18 Jan 2016

My weekend

I've been wanting to use my new camera outside ever since I got it at Christmas and I had the opportunity to take a walk on both Saturday and Sunday.  My aim is to take better photos of birds so starting with something easy such as water birds I went to the river and local reservoir. In the end I got a few shots, which I'll share another time, but I'm going to have to get used to the zoom.   Everything else is on automatic mode. I got some advice on this particular camera and it's reassuring to see that a little icon changes according to use and light conditions, even macro. However, I still prefer my old camera as it feels more robust and I think it produces truer colours. I shall use this one when we travel. Here is a photo record of my weekend as I went out and about.

SATURDAY MORNING




snow on the moors


ice on the roads


sunshine


St. Nicholas' Church, High Bradfield - one of the high points in the area and usually mentioned on the regional weather forecast when there are high winds.


Low Bradfield


I usually pop into the village stores and post office to get one or two hand made greetings cards with scenes of the local area.  The village store also has a small eating area.


A  local dairy farm's van delivering milk and other 'My Cow Molly' dairy products is a familiar sight.


I've shared photos before of the daffodils along a local lane, but not so early in the year.


Members of the rowing club based at the reservoir were out on the water.

SUNDAY MORNING


Sunrise.  Snow had fallen on Saturday evening and settled.



The view from the back bedroom window.


Later, after some of the snow had melted on the pavements I went for a walk in our neighbourhood.




The rhododendron in the churchyard always seems to be in bloom. It's in a spot near the side of the church and sheltered by the wall and the mature trees.


The first snowdrops in our front garden.


I hope you had a good weekend.  What did you do?  Did you have good weather?
I look forward to speaking to you soon,
Linda :)


37 comments:

  1. I love your snowy photos and imagine a rhododendron being in full flower in the middle of January.
    I think that it takes time for you to get used to a new camera, stick with it, I love mine.

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    1. I'm sure I shall enjoy using the camera once I get used to it. At the moment it feels so light and small in my hands, but that's an advantage because we travel to Italy only with hand luggage and need to keep down bulk and weight. At least I don't have to fiddle with the settings on automatic as the settings wheel is quite small and stiff. That rhododendron is amazing. I imagine it's very old. The churchyard is well cared for by volunteers.

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  2. Some great photos and it will get better as you get used to the camera. Still no snow here, although to be fair I am rather pleased.

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure I'll get used to it and the better zoom will be useful. The snow has gone and I hope we don't get more. Pretty in pictures, but not good for anyone who has to go out daily.

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  3. It seems that at you is winter. Amazing However, the rhododendron blooms and come out already snowdrops. For me it is winter, but the snow a little. Regards.

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    1. I always look for the first snowdrops in our garden, but the flowers are appearing extremely early this year. I hope you're keeping warm this winter in Sosnowiec.

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  4. How beautiful to have a new camera to explore. I think your snowy pictures are delightful!!!x

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  5. It will take some time to get used to your new camera, that's always. I got a new camera last year and I thought ooh, I like using my old one much more. In the meantime I've learned and got used to the new one. Nice pictures by the way, I like the sunrise so much and the early snowdrop and the blooming on for ever Rhododendron.

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    1. Thank you for your visit Jenneke. It's good to hear from you. I've upgraded my camera several times over the years and the main thing is to keep taking photos and learning the skills of photography. That rhododendron seems a hardy specimen and the snowdrops coming into flower was quite a surprise :)

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  6. Dear Linda,

    Loved seeing all your wonderful photos of your outings over the weekend. The snowy pictures are magical and the little snow drop so sweet. Good luck with the camera - sometimes they take a little getting used to. I know my new one is like that - so complicated and often it is easier to use the iPhone.
    Have a lovely week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hello Carolyn. It's good to hear from you in sunny NZ. iPhones are easy to use and most of my family have them and take good, clear photos, but I haven't got one. I'll continue to persevere with learning how to get good results with my new camera :)

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  7. I like both sets of photos but the snowy ones are lovely and have a special light and clarity in them especially those of the village trees and churchyard. I like the sunrise too. Glad you were able to get out and about and try out your new camera:)

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    1. It was good to get out. I always appreciate the beautiful countryside around here. It must have been the snow that produced that special light :)

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  8. Beautiful pictures Linda!! You are obviously getting along well with your new camera and I am sure that as time goes on you will enjoy it even more. The pictures of the snow on Sunday are especially beautiful. Hope that you are staying warm! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy for your kind comments. We did have a problem with pressure going through the c/h radiators, but all sorted now. Hope you keeping warm yourself :)

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  9. Linda, your photo's are lovely but I particularly like the Sunday snaps of the snow, beautiful.

    Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana. Snowy scenes are pretty. Sometimes we get snowed in because of our hilly neighbourhood. I was thankful that the snow was not deep or paths icy and we could get out and about on Sunday.

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  10. We had snow too, it was quite a shock as it hadn't been forecast. It didn't hang around long though, thank goodness. I think new cameras take some getting used to, don't they? You've taken some lovely photos though so you look to be doing well so far. I'm just debating buying a new camera myself. I have my dslr but a long zoom lens for it is really expensive and we bought Eleanor a bridge camera with a 60X zoom which is really good so I'm looking at getting one for myself now. I always find photographing wildlife quite a challenge, you do have to have quite a bit of patience which I don't seem to have.

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    1. It can be a challenge getting used to new technology, which always seems to be changing! I haven't got an iPhone, for example. Our grandson bought me a tablet so that I could talk to his brother when he was in Australia via Skype, which is convenient for taking out with me, but I prefer my office laptop for writing etc. Wow, a 60X zoom! Mine is 20X and it's useful, but I'm finding it difficult to get it to focus as it's quite slow in extending and then returning back to it's original position for another normal shot. As you say, photographing wildlife is a challenge and you have to be patient. On Saturday my hands got very cold and I had limited time because my ever- patient Mr. P. was sitting and waiting for me!

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  11. Wonderful photos, Linda! There's so much beauty in your surroundings and in you country in general. The snowdrops in your garden are really pretty. Have a lovely week! xx

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    1. Thank you Sara. We're blessed because of the beautiful countryside on our doorstep.

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  12. when i get a new camera it always takes better photos the more i use it, we have to get use to how it works, they all seem to be different.. i love the stone walls, but then you know that. and it looks like the camera was working well for me

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    1. As you found out recently there are all sorts of functions on a camera to explore. I've just found some more on mine! Dry stone walls are everywhere in our area so you'll see them in many of my photos!

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  13. I would say your new camera takes very nice photos. Oh my goodness, those daffodils are definitely early. Love seeing your beautiful surroundings. My weekend was getting caught up on things at home after being sick and then not babysitting for the little guy. It was nice to have some time. Hugs!!!!

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    1. I'm glad you're feeling better and you were able to have some time to catch up at home this last weekend.

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  14. So many flowers out in |January and then it snows on them! Lovely photos and I'm sure you'll soon get used to the new camera with practice.

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    1. Thankfully the snow has melted now, which is a relief.

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  15. Those daffodils and snowdrops are certainly out early. I just loved all the snowy shots, snow is utterly transforming isn't it? It's cold here but no snow yet, so I'm rather envious of yours. That new camera is doing a great job, it's always tricksy adapting to a new model though. I'm having the same issues with my new zoom lens.xxx

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    1. Snow does look pretty, but a light sprinkling is fine and enough when we have weeks to go before we have warmer weather. All the best with your new camera!

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  16. Very pretty area you live in Linda. And seeing the first flowers was a treat. Great photos with your new camera. Have fun with it :)

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    1. Thank you Denise. We do live in a lovely area and I'm looking forward to getting out and about this year and taking more photos!

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  17. Tot ha tornat a la "normalitat" enrera han quedat els dies de celebracions que estan ja gravats en els nostres pensaments i que recordarem amb afecte cada vegada que pensem en ells i en tots els esdeveniments viscuts en aquests dies.
    "La vida és allò que et va succeint mentre t'entestes a fer altres plans." John Lennon.
    Feliç setmana. Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Julia. All the best.

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  18. Beautiful Linda! How I miss the Peak District!

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    1. Thank you Shirley. I can understand why you miss the Peak District. I love the mountains, the moors, rivers and the history of the county. You now live in another beautiful county. All the best to you and your family :)

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  19. My goodness, you have some postcard shots here!

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