I haven’t been to London for a while, so as the weather is warming up I thought it was time for a walk around the city. The plan was to head over to Parliament square and then maybe back along the South Bank or into the West End. I never really plan out my day, I just like to go with the flow.
Heading up to London on the train the clouds looked quite menacing, and I was hoping it didn’t rain as I had not brought a jacket with me. Oh well, can’t think of everything its bad enough choosing what camera gear to take.
On arrival at London Bridge station it was raining, not very heavy, but enough to seek shelter. After waiting about 15 minutes it had stopped so I headed to the Millennium Bridge crossing the River Thames towards St Pauls then turning left towards Victoria embankment.
We are quite fortunate with the weather at the moment, so I thought a day out to the seaside is well overdue, and a trip to the city of Brighton was just what I needed. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with always something happening, it’s also fairly busy especially at this time of the year. So I hopped on to a bus, as I don’t drive into the city now, it’s too damn expensive to park and public transport is easier.
I always head straight to the beach, usually, the West Pier is my first port of call as there is generally something of interest to photograph, and sure enough, there was.
It was a bit overcast and wet today, so I thought it would be ideal conditions for some images of the flowering shrubs and plants in my garden. So armed with the Olympus E-M1 and two lenses here are the results, I hope you enjoy the beauty of nature as I do at this time of year.
I travelled to the town of Tunbridge Wells in the county of Kent UK, or to give it its full title Royal Tunbridge Wells, after King Edward VII granted the town its regal title in 1909, due to popularity with the royal family over the years.
The town has some very fine buildings dating back to the early 17th century when the discovery of the spring opened its Spa waters at the Chalybeate Spring, hence the name wells.
Eridge railway station in the county of East Sussex in England is located on the branch line from Uckfield. This line serves a fairly rural community as it winds its way through the county of East Sussex before sneaking into Kent and then joining the East Grinstead line at Oxted in Surrey.
This was a planned trip to London to explore the city and capture some architecture, leaving home the sky looked quite promising with some light cloud. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas, on arrival the sky was dull grey and overcast, with no moving clouds, and pretty uninteresting. I am not a fan of flat dull sky, although great for macro photography, not great for the pictures that I had planned.
Just got hold of a Sony HX60 as I thought it would maybe make a good compact camera for carrying with me as an alternative to the RX100 MkII. Although I love the RX100 I just sometimes need a bit extra reach when I am out and about on a walk, and don’t want to carry the Olympus E-M1 and a couple of lenses. I remember back in the days of film cameras carrying a large bag of equipment especially on trips to France and Italy, how did I manage that weight I will never know.
So what does the HX60 give me against all of my other camera gear, well to start with a zoom lens that covers the 35mm equivalent of 24-722mm, that’s a 30x zoom lens in a very small package. Unfortunately, the lens is not very bright, with an f-stop of only 3.5 at the wide end, and 6.3 at the telephoto end. The other key point is no RAW capture, not that is a major issue, it’s just that I would prefer that to Jpeg only.
So how did it perform, well not that bad really, I used it with the FDA-EV1M electronic viewfinder that I use with the RX100 MkII, as I feel it gives the camera a bit more stability, especially on the telephoto end. I would also add that I used the lowest ISO setting of 80 where possible to get the best out of the camera, as I would expect that raising the ISO would result in increasing the luminance noise.
To test the camera I walked to Buxted Park not far from my home in the county of East Sussex in the UK.
A Dragonfly laying eggs in the water @493mm focal length
Here in the UK, we have been having a mini heatwave, well temperatures in the upper 20’s for a few days. So I thought it would be a good time to visit my nearest city Brighton, on the Sussex coast and have a wander along the seafront.
The first place I like to visit when I go to Brighton is the West Pier, it is now slowly crumbling into the sea, after every storm you see another section missing.
This walk was around Ashdown Forest, a place that was home to the author A. A. Milne who wrote the story of Winnie the Pooh. The Ashdown Forest is situated in the Weald of Sussex with the main London to Eastbourne Road (A22) cutting right through it.
My journey started from Gills Lap car park, situated just off the B2026 road that runs between Hartfield and Fairwarp. I have visited the forest all of my life and can always recall an Ice cream van was parked in this car park every time I was here, it’s funny how you remember the small things. Today though no van, probably due to it being a Thursday, and not a lot of customers from the dog walkers.
Leaving the car park heading north towards the memorial plaque for A. A. Milne and EH Shepherd, turning west toward the Lone Pine.