After quite a few years of photographing with my trusty Nikon D5300, this week I took the plunge to spend some money (that I possibly shouldn’t have – but hey) on the new Nikon D500. I’ve been doing some live music photos and some sport and this camera is supposed to be excellent for high shutter rate and dealing with low light.
I’ve yet to test it in low light but today I tried it out on the kite surfers at St Mary’s Bay in Kent. The camera performed excellently… Now to bring the user up to speed 🙂
Whilst ridiculed by close family and friends as being an extremely unsocial being, I have decided that I really do enjoy taking photos of people. And, many years working in an all boys comprehensive more than prepared me for the antics of the lads training for Hollington amateur football club.
It was quite a hike to the top of the Lewes Downs to witness the parascending at Mount Caburn which, compared to the trouble I’ve had getting these images to resemble the beauty we witnessed up there, all recollects as rather effortless now.
Some snaps (they were quickly taken) from the local camera club visit to Source Skate Park. I like the way the lines of the metal pipes and the patterns on the plywood create graphical backdrops for the riders.
I assume there will come a day when depth of field becomes a controlled variable rather than pot luck. This image was taken from a close point of view – about 18 inches from the main subject which was as close as my Nikon 18-55 would allow me to get whilst maintaining auto-focus. How focused would I want the background bicycles to be? And what about the focus on the pebbles? I hope with practice, these variables will become purposeful.
Firstly, I have to say how much more relaxing it was to photograph rather than compete in the annual Bexhill Lions Triathlon this year. It’s a great event where everyone has a good time with friendly people and… It raises money for a worthy charity. Secondly, as some of these images are slightly more interesting in black and white, they have given me an entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness
I’ve done quite a bit of photography on film this week, and providing the black and white one develops successfully, my entry next week should be analogue rather than digital.
The consequence of taking the old analogue Fujica out this week is that I don’t have such a wide range of digital shots to choose from for this weeks entry to Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenge. These pictures of the river Medway at Yalding were taken last weekend on our travels.