Post No. – 15 Sunshine at Last

After the worst start to the summer I can remember we have at last had several days of cloudless skies and unbroken sunshine.  I have taken full advantage of this by spending the last few afternoons walking the banks of the River Thames and I am now in the position to post some new images I have made.

Marlow on a Quiet Afternoon in the Sunshine

Marlow Bridge and the spire of All Saints Church at its best in brilliant afternoon sunshine.   I was surprised however at how quiet the river bank was for such a beautiful day, I didn’t even have to queue for an ice cream.  Even the river had few boats cruising through.

Exif.

Date:   24.07.2012  Time: 16:38:35   Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/10.0   Shutter Speed:   1/320   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   35.0 mm

All Saints – Bisham bathed in Sunshine

This wonderful riverside church is one of my favourite locations, which together with Marlow Bridge and All Saints Church – Marlow I have photograph on many occasions.  This is due to the fact that there are frequent changes in light conditions, affected by both the weather and the seasons, creating a different picture each time.

All Saints Church Bisham has a magnificent Norman Tower dating back to 1175.  The remainder of the church is as a result of a Victorian restoration in 1849.  This church has quite a history, details of which can be found at Royal Berkshire History .  The tower is constructed of white stone, possibly chalk, which seems to “light up” in bright sunshine to give the brilliance that can be seen in the above image.  This has its own problems though as the photographer has to set up the camera to capture the brilliant white and at the same time avoid burn out.

Exif.

Date:   24.07.2012  Time: 18:16:56    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/11.0  Shutter Speed:   1/250   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   32.00 mm

Demoiselle

This little fellow is I believe a Demoiselle, which is a member of the dragonfly family.  They can be seen often at this time of year in large numbers, attracted to the riverside vegetation.  I particularly like their turquoise colouring.

Exif.

Date:   24.07.2012  Time: 16.51.28    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/7.1   Shutter Speed:   1/250   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   200.0 mm

Moorhen on Watch

I spotted this moorhen at the edge of thick vegetation at Temple Lock, seemingly interested in what was going on around her.  Go to the next image and all will become apparent.

Exif.

Date:   24.07.2012  Time: 17:23:26   Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/5.6   Shutter Speed:   1/250   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   140.0 mm

An Afternoon Stroll at Temple Lock

Seeing that there was no immanent danger she decided to take her young for an afternoon stroll.

Exif.

Date:   13.06.2012  Time: 17:31:21   Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/9.0   Shutter Speed:   1/250  ISO:  100   Focal Length:   170.0 mm

 Marlow Panorama

This panorama was made by stitching two images together.  As already said this is one of my favourite locations.  I like this version particularly as it was taken in early evening light giving shadows that add to the depth of the image.

Exif.

Date:   123:07:2012   Time: 18:11:41    Camera:   Canon EOS 30D   Lens:   Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Aperture:   f/9.0   Shutter Speed:   1/320   ISO:  100   Focal Length:   70.0 mm

I am off to West Cornwall tomorrow for a few days.  I shall be based in the stunningly beautiful fishing village of Mousehole and plan to spend my time photographing coastal landscapes and  remnants of Cornish Tin Mining.   So next week I hope to be able to publish some of the results of this trip.

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