Green Leaves

Just leafing through some old photos (couldn’t resist that!) I came across these two photos of green leaves, taken at different times and places.

The top one was a hand held macro (Canon EOS 450D, 100mm macro, 1/200s f/4.5) taken on a spring day. I liked the way the bud is unfurling in front of the single leaf.

The one below is one of my favourites. Also from the 450D, but using a “nifty fifty” 50 mm lens. The shape of the leaf, in a background of soft green light caught my eye. The water drop was just a bonus! It’s been re-edited here, but I have used it before in a “Green Things” post.

One thought – you don’t need a state of the art camera to take reasonable photos!

This post is one for Bren Ryan’s “Photo for the Week – 19 – Leaves” challenge.

 

 

 

 

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A close up shot of a green leaf in spring time
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Mountains

 

These photos are from our recent trip to Switzerland. Of course it is hard, in Switzerland, to go anywhere without seeing mountains.

The top photo was taken at Vevey on the shore of Lake Geneva. Every time we visited the lake I was reminded of the song “Smoke on the Water”. The view was always misty, with low cloud.

The photo below has such a peaceful atmosphere, I just enjoy it.

Both photos taken with the excellent Lunix TZ100. Unedited apart from minor levels adjustment.

In response to Bren Ryan’s Photo for The Week Challenge 17, Mountains.

Mountains near Saanen in the Gstaad area of Switzerland.
Mountains near Saanen in Switzerland.

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A pretty swan on the local lake.

Swan on the Lake – with a Photo Tip

Digging through some older photographs, I came across this one of a swan on the lake.

Spring and summer can often bring swans to the lake. They always make pretty sight, somehow very calming as they elegantly swim along.

Swan on the Lake – Photo Tip

Capturing the image can, however, be tricky. The reflection of the swan in the rippling water is great. in full colour it is very “busy” with all of the reflections in green water. Rather than take it to a full black and white image I like to desaturate the image until there is just a hint of the stronger colours left. Look at the swan’s beak.

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Sunrise in Leeds while on a business trip.

Sunrise in Leeds

Business trips are not always the best for catching good photos, though I have had a few good shots on work trips away. Here I had a hotel room with a balcony facing the right way. Though wintry and cool it was not cold enough to stop me catching this sunrise in Leeds.

At the end of October the timing of the sunrise is also great – no effort needed, simply get out of bed and take photos.

Sunrise in Leeds
The sunrise light is looking great on the autumn colours in some of the vegetation.

Sunrise in Leeds Photo Notes

The power of the phone camera! And a bit of Snapseed. These were all taken using night mode on a Huawei Mate 10 Pro. A little of cropping a tweaking in Snapseed brought them to life.

While the raw images from my TZ100 Or DSLR may arguably produce technically better images, which will make better prints, the Mate 10 delivers great shots, very quickly ready to use online.

Sunrise in Leeds - subtle colours looking behind the sunrise.
When taking a sunrise or sunset shot in cludy weather always looik to the other side of the sky. The colours in the clouds were subtle.

Location: Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel

The Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel is my normal choice of accommodation when up in Leeds. It is a very convenient hotel for local businesses, as well as a few local attrractions, and is only two miles from the Leeds Bradford International Airport.

With most of the modern conveniences one would expect from a modern hotel, the Brasserie has always delivered a good meal when I have been there. Certainly the best of the local hotels which I have tried.

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Boats in the Brighton Marina

Quick Stop Brighton

After another day trip to Robertsbridge, we decided not to waste the afternoon and drive back via the coastline. A bit of “interesting” driving through some country roads took us to Eastbourne. From there we took a drive along the south coast towards Brighton.

That was a pleasant drive, and we will definitely explore the area a bit more. next summer maybe?

Having only eaten a small lunch, food was calling. We spotted the Brighton Marina and decided to Explore.

Here are a couple of photos. It’s a marina, so plenty of boats in evidence.

Brighton Marina - plenty of food choices.
Many places to eat at the Brighton Marina.

And we did enjoy an excellent seafood meal at the Barracuda Brasserie chosen as it didn’t look “fast food” and we are not fast food fans. It was a beautiful afternoon / evening so we could sit and eat outside.

Four type of fish on a plate at Barracuda Brasserie, Brighton Marina
A fish dish of four different types of fish, enjoyed, shared between two of us

It’s easy to focus on overseas travel, but there are many local places to visit and explore, just a few hours drive away. We’ll definitely back this way in the not too distant future.

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A quick stop at Brighton Marina with a great seafood meal at the Barracuda Brasserie.
Sunset in the mountains - taken in Saanen, Switzerland.

Sunset in the Mountains

Scrambled vapour trails reflecting the sunset at Saanen in Switzerland.

In the mountains it is easy to forget, until you get there, that the sun effectively goes down behind the mountains well before the proper sunset. A few clouds or vapour trails, and a view down the valley can produce a pretty good sunset view.

Taken in Saanen, Switzerland using a Lumix TZ100.

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