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Walking Home

Well this has been a very social weekend, first a wedding in France on Saturday then a 60th birthday party this afternoon, it’s been more running around than needed after a week with a couple of long work days and a couple of days off sick. But at least the weather was nice at the end of today while I walked home from the birthday party.

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Spring Flowers

Plenty of people only take their cameras with them when they go on holiday. There’s always opportunities to take photos, so take a camera with you wherever you go. I still haven’t been converted to smartphone photography except for snaps of Max when we are out walking or just messing about. So I tend to take my Fuji with me quite a bit, it’s light enough that I don’t really notice it if I carry it all day long. The image quality is superb and the EVF is great.

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Evening Strolls

It’s as if winter just disappeared, it’s already warm enough to go out in shorts and a t-shirt in the evenings. Let’s hope it lasts!

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Eclipse

Today there was a solar eclipse we could see a partial bit of it from our balcony in Switzerland. It completely skipped my mind until the outside light was very odd and it got a bit colder, not sure if getting colder is related.

A Couple of tips when taking photos of an eclipse or the sun in general for that matter. Don’t look at it, unless you’re silly like me and like staring at funny spots in your eyes for a while, but seriously don’t look at it! If you have a mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder you don’t need to worry about looking at the sun through it. It’s really only the DSLR owners or people with optical viewfinders that have to worry looking through the viewfinder as the sun will burn a hole in your retina through your camera just as quickly as staring at it. You’re better off using the live view mode and framing your shot.

You’ll also want to get some kind of ND filter to reduce the amount of light hitting your sensor, I own a lee big stopper, it blocks out 10 stops of light, so works perfectly in this situation. They don’t come cheap and I’m sure there are quite a few DIY techniques you can find on the interwebs. Lastly a tripod may be useful.

How do you make a shot like this interesting it’s pretty hard actually, I was messing about with a slow shutter speed and moving the filter around on the front of the lens, this is the best I got.

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Spring is Coming

I hope the title of this one is not short lived since it’s suddenly cold again. We’ve seen the first few  spring flowers pop out and yesterday It would have been easy to wander around the local forest in a T-Shirt, my favourite fashion item according to Louise.

I’m still trying to master the shot of a path down a forest, still not being able to match a photo to what is in my mind.

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Forest Hut

Switzerland’s little forests are full of these huts, some of them are free for everyone to use for an afternoon of bbqing or the like. I’ve never done it myself but have been to a few organised by mates.

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Forgotten Something

The other day I went out for a walk with Louise and Max and while wandering around the countryside just outside our backdoor I was taking a few shots with my Fuji X-T1. I normally don’t preview my photos much these days in particular with the Fuji as it flashes the image briefly in the viewfinder just after the shutter is released, at least it appears to. Only once I took a photo of a horse that I wanted to check if it was in focus did I realise that I’d forgotten to put the SD card back into the camera. It seems the Fuji only warns you about no card when you turn it on. I never look at the screen when I turn it on.

Here’s a photo I took several weeks ago in the same area to make up for the mishap from the other day.

 

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End of Harvest

I just noticed that I have over a thousand spam comments on my blog. Where does the idea of spamming blogs come from? It doesn’t make much sense to me. I do know that  when I started this blog I had to go through and mark them all as spam. I added the plugin called akismet to deal with it, now they just get automatically marked as spam and I don’t even notice they’re there anymore.

Most of the wheat and grass fields in Switzerland have been harvested so the landscape is dotted with patches of brown.

 

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Hendricks Gin

In the right setting and lighting, even rather simple subjects can be made to look interesting.

I must admit I don’t really drink very much, but on the odd occasion it helps, I guess killing a few brain cells is useful once in a while. Especially when they seem to be fighting up there with one another. Reading that sentence makes me wonder whether or not I am in any form of control at the moment…

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