Throwback Thursday… London!

Warren Street StationWarren Street Station
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 13mm, 1/40s, f8, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago it was London during a day out riding the rails with Dad. From memory we were only in London for an hour and a half between trains but I had time for a brief wander out of Euston station and down to West End Cameras then located on Tottenham Court Road.

BT Tower reflectionBT Tower reflection
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 16mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 100

I couldn’t resist photographing the BT Tower, reflected in the University College Hospitals Education Centre, especially when a London bus sneaked into shot!

Single frame… ‘When the red, red robin comes bob-bob bobbin’ along…’

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Nikon D5500, Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD at 300mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 140

I’m not really a ‘twitcher’ (although I have just joined the RSPB) but photographing birds whilst out and about is proving to be very enjoyable and the acquisition of a Tamron SP 70-300mm lens for my wife’s Nikon D5500 has made doing so much easier…

Granted, so far a lot of my images are of Robins (Erithacus rubecula) but the UK’s favourite bird is incredibly numerous and not at all shy, making the capturing of images a breeze!

Throwback Thursday… Doorways in Donzy

31 Rue Notre Dame, Donzy31 Rue Notre Dame, Donzy
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 31mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 250

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was the commune of Donzy in the Nièvre department in central France… well, mostly the doorways of Donzy! 😁

2 Rue Frappier Saint-Martin, Donzy2 Rue Frappier Saint-Martin, Donzy
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 31mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 320

Yes, it does say ‘Support Your Local Hells Angels’ on the second door…

Single frame… A Happy New Year to you all… (hopefully…)

Frosty tree, the Nièvre-20170101Frosty tree, the Nièvre, New Year’s Day 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 78mm, 1/70s, f8, ISO 400

Here’s hoping that 2021 is kinder to us all than 2020 has been…

A pic from the digital archives today, shot on New Years’s Day 2017 in the Nièvre in central France.

I really must learn to identify trees, I know a silver birch when I see one but that’s about it!

Throwback Thursday… Sky Mirror, December 2013

Sky Mirror, December 2013Sky Mirror, December 2013
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 28mm, 1/200s, f9, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Seven years ago it was the Nottingham Sky Mirror.

Designed by artist Anish Kapoor the 20ft wide stainless steel dish was commissioned by the Nottingham Playhouse and unveiled in April 2007.

The striking structure is a bit hidden away on the edge of Wellington Circus but is well worth visiting, especially when the Playhouse Bar & Kitchen is open!

(One thing this image reminded me of was just how filthy the sensor in the Nikon D600 always seemed to be! I’ve had to clone out a dozen or so ‘blobs’ from the sky…

Single frame… Weir, Monsal Dale

Weir, Monsal Dale, July 2020Weir, Monsal Dale, July 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 14mm f2.8 R, 1/3s, f22, ISO 200

A digital image that somehow ‘slipped the net’ for you today… captured during a ‘Photography Friday’ outing to Monsal Dale with Rachel back in July this year.

Torrential rain in the Peak District in summer isn’t at all unusual and we were thoroughly soggy by the time we’d packed up our tripods and made our way back to the car.

I didn’t make any notes at the time but I seem to remember using both a polarising filter and a three-stop neutral density filter for this shot.