For 20 years i’ve been making journeys along this historic road and never really stopped to take much notice. This morning I was on an early trip around sunrise and couldn’t resist stoping to take some shots with the mist rolling over the hills and the dew still on the ground. You can see Silbury hill in some and some of the barrows in others.
It was a changeable day with many clouds and occasionally some sun. All these photos from this and my previous post were taken within the same 2 hour period- but because of the wind and clouds and in/out sun the results we often very different from one minute to the next. This means I had to keep on my toes with the settings to make sure they weren’t over or under exposed. The kids had the best time as it was warm and windy and a very empty beach so it was so open and free. I think it was empty because we got there about 9.30am and most families don’t arrive until about 11am it seems.
Photographing in low light conditions is always a challenge. In Bills Cafe in Bury St. Edmonds the light was low but the atmosphere was lovely. The decor I thought was an interesting mixture of modern factory chic and old style. I have to say it had the best strawberry milkshake I’ve ever tasted.
After much deliberation and cogitation over a new Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens or a new Nikkor 28mm 1.8 lens….. I decided to go for the 28 to give me that extra 7mm wide angle and differentiation from my light and most often used 50mm. The extra cost, weight, bulk, similarity and reported back focusing issues/poor quality control all counted against the Sigma. I like the idea of the 1.4 and a 35mm but would I lug it about as an everyday lens when the 50 is much lighter…
So now I have a 28mm what sort of images can I get? The images on this page were created in the first weekend of owning the new lens.
Reportage: Many photographers used to use the 35mm or slightly less common 28mm to do photojournalism where the subject and surroundings can be captured in one shot. Maybe this shot is a bit too “real”?
Multiple people in one frame – I seldom got this with the 50mm and certainly not the 85 or 105mm.
Interesting perspective close ups
More normal perspective close-up portraits:
Single person portraits with more context:
I usually prefer to take photos on nice sunny days but there haven’t been many recently and funnily enough certainly not on the weekends! But to show we can get nice photos on a gloomy day here are some from one gloomy day the previous weekend….