up of love padlocks on Tumski Bridge, Wroclaw

Close-up of love padlocks on Tumski Bridge, Wroclaw

Never thought of Poland as a tourist destination, but after spending five days in Wroclaw, I’m ready to go back again. Beautiful landmarks, great food, and amazing people.

Here is a close-up picture of the love padlocks on Most Tumski, a most original expression of love and friendship.

Reminiscing the Panasonic Lumix FZ18

Red Arrows at Farnborough International Airshow 2008

Red Arrows at Farnborough International Airshow 2008

The Panasonic Lumix FZ18 was an amazing bridge camera. Except for interchangeable lenses, it had the qualities of a DSLR; it allowed precise control when taking pictures, from setting exposure to manual focusing. This picture was taken with the Lumix shortly before I upgraded to a Nikon D40. As the situation demanded, the depth of field was set to cover from the hyper-focal distance to infinity, then the camera pointed in the direction to capture the Red Arrows as they flew into the frame. The only weakness of the Lumix FZ18 was the amount of noise it produced. This picture is captured at ISO 100, yet is more grainy than pictures at ISO 3200 from modern DSLR cameras.

Paris Metro

Moving walkway in Paris Metro

Moving walkway in Paris Metro

My pet peeve when travelling on the Paris Metro was stopping at one station and following confusing signs down endless corridors only to end up at a different station a couple of blocks from our intended destination.

Why candid?

Priscilla holding Sacha wearing fairy wings

Priscilla holding Sacha wearing fairy wings

Candid photography is my favourite genre. I like pictures that are unique combinations of events, feelings, and places. While a beautiful landscape can be re-visited and a portrait re-created, a moment remains truly unique.

Paris

Tour Montparnasse in Paris

Tour Montparnasse in Paris

I thought I wouldn’t enjoy wandering about in a strange city, but I quite liked our Parisian strolls. We might even go back.

Moment captured

Priscilla

Priscilla

Because I know the person so well (and not just because I took the picture), I can fill the before and the after of this instant with countless stories. Others can only wonder.

Saint Michael’s Church in Basingstoke

Old door of Saint-Michael's Church in Basingstoke, UK

Old door of Saint Michael’s Church in Basingstoke, UK

Saint Michael’s Church is opposite Festival Place shopping mall in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Besides its age, the church is interesting in that it bears the scars of aerial bombing by the Germans in their attempt to destroy a nearby ammunitions factory during World War II. Next to the church stands a former school. On the outside walls, there are still deep marks left by pupils who used the bricks to sharpen their slate pencils.