35 by 35 by… um… 35…

DSC_8518-PanoOh look… A panorama, that didn’t take very long did it!

I can’t help it! I love panoramas, they tend to add a depth of detail that would be missing if I’d “zoomed… or unzoomed… or whatever with my feet!” I am quite happy that, even though it was hand held I’ve managed to keep the composition right in my mind.

And, for those of you wondering, or even thinking I’ve seen this somewhere before, it’s the south door on St Mary’s and St Nicholas church in Wilton and featured in my 365 challenge last year. It’s a great church, quite imposing but the detail in the carvings are amazing.

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35 by 35…

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So, a new challenge methinks, I have the tools at my disposal and those tools are not extensive, there will be my trusty D3300, now feeling a little worn but still delivering the goods. And my 35mm, f/1.8 prime lens (I love it sooo much!) the rest will just be gravy.

So, here we go, 35 shots over 35 days using only my 35mm lens and it might involve maths (did you know that 35×35=1225 and that 1225 is a Angel Number? Nope, nor did I and to be honest…. I don’t think so… But I will be sure to let you know if I experience any unexpected “energy” ((I won’t)) during my challenge.)

So, to my first shot, a fully charged hover fly on a daisy, I love these insects. They mimic the bad boys (wasps) they drink nectar rather than blood (horseflies) and they can beat their wings quicker than anything else in the animal kingdom.

Boom, there it is, a half decent blog post after the dismal attempts of the last 9 months…

And I’m going to include some techie bits too. f/1.8, 1/3200th sec, the shutter speed was so quick because it was the middle of the day and 1.8 is wide open so even at ISO 100 the amount of light in the exposure was extensive. I wanted to shoot at 1.8 to get a shallow depth of field so the focus was on the fly and the flower and throw the rest of the frame out of focus (Bokeh) so a compromise had to be made.

See you tomorrow! x

How useless am I…

I have neglected you… The countdown fizzled out on here but kept going in the real world and I am now 4 days into my first little exhibition and it’s been amazing. My images have been so well received and all feedback has been extremely positive. I think this could possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done…

And it’s now *Little Green Man season in Wiltshire too… Good days!

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I think I’m going to do a bigger post closer to the end of the week with details and pics and I might have a spin around and get some shots of the other participants… There’s 330 of us. If you fancy a ganders at what we’re up to have a look at the Wylye Valley Art Trail website.

And if you’re local, pop along. It would be great to see you. If you’re not local, still pop along, it’s well worth the visit and this part of the world is looking gorgeous at the moment.

*Artists with planks and grumpy farmers Season

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DSC_4181-Pano-Edit-Edit.jpgAs you can see I’m really working on my soon to be (really) here exhibition…

This was the view from my office this lunchtime while I was doing my real job, pesky real job, putting me in all these wonderful locations around Wiltshire and distracting me so much that I need to get a 4 photo panorama of Roundway Down near Calne. A neolithic hill fort with commanding views across Devizes and a large swathe of the Wiltshire countryside. The light was hard, hence the B&W edit but I like! ;o)

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dsc_9571-editTwo Brownies for a quid… Don’t you just love car boot sales! Not sure where I’m going to get the film from but in the mean time I’m going to have a bit of fun using my new fangled gadget to get some photos of the old fellas! And they smell amazing, like old pubs from my childhood… Long story!

There Be Trolls…

dsc_7818-editThe River Pitt, beneath the A359 just outside Bruton and here’s a little nugget; most bridges with busy roads over the top have to be of a decent standard, this normally means the river bed will be concrete and nice and level for the tripod but obviously, be careful because it might be nice and flat it can also be slippery and it’s surprising how much force is exerted on your legs by only a couple of inches of water. Normal rule of thumb, if it looks too much, it probably is.

10sec @ 18mm, f/9.0, ISO 100 Remote trigger and my trusty (soon to be rusty) freebie tripod! This bridge comes with a waterfall too…DSC_7813-Edit.jpgI’m not so happy with the composition on this one though, we’ve got some colder weather heading this way for the weekend so might have to have a revisit then.