Monthly Archives: August 2011

Chelmsford Photowalk #32

Posted by Caz on Monday, 29th August 2011

I haven’t been able to get along to a Chelmsford Photowalk since May, but this month we decided we would visit Mangapps Railway Museum near Southminster. Anything to do with steam trains and I’m there, so I was glad to go along.

As well as the usual steam and deisel running, there was also a model railway exhibition on in one of the sheds, which provided some entertainment during the heavy showers which peppered the afternoon. The sun came out too, providing some great light against dark moody clouds, so it wasn’t all bad!

Ten Days In Newcastle

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 24th August 2011

After my week in Leeds and Yorkshire, I ventured further north to Newcastle for another stretch away from home. The first weekend was spent at a very enjoyable BarCamp NorthEast4.

Alistair and I spent the rest of the week visiting various places with our cameras, and doing some geocaching. This included the Quayside, Tynemouth, the Wylam Valley, South Shields, Penshaw and a photowalk with the NPW folks.

I enjoyed using my new wide angle lens – and was very glad of it towards the end of the trip when my work-horse 24-105mm lens started playing up. I think it will need a trip to the menders now – which could prove costly, since it’s over 3 years old and out of warranty.

Here are my best pictures from the trip.

A Week In Yorkshire

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 13th August 2011

I spent a very enjoyable week in Leeds at the beginning of August, staying with friends Tim & Carolyn. The first weekend was for the Leeds Hack2 event which we all attended.

The rest of the time was spent doing a little bit of work (boo!) and visiting York a couple of times, to see the National Railway Museum, walk the walls, find nice teashops and do some geocaching.

The weather wasn’t always kind to me, but I did have a good trip. Then it was off to Newcastle for the next stage in my Northern Odyssey.

Open Wide(er)

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011

It’s been over 3 years since I bought my Canon 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM lens. In that time, I’ve still kept hold of the 17-85mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM it replaced, but I haven’t used the wider lens very much compared to the 24-105, which is my everyday lens and gives better image quality.

Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM

Canon 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM

However, recently I’ve been craving a wider angle of view so had done some investigation on the options for wide/ultra-wide on the EOS 7D cropped sensor body. The wise money said Sigma 10-20 EF f/4-5.6 (which is cheaper but slower) or Canon’s own 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM [right].

I vowed a while back not to buy any 3rd-party lenses (after a disappointing flirt with a Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens about 5 years ago). But I also vowed not to buy any EF-S lenses if I could help it – for future-proofing if I ever do get a full frame DSLR. What to do?

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In the end, I figured that it will be some time (if ever) that I get the opportunity of a full frame body, so the Canon EF-S won out. Having read reviews and borrowed a friend’s lens for a few days to play with, I was convinced this was the right option. It arrived this morning! So I was eager to get out and about to give it a proper test run. I started off at Paper Mill Lock and then headed to Maldon for some early evening shots as the sun was setting, but I got there just in time to make a few shots.

From this brief outing, I’m pretty impressed with the lens. The trick is to get some interesting foreground to act as a lead-in for the rest of the picture, otherwise everything just looks too far away. But it’s equally at home shooting distance or close ups. My favourite from the shoot made it as Day #1310.

Wyvenhoe And Friends

Wyvenhoe And Friends

Starway Stairway

Starway Stairway

Two Pulleys

Two Pulleys

Trinity House Buoy

Trinity House Buoy