30 seconds

Four images from a 30 second burst of shots whilst coming away from Salisbury cathedral. Some very stylish and serious tourists. I thought they looked great! I, however, looked decidedly unstylish…

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Testing

I have picked up a Panasonic Lumix GX9 to use as a portable family / street camera. Whilst my preference is for full frame images, even a camera like the Sony A9 is quite large (with the 28mm lens it’s fine, but the 24-70 G Master turns it into a bit of a beast). The GX9 is literally pocketable, which is great. It’s got a similar form factor to a film Leica / M10, well actually it’s even smaller. The lens is a 20mm (40mm FF equivalent) pancake lens. It’s a little long for me nowadays, but it does keep the camera very compact. No doubt, I will pick up the little 15mm (30mm FF equivalent) at a later stage. However, for the moment, I will just use the 20mm for a while to see what I can do with it.

Right now, I am just getting used to using the camera and how I need to use it to get the sort of images I like. Whenever I get a new camera (DSLR, Rangefinder or Mirrorless), it does take me a while to ‘get my eye in’ (i.e. to get used to seeing the sort of images I want to create). I find that by using a specific type of camera for a while, I tend to get into the swing of things. When I change from one type to another (such as from DSLR to mirrorless), it throws me out for a while. I am not sure if other people have a similar experience when they change cameras?

It doesn’t often matter about the camera, when I switched between a Canon DSLR and a Sony mirrorless, it wasn’t so much about the ergonomics – as I was used to them both (although ergonomically, the Canon was much better in my opinion). For me, it was more about the viewfinder experience and how that kind of messes things up for me.

Anyway, here are some test shots from my first little excursion with it this morning in Salisbury’s Saturday market.

 

Salisbury moments

A few images that I have managed to get about town in the last few days. It’s getting busier in the city now (at weekends) due to the summer season and tourism. The recent events with alleged Russian spies running around town with nerve agent doesn’t seemed to have put people off (or may be it is because of the council’s free car parking?).

Field in low light

I was out for a walk with the dog and saw this shot recently. I like how the shallow depth of field allows you to focus on a short horizontal band of grass, rather than the whole field. Using this selective focus technique can make an otherwise dull shot more interesting.

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Slab

Not sure what this concrete slab is doing in a woodland, but hey I guess there is a reason.

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Little things

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I was walking near to Grovely woods today, when I spotted this little item left on a branch. It reminded me of the strange mask that I found in another part of the woodland. This woodland definitely has a bit of creepiness about it. People I know locally  have an odd feeling about it. The dog doesn’t care though, he was just keeping an eye out for small furry things to chase!

There is a dark history to the woods, which makes it all the more intriguing. Apparently, as it is such a large woodland, there are quite a lot of old buildings and things ‘lost’ in the woods. One to explore some more. Let’s hope there’s no wicker men in there…!

Woodland return

Earlier in the week I went up to Grovely woods, taking my 2 year-old son there for a walk. I grabbed a quick shot whilst I was up there, but wanted to return again to the woods. This evening, I went back to the patch of woods that I was at earlier in the week and got this image. Again, time was not on my side (a common thing with three young children aged 6 and under)!