Sunday, 28 August 2011

Hatfield forest

The guy who helped me discover I had a passion for photography was kind enough to drive me to Hatfield forest.  It was a fantastic day, as we were taking pictures of butterflies, 2 deer were chasing each other right near us.  After they noticed us, unfortunately they ran away.  After that, without hesitation we both decided to try and find the deer and take photos of them.  Regrettably we had little success, the only picture I had managed to take was this one, shown left.  A very poor picture by any means, I will not hide behind that fact, but from a sentimental point of view, I quite like the picture, as it reminds me of how we got so close to the deer when they were unaware of our presence.

The day was sunny and warm, perfect for seeing many butterflies among other insects.  I was complimented on my ability to spot butterflies, as well as the deer hiding in the forest.  Below are some of my butterfly pictures, I hope you like them.  My sister loves butterflies and likes my pictures so much, she had them printed off and they are on her wall along with other butterfly pictures.  These pictures will be added to my Photobucket soon along with other pictures.

 I would like to visit Hatfield forest again, maybe next spring.  I would recommend to anyone who likes the outdoors or photography to visit there, and invite me along!

Find the grasshopper!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Kew Gardens

View of Kew Gardens,
View of Kew Gardens, with the
Pagoda in the middle. 
I will apologise in advance for a lack of writing.  I had spent the best part of 2 evenings writing a long blog with many pictures.  Unfortunately goodly chrome decided to crash, when I refreshed the page, everything had gone, and then it saved, as it does automatically.  I don't want to spend another few hours writing and re arranging everything.  I have decided to load everything on to Photobucket and give a more brief account of the day. Click to enlarge any pictures.

The Temperate House
The 18 metre high treetop climb
Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.  I spent most of the day there and looked around just over half of the attractions.  The one attraction I wanted to visit the most was the temperate house, shown right, unfortunately it was closed that day.  However, Palm house was open. It was very damp and humid in there, but the variety of different species of plants and the colours of them were spectacular.

The Palm house was one of the highlights of the day, it even had a balcony along the perimeter of the building, so you could look at the plants at a different angle.  Beneath the Palm House was another room which contained fish.  I had no idea that there were fish at Kew gardens, the room was refreshing after the humidity of the Palm house.  There were several fish tanks containing fish, which are shown on the link at the end of the page.

Another highlight of the day was the 18 metre high treetop climb.  As someone who is petrified of heights, it was terrifying, but it was something I wanted to do, to help with my fears.  When I dared to look over the edge the views were fantastic.  There was a total of 118 steps to climb and it was 200 metres in length.

To see some of my pictures from Kew gardens, then click here.
Please look through the pictures, I took over 450 in total, there are only 32 pictures on the link and share, I would be so grateful!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The story of my photography

Fujifilm Finepix S2500 HD
As stated in my previous blog, I described my camera as not being a proper photography camera.  I own a Fujifilm Finepix S2500 HD (shown right).  The camera is a great beginners camera with an eighteen times zoom and 12.2mp resolution. Impressive for a camera that is not a DSLR, I admit.  I am able to take good photos for a fraction of a cost of a DSLR camera. However, in the future I would like to own a better camera, to take even better pictures.  This camera is good value for money and I am glad I purchased it. describe the camera as a ''good low-light performer''.  However, this comes at a cost, the camera struggles with day light, especially on a bright day, pictures turn out blurry and hazy. I had this problem at Netteswell pond and with the weather in the U.K being unpredictable, it is difficult to have a whole day that is the optimum weather for taking pictures with this particular camera.

Dobb's weir

I first started photography using a digital camera, at the time, I had no money to afford a better camera.  The camera was a Samsung ES15 which had 10.2mp and 3 times zoom.  I had always enjoyed taking pictures when out with friends and family, however it never occurred to me to take pictures outside of wildlife.  

After not achieving good results in my first year of A-levels, I started A-levels again but with different subjects, one of which being Environmental Science.  Which is where I met a friend of mine who also does photography. Seeing his pictures and camera, made me think about taking pictures of wildlife myself, he recommended that I bought a beginners photography camera.  

Dobb's Weir

I experimented using my Samsung camera, which is not designed for photography purposes, some of the better pictures are shown to the left.  After enjoying photography using a basic digital camera, I wanted to improve my photography skill by purchasing a better camera. After saving up money, I was able to buy the camera that I use today and I have noticed a dramatic difference between the pictures on my old camera to those on my new camera. 

The Palace of Westminster (houses of Parliament)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Netteswell Pond, Harlow and an insight to my photography

Blackberries, Netteswell pond
Netteswell Pond
As a person who likes to draw, and enjoys being outdoors, photography is a great way of  combining my creativity with the outdoors.  The best things about taking photos at Netteswell pond, are that it is only 5-10 minutes away from where I live and it is usually quiet.  The day had begun overcast with showers, but the sun came out in the later afternoon, and thus being able to seize the opportunity to take some pictures.  I had taken pictures once before at Netteswell pond during the spring of this year with great success, gaining pictures of dragonflies as well as ducks.

As this time I visited Netteswell pond during the Summer (feeling rather more like Autumn), there were less species of ducks and plants to take pictures of.  However, due to the afternoon being sunny, it was a perfect day to take pictures of scenery, as shown right.  Also blackberries have just come into season (July - November) and I was able to get a good picture of some, as shown above (unedited).   

Flowers, Netteswell pond

Having never studied photography at college, nor having a good camera and a lack of Photoshop, it is difficult to take good pictures that compare to those who have the knowledge on how to take a superb picture, using better equipment and being able to edit using, arguably, the best photo editing software there is on the market.  I am very passionate about my photography, as I am with my drawing. Both my drawing and photography are inferior compared to many people's work, but I think the main thing from a hobby is enjoyment.  I hope in years to come, I will travel to more of the United Kingdom and take many more pictures, hopefully with a better camera too!

Water droplets from the earlier rain, Netteswell pond