Nick has had Ted in the garden today and he has been a very busy puppy, so much so that he has fell asleep on Nicks camera, basically he is knackered tonight 🙂 Yeeeaaay 🙂
This beautiful church has always proved a difficult image for me to capture under the correct light conditions especially as this particular elevation faces North!
I also captured an image of this church in March 2004 click and I have to say that it appears the spire of the church is starting to show signs of deterioration and age, however I totally understand the massive cost of maintaining such a beautiful church, especially with shrinking congregations!
We have had Ted now for just over a week and what a week it’s been with him, Ted’s first few nights were spent howling through the night as he was missing his mummy 🙁 however Nicky bought him a hot water bottle and a igloo bed which helped him feel secure and safe and stopped Ted howling 🙂
Ted has learnt so much this week, especially how to climb the stairs, knowing full well that someone will have to go up and get him and he has taken to barking as well! Especially when Nick goes to feed him.
He is such a charachter and we cannot wait to get out with him when he has had his final injections 🙂 – (click any of the images for a bigger piccie).
Douglas Corporation Horse Trams are now in their 145th year of operation.
It is universally acknowledged that they are the oldest operating horse drawn tramway system in the world.
These three images depict an open topped single decked tram, a covered single decked tram and the unique double decked horse tram – (click images for larger view).
Captured these guys dancing near to the War Memorial on Douglas Promenade today, there was a few groups dancing which was all part of the Yn Chruinnaght Programme for 2011 – (click image for larger view).
The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 32mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
This beautiful building was once owned by Henry Bloom Noble and was bought by Douglas Corporation in 1910 for the sum of £60,000.
The Villa Marina Royal Hall and Gardens were opened in the the summer of 1913 – (click image for larger view).
The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 20mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Well what a week at work, I have been so busy that I have not had chance to get out in the evening for a walk and of course to take some images for the website 🙁
Hopefully now the weekend is here and as I am typing this, the sun is shining so were hoping to get to Yn Cruniaght this afternoon 🙂
Ted has been absolutely fantastic yesterday and today, apart from howling though the early hous of this morning (Sat 16 July 2011).
He has been so funny today, we think that he thinks he is a little spring lamb because he runs and jumps quite regularly like a new spring lamb.
Up to now he is fantastic and loves to play and is so affectionate as well, he has spent quite a bit of his day sleeping as well, it’s obviously been all too much for him 🙂
Here are a few piccies taken today of him 🙂
On Thursday 14th July Nicky and I popped over to Blackpool to pick up this little fella 🙂 His name is Ted and he is an eight week old Border Terrier Pup.
The reason we named him Ted is because we recently met a gentleman out walking his Border Terrier which was called Ted, he was gorgeous and really prompted us to get this little fella, ironically when we eventually found our new puppy his Dad was also called Ted, so we thought it was just right to call our new puppy Ted. (Hope that makes sense)!
Here are a few pictures of him, and I will add some more as time goes by 🙂
Captured this image of the flagship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s, Ben My Chree whist She was berthed in Douglas Harbour this morning (14/7/11) I was on board the Steam Packet’s fast Craft Manannan which was just about to leave for Liverpool – (click image for larger view).
The image was taken on my digital compact Nikon S3000 camera.
Spotted this beautiful Cruise Ship ‘Marina’ berthed just off the Tower of Refuge in Douglas Bay this afternoon (12/7/11) – (click image for larger view).
The ship, according to its website was put into service in January 2011, Gross Tonnage = 65,000 tonnes, Passengers = 1,258, Passenger Decks = 11, Length = 774ft (236m), Max Beam (width) = 105ft (32m), Draft = 24ft (7.3m), Cruising Speed = 20 knots (37km/h).
The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 120mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
My Present Cameras and Kit
A lot of people ask me what cameras and lenses I have so I thought I would add as section to my blog showing you what kit I own and my views on them!
Christmas 2011 and I received this little Fuji X10 Retro Digital Camera which I have been using for the last month or so and I am very impressed with the results!
Here are a few of the fantastic features that this little X10 has to offer;
4x manual optical zoom featuring Fujifilm’s new Intelligent Digital Zoom technology that doubles telephoto capabilities and provides up to 8x zoom.
Fast power start-up; the X10 is fully ready to shoot in approximately 0.8 seconds using the on/off power switch built into the lens ring (must be in Quick Start mode).
High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8” 460K dot high contrast LCD screen that provides excellent viewing even outdoors and in bright sunlight. Diverse manual shooting modes that can be selected according to scene type (Program / Aperture
Priority / Shutter Speed Priority / Manual).
Four diverse auto bracketing functions for exposure, ISO sensitivity, dynamic range and film simulation RAW shooting and in-camera RAW processing (SilkyPix RAW conversion software supplied in-box).
Best-in-class3 1080p Full HD movie recording capabilities.
Film Simulation Modes (eight setting are available, including Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA).
Manual pop-up flash with a range of 7 meters (approximately 23 feet).
Electronic horizon leveling gauge to ensure that the camera is being held level, and histogram display to check image gradation and a Motion Panorama 360° for seamless 360-degree panoramic shooting
My Nikon D80 DSLR
My main Camera is a Nikon D80 DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera with a D80 double battery grip that allows shutter use in landscape and portrait mode, the battery grip excepts 2 x Nikon batteries which when fully charhed will last for days of constant use, the DSLR provides me with a lot of highly functional features and it is a lovely camera to use. The lens which spends most time on the camera is an Nikon 18-135mm F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX IFED lens with a lens hood, I also own a Nikon D70 DSLR camera and that one was my first introduction into DSLR cameras, I don’t really use this camera too much now but bring it out for special occasions!
At present I have the following DSLR lenses which provide a variety of differing varieties of photography scenarios;
My Present Lenses
- Nikon 18-70mm ED Kit Lens (fantastic all round lens).
- Sigma 70-300mm APOms Lens (great zoom capability with a great macro ability as well).
- Sigma 105mm DG EX Macro Sigma Lens (nothing can beat this lens for its macro capability).
- Sigma 18-200 F3.5 – 6.3 DC lens (another great all round lens that stays attached to my D70 most of the time).
- Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX IFED
- Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX IFED (this one has just been bought (July 2012) and is stuck to the D80 at the moment).
Nikon Speedlight SB 800
I have a Nikon Speedlight SB 800 flash system which really is a must if you intend to take images in difficult light conditions i.e. Wedding Photography, Portraiture Photography and christenings etc.
My Manfrotto PRO B Tripod and Manfrotto 322 Grip Action Ball Head
My Lowepro AW Mini Trekker and my Billingham 335 Canvas Bag
A camera bag is an accessory which is often ignored yet provides fantastic benefits to its users. The main function of a camera bag is to protect your camera from external aspects such as the extreme heat of the sun, rainfall, dust, and most importantly scratches. Moreover, a camera bag safeguards your camera from the possibility to incur heavy damage if you accidentally knock into something or when the camera has been by chance dropped 🙂