A selection of images of Swans and ducks taken at Cosmeston Lakes in South Wales, all on my Nikon D5200 using either 50mm Nikkor 1:1.4 or 35mm Nikkor DX 1:1.8. That should probably tell you how close I managed to get to these guys, they were really friendly, surprisingly for swans.

DSC_0011.jpg 50mm, ISO 400, f8, 1/3200th sec. (more…)

Project 52: Week 35; Landscape – Nature Up Close

Um, not sure I would describe this brief as “landscape” but that’s what the list I have for the 52 week project has it down as so there we go. This is actually a great opportunity for me to share another image I took in Italy on Il Isola di Torcello in the Venetian Lagoon, the birds seemed very unafraid of humans hence why I could get this close to them with a 50mm equivalent lens.

P1010191.jpg Olympus OM-D EM-5, Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm, ISO 400, f2, 1/2500th sec. (more…)

Olympus Om1n: First shots

So you may be aware I purchased myself a lovely Olympus Om1n with a 50mm 1.8 Zuiko Auto-s not too long ago, a camera I have wanted to own for some time, and talked about here. These are some photographs from the first roll of film developed, I only ran one through in case of any issues (no point wasting money/film if the damn thing doesn’t work properly) and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how these have come out. These are all shot on Kodak Colorplus 200 ISO colour film that expired in January 2014, a film I’ve used previously and gives nice results so probably my main surprise came from how nice the images looked considering the lens cost me around £20.

So below are a few examples taken during a late afternoon/early spring evening in Roath Park, Cardiff. First up is this shot of an older lady and her dog and a stand-off between a pair of geese, I say that as the geese were pretty unimpressed that the poor old lady dared to sit on a bench in their patch. This was taken at f11 125/sec.

Standoff 50mm Kodak Colorplus f11 125th secFirst thing you’ll notice is the brownish/red lighting to the left of the image, I don’t think this is a light leak as I have no other photographs on the roll showing anything like this, the sun was just out of shot in that direction and low in the sky so I think this is purely the way the light is reflecting on the lake. I like how the tree branch in the top right corner and overhanging leaves at the top of the image frame this shot, I think the heavily exposed sky would be a bit too overpowering without them. I also like the level of details that’s been captured, the cracks in the path, some of the individual leaves standing out against the bright sky and the grass. I also like how the leading lines of the path and fencing lead from one subject to the other, from the seated lady at the bench to the geese. (more…)

Taff Embankment

Taff Embankment Canon AE-1 Programme 50mm Ilford XP2 400

So then back to the usual, monochrome. This shot of the path that runs parallel to the River Taff in Cardiff was taken on the Canon AE-1 Program with 50mm on Ilford XP2 400 ISO film. (more…)