Category Archives: Photography

Port Lympne Safari Park

Over the Easter weekend, my family, Hayley & I visited the Port Lympne Safari Park. It was partly an excuse to take lots of photos, and partly a nice day out.

All of these images were taken with my dads Sigma 100-300mm lens. It’s an alright lens but having inspected it closely, I’m not happy with the sharpness. Regardless, the photos came out alright and I’m relatively happy with my first extended use of a long lens.

It’s hard to get really good photos as a zoo because the scenarios you can capture photos are ether from the other side of a wire fence or on a moving truck. These are the best of the ~600 or so images I took. 1

 


  1. I’m still getting to grips with editing a large number of images with Lightroom. Excuse the colours. 

Lower Halstow

There’s plenty of nice places for walks near where I live, and most of them seem to be near the Rover Medway river or the sea. I’m sure we’ll get around to visiting all of them, but in the mean time, here’s some photos of Lower Halstow that I forgot I took a couple months ago.

Monochrome Whitstable

We went on a little walk to Whitstable today. We’ve gone there numerous times and, typically, the tide is in and the light is nice.

However, the tide was out today, and light was crap, so the resulting photos looked better in black & white. Enjoy 🙂

Disneyland Paris – December 2016

There’s something immensely satisfying about the mechanical click of a proper camera, and the confidence it inspires.

Over the past decade, I’ve owned a couple DSLR’s (a Nikon D40, then Nikon D200), and at one point had 3 lenses. I absolutely loved those times, but I ultimately sold it all and bought a slew of capable, but less satisfying point and shoots. I owned a Canon G12, then a Fuji X100 for a week, and then a Fuji X100s, which I still have, but have essentially given it to my fiancé, Hayley.

I ultimately miss the process of photography, so in an effort to diversify my working life, I purchased a Nikon D500 and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8. (I figured if I were to at some point earn money from photography in some way, I’d need quality gear).

Last week, we took a little holiday to Disneyland Paris; our fourth time in two years. It seems like an ideal opportunity to take the camera out for a couple of our five day trip and really learn how a DSLR works all over again.

So much has changed since I last owned a DSLR, with the D200 being released 11 years ago, and what they’re now capable of now is not something I was prepared for. I will write a post in the future about the process and thoughts I went through in deciding to get the body I did, but suffice to say the ISO performance of modern sensors has let me keep so many more photos than I’d have imagined possible.

I’m also still learning how Adobe Lightroom works, and I imagine it’ll take me some time to get the editing process nailed. These images are simply edited to better reflect what I saw with my eyes.

One last thing… Before we jump into the photos, remember to pop over to Hayley’s two posts for more photos, with a little story.

Now, onto the photos. Click to enlarge.

Here’s a bonus video from the Studio Tram Tour.

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