… on the weather. This weathervane sits on the roof of our neighbour’s barn. The barn is around 200 years old, and I suspect the weathervane is of similar age. Lit by an amazing sky this evening.
I was awake even earlier than usual this morning and around 6am saw that the light was promising. Grabbed shoes and my camera and walked the few yards to the farm gate nearby. Just time to snatch a few shots before the sun came up fully and the beautiful colours disappeared.
So, after an eventful week in Ibiza we are back home in (not so sunny) Staffordshire. With no travel plans upcoming, it’s an opportunity to become familiar with the little Fujifilm X100F camera I bought just before we went away. I plan to shoot much more mono, so expect to see that reflected here.
I’ve had the Sony A6300 for a while, but it never quite worked as an ‘everyday’ camera for me. Lots of great features, but it was just a bit on the big side for what I wanted. I’ve tried a smaller lens on it, but that compromises quality too much. So it’s going on it’s way shortly, and being replaced by the Fujifilm X100F – much smaller and neater, and great quality too!
This is part of the Italienate Gardens at Trentham, near Stone. It has been a country estate since the 11th century, and although the fine country house that once stood here has been largely demolished over the years, the gardens, originally designed by Capability Brown, have been lovingly restored as a country park. Well worth a visit…
I’ve been thinking for some time that I might slim down my camera equipment – it’s kind of grown somewhat over the last year or so, and there are times when I figure I could just manage with a decent compact camera. However, I’ve always hankered for a good telephoto zoom, and this nearly new Sony 70-200mm f4 lens was too good a deal to miss. Yet to test it out, but I’m sure it will be great!
This spot, Meols, on the Wirral Peninsula, is the closest sea to us. It’s about 75 miles away, or an hour and a quarter by car. I’d seen photos of the boats stranded there at low tide, but hadn’t realized that what looks like a sandy beach is actually rather nasty black sludge, definitely not for walking on! So the only photo I could take was from the concrete slipway, but at least the sunset was good…