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The large stone in the wall in the bottom left of the image is known as the “Whipping Post” legend has it that it may have been used to tie the local vicars horse up too, however, its origin is more likely to be that it formed part of a semi-circle of similar stones associated with a pre-historic burial site.

The images was captured 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.

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St Peters Church - Church Road Onchan - © Peter Killey

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Standing on Dandy Hill in Port Erin on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon overlooking Port Erin Bay with Bradda Head and Milner Tower in the background.

The images was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 62mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Bradda Head Port Erin © Peter Killey

 

 

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A beautiful cold, crisp sunny winters Saturday afternoon on the Isle of Man and a typical Manxscene looking towards Peel Beach and Promenade from Peel Breakwater whilst having a cuppa tea from the kiosk on the Breakwater 🙂

The images was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 90mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Peel Promenade and Beach © Peter Killey

 

 

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This stone-built, Norse-Celtic chapel is dedicated to St. Michael and dating from around the 12th century.  It is now consists of just four walls and a bell turret. The chapel would have replaced a Celtic keeill which possibly goes back to the beginnings of Christianity in the Isle of Man several centuries earlier.  There was a graveyard associated with the early keeill which contained some very early lintel graves. The graveyard, of which no trace remains visible, was used until about 1870 for the burial of shipwrecked mariners and Roman Catholics.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 22mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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St Michael's Chapel © Peter Killey

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Nikon announced the new J1 and V1 cameras amidst a flurry of excitement spawned from months, if not years, of rumours and mysterious “giant hands” appearing around the world.

The Nikon J1 and V1 were finally revealed to a world with baited breath, featuring some pretty impressive specs in an extremely small body, along with a brand new “CX” format 10 million pixel sensor and new “1” mount, the company’s first new mount since 1959.

We spent some time with a pre-production sample of V1 to get the lowdown on Nikon’s camera, which it describes as belonging to a whole new category, the “ACIL” or “Advanced compact with interchangeable lenses”.

Designed from the ground up, Nikon claims that, unlike other compact system cameras on the market, this is not a compromise, but a complete system that has been designed for the best performance.

I really do like this camera and the Nikon V1 “C1” format.

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These tree statues are hauntingly situated in a field on the Sulby Glen Road and depict two chain saw sculptres from local chain saw artist Nick Barlow, “The Wizard” is about 12 feet high and “The Angel” measures about the 10 feet.

Certainly worth taking a look if your down that way 🙂

The images was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Whilst out and about today I captured this image of Kirk Braddan new Cemetery on the Braddan Road, the Mortuary Chapel is in classic Manx style designed by John Jefferson and was opened circa 1843, John Jefferson also designed what is now Joseph Bucknalls in upper Church Street and the former Methodist School in Peel by Albany Road Corner (Thanks to local Historian Peter Kelly for all his help and information)

The Cemetery is such a wealth of Manx history and the graves of two famous Manx people spring to mind, Archibald Knox and Henry Bloom Noble, incidentally my Grandad and Grandma Killey are also buried in this graveyard.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 20mm, converted into sepia to give a “Ye olde World” look and finally cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Kirk Braddan New Cemetery - © Peter Killey

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Isle of Man Road Services 697 HMN © Peter KilleyWent up to the Jurby Transport Museum on Sunday (16/10/11) to have a look at the stock of vintage transport that are on show, I have to say that the guys up there are doing a fantastic job in maintaining our heritage for all to see.

697 HMN was one of three Leyland Leopard buses built in April 1967 for Isle of Man Road Services Ltd. Originally fitted with 41 coach seats, it entered service on 13 June and completed its public service on the 8th February 1986.

This bus has been restored to an absolute pristine condition and I would recommend a trip up to Jurby to see all the fantastic exhibits.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 18mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Key Features of the New Nikon S8200 Digital Camera

Ultra-portable 14x super-zoom: boasts a compact pocket-size body.

Back illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor: increases the amount of light that each pixel receives, improving sensitivity and reducing noise for superb performance in any light.

Coolpix S820014x NIKKOR zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage: boasts ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass as well as aspherical lens and HRI (High Refractive Index) elements for superior performance. Offers outstanding precision and sharp resolution (35mm equivalent: 25-350 mm).

Anti-blur technology automatically counters blurred images in four different ways. Lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction) reduces the effect of camera shake. High ISO (up to 3200) light sensitivity reduces the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low-light. Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots.

Dedicated light modes: deliver superb results in any light, even without a tripod: Backlight scene mode  with Auto HDR offers impressive tonal detail in any situation. Night Portrait mode delivers beautifully detailed night scenes and indoor portraits. Night Landscape mode lets you shoot sharp images in low light.

Large 7.5 cm (3 in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor offers vivid color reproduction, sharp contrast and clear viewing. Boasts Nikon’s Clear Color Display technology that minimizes reflections, even in bright sunlight.

Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound: optical zoom and autofocus are available during recording, and you can capture a photo while filming. Boasts an option to film in slow or fast motion using recording speeds from 15 to 120 fps (VGA). Camera features a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to an HDTV.

High speed continuous shooting: lets you capture the action at a fast 6 fps.

Quick response: fast start-up and autofocus for capturing moments as they happen.

Easy Panorama 360°/180°: lets you pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.

Special effects: shoot still images or movies using a special effect, or use an in-camera filter to enhance photos after you have taken them. Effects to shoot with include soft focus and Nostalgic Sepia, and you can review your choice on the LCD screen before you begin. Filters include Cross Screen, fisheye and Miniature.

EXPEED C2 image processing system provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

Smart portrait system: advanced automatic features for perfect portraits. Smile Timer takes a series of shots at 6 fps when your chosen subject smiles. Blink Proof alerts you when someone had their eyes closed.

Skin softening adjusts uneven skin tones on people’s faces for smoother looking skin. In-camera Red-eye Fix corrects false eye color due to flash the instant you take the shot.

18 scene modes automatically optimize settings for popular photographic styles, effects and locations.

Scene Auto Selector selects the optimum scene mode for popular photographic situations.

Estimated Price at date of post – £279.00

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These hay bales are ready to be collected together for the winter, the image was taken at Killane in Jurby and the lovely cottage in the background is named Ballateare.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 50mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Killane in Jurby - © Peter Killey

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