Title: Beech Tones
Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: Copper tones and turning leaves in Swan Wood.
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November has been an incredibly busy month for pictures and trips. The first photographic outing of the month was to see Fantastic Fireworks at Billericay. We got a great spot across the water so the reflections were even more spectacular than usual. I think I did a better job than last time, in 2011.
A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.
The next week, I went on a Nature Study Day at Copped Hall run by Peter Warne. It was very enjoyable but the weather was less than kind – the drizzle was pretty awful by the end of the day! Waterproof trousers were a must, and I still got some decent shots.
I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.
The next day however, there was some fab autumn light during my Mersea Meander. It was bitterly cold and my fingers barely survived, but the sunshine was most welcome.
Alistair came to stay for a while mid-month, and we took an evening walk along the Thames on our way to meet friends for a birthday dinner. The bridges at night looked spectacular.
We had a few dull days, but eventually we made the most of the sunshine by taking a trip to Epping Forest for some Autumn colour. Alistair also helped me out with my lastest Face Down Tuesday – Autumn Colour Edition.
Another day we went for a walk into Chelmsford and passed the Graffiti wall again. It’s always good to take a look to see what’s changed since last time:
As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:
I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:
The last photography outing of the month was back to my Monthly location of Sandford Mill Footbridge, this time with some lightpainting tools to have a play. I got a few good shots before the cold got the better of me! I’ll have to revisit again soon with thicker gloves, perhaps.
I have managed several more 50@50 images this month too: #44 at Hylands Park, #45 at Southend-on-Sea, #46 in West Mersea, #47 in Bath. And of course I decided to participate in MoNovember again this year, having done it first in 2011 and then 2012. I was pretty pleased with the results over the month.
Title: Backbone Of A Leaf
Location: Thriftwood, Bicknacre
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM
Notes: I enjoyed a stroll in Thriftwood this morning, looking for some geocaches and making pictures of the autumnal scenes. This group of leaves caught my attention because of the while mildew growing on them, highlighting their structure.
I’ve had my original Canon 50mm EF 1.8 lens since I got my first film SLR back in 1990. It’s been a stalwart since then, but it was beginning to look rather long in the tooth – although still solidly built, it had a very old focus mechanism which tended to hunt about in low light or with 12mm extension tubes fitted. It was also very noisy.
I decided to upgrade recently. I would have loved the 50mm EF f/1.2 L USM but that really is silly money… So I settled for the more reasonably-priced 50mm EF 1.4 USM. It’s still faster, quieter and more accurate than the old model!
It arrived while I was away in Florida, and on my return we were treated to 3″ of snow – so its first few outings were in the cold weather to grab some test shots.
Then I took it on two successive weekend street photography shoots in London – Brick Lane and Portobello Road. Both times I used it exclusively and it proved to be an excellent lens for the street genre.
Today I took it out for another spin and made this image for Day #1520.
I’m looking forward to using it a lot over the coming months, especially as I’m attempting Flickr’s 50 days of 50mm challenge this year. With this cracker in my arsenal, it should be no hardship!